Left:Kehoe, detail: Peonies (Green) 2008,
oil on panel 8 x8" Middle: Bulkeley: detail: Bee #3, 2008,
guache on Arches Paper 10 x 7" Right: detail: Shambroom,
Jerusalem Artichoke II, 2008 oil on linen, 42 x 40"
Bulkeley, Catherine Kehoe, and Donald Shambroom
May 29 - June 30th, 2009
Morgan Bulkeley is known for his paintings, sculpture and wood
- carvings. Thematically his work deals with our, often, dysfunctional
relationship with nature and with one another. Looking at one
of Bulkeley's pieces the viewer is initially seduced by what appears
to be a bright happy world. On closer Inspection we discover that
under this bright veneer of color and surface things are not going
so well. Limbs litter the landscape along with beer cans, packs
of gum, candy and cigarettes. A bear like creature stares out
at us with a portion of a human torso in its mouth. Bulkeley makes
work that encourages us to ponder the human condition while at
the same time captivating us with his wit, whimsy and hand.
Kehoe, who is known for her self-portraits, treats her still-lifes
with the same intensity, capturing diverse textures and effects
with startling economy. There is a poignant melancholy in Kehoe's
work that speaks to the passage of time and memory as well as
endurance and strength. A highly accomplished draftsman Kehoe
combines her drawing ability with a similar mastery of the palette
knife. Using knife and brush she is able to construct compelling
"portraits of flowers from planes of color".
Shambroom makes large scale paintings of plants at unusual, often
unnoticed points in their life cycle, in spring or early fall,
before or after they have flowered. He is moved by the notion
of animated things coming from the inanimate, as poppies growing
from the trenches of war. The paintings begin with the study of
these plants, followed by their sometimes, rapid re-animation
in paint, and a reinvention of their gestures, color and light.
Their growth is both exuberant and unpredictable. The results
are paintings that are at the same time beautiful and provocative.
For further information please contact Howard Yezerski Gallery
617.262.0550 Tuesday - Saturday 10-5:30pm