Look at the works on display in Co|So’s Upper Gallery and you might spot some familiar scenes. Jim Connelly’s first solo show, Urban Vision, presents different viewpoints of Boston from unique perspectives.
Jim Connelly, Hancock Mirror, oil, 48 x 36 inches
What better way to see Boston than through the reflective glass panels of the Hancock Tower? In Hancock Mirror, Connelly depicts two historic buildings through the lens of Boston’s most iconic skyscraper. Visible to the right of the reflection is Trinity Church, the acclaimed work of architect Henry Hobson Richardson, which is designated as a National Historic Landmark. On the left side of the reflection sits the Berkeley Building, also known as the Old John Hancock Building. It was succeeded by the new Hancock tower in the 1970s. Connelly cleverly merges the past and the present in Hancock Mirror, highlighting the old with the new.
Jim Connelly, Garage Closes, oil, 36 x 24 inches
There is perhaps nothing more heavily associated with Boston than the Red Sox. In Garage Closes, Connelly pays homage to our beloved team while showing quieter, reflective moments. Rather than showing the frantic rush of Bostonians and tourists going to the game, Connelly zooms in on a discreet moment after the game on Van Ness Street, which runs along the back of Fenway Park. The empty parking lot, with its rust splattered garage door could be anywhere. It is only the sign and location that identifies this space with the Red Sox.
Jim Connelly, Charlesgate East, oil, 30×40
Connelly depicts the charm and splendor of Charlesgate East with an extreme perspective. Using a worm’s eye view, Connelly captures the intricate floral pattern of the scrollwork adorning the brownstone condominiums. The soft blue of the sky softens the dynamic lines of the building, preventing it from looking overpowering.
Join Jim as he gives a demonstration on Saturday, October 29th from 1:00-3:00. We hope to see you there! (for more information, visit the event page)
Written by Erica Evans