Co|So is reopening after our holiday break with an exciting lineup of new exhibitions! Opening with a reception on January 12th is our New Members’ Show 2017, featuring the work of Co|So’s 21 new artists accepted in 2016, and our Small Works: Shake It Up exhibition. To get you excited, here is a sneak peek of some works in our New Members’ Show 2017 that will soon be up on the gallery walls.
Richard Sullivan, Big Papi, watercolor, 36 x 42
Even though we’re in the offseason, we’re still filled with Red Sox pride! We love Richard Sullivan’s painting of baseball legend, Big Papi. Sullivan’s use of dripping watercolor paint adds a sense of magic to the otherwise realistic painting. Sullivan, whose work has been accepted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, uses his past experience as an athlete to “…identify with the subject. By mentally connecting with the players, I express the feelings that the subjects are experiencing. I try to capture the same intensity and focus.”
Nan Feldman, Into the Pond 5, oil on canvas, 48 x 36
Dive into an underwater city full of bright colors in Nan Feldman’s Into the Pond 5. Earth-toned lily pads float in the front of the painting and are reflected again in a bright green on the surface of the water. A darker blue area in the left-hand corner suggests deeper, murkier water, while hot pink flowers stretch upwards and out of the water. No matter where you look in the painting, there is a new source of life to discover.
Elliot Portman, Sitting by the Road in the Rain and Witnessing the Tepid Darkness, pen and ink, 16 x 13
Boston is dark and eerie in Portman’s lengthily titled pen and ink drawing. Buildings appear stacked on top of each other and the harsh light of street lamps makes the ground flow like a river. Portman’s works are intentionally devoid of people, giving them a moody feeling of isolation. He notes in his artist statement: “You can’t control when you’re alone, or how you feel about it. But I find beauty and tranquility in moments that we generally find unnerving. Being alone with the world is a scary thing. … As social creatures, sometimes we are alone, quiet and separate for a reason. For me, that reason is my art. I give those unavoidable moments meaning, as I simultaneously take meaning from them.”
By Erica Evans