In Reflections on a pond, her fourth exhibition at the Bowery Gallery in New York, Adrianne Lobel presents a new series of graphic and geometric paintings inspired by the landscape and its reflection on her pond in upstate New York. She works outdoors in the warmer months and takes the work to her studio in Hoboken in the winter, creating larger, cleaner versions of exterior “sketches”. Over the years the work has become more abstract as she attempts to compose the chaos of nature into something almost architectural.
Adrianne Lobel takes up the classic challenge of abstraction by distilling her experience of nature with carefully crafted forms. Varied color harmonies, richly painted, signal the changing of the seasons and the time of day. Powerfully composed arrangements bring a tension of design and a sense of resolution in their clarity. The artist uses a great invention to achieve infinite and subtle variations using only rectangles, half circles and half circles. The elements overlap, overlap, find themselves cut out by dark lines. The edges are painted freehand, giving the work a warmth and accessibility that a more mechanical approach would lack. The resulting paintings are extremely satisfying.
John A. Parks, painter, teacher and art writer
Lobel approaches painting with a practiced cubist eye. She energetically roughs along the surface of her paintings while applying edgy chrome yellows, leafy greens, deep blacks and warm reds. His goal is a paint density that reads like flesh, and his geometry suggests the landscape. Her outdoor method reinforces her principles: she actively arrives, finds and locates forms. An organic fusion of reality and invention founds his world. Lobel relies on inner strength, vision, and tough decisions: handmade and heartfelt.
George Negroponte, painter, curator and art writer
Adrianne Lobel: Reflections on a Pond is on view from April 25 to May 20 at Bowery Gallery. A reception will be held on April 27, from 5 to 8 p.m.
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