Monday, January 11, 2016

New Exhibit at (716) Gal - lery

I am pleased to announce that I will have an exhibition of new, commissioned paintings at (716) Gal-lery. The initial inspiration for this series of small oil paintings is the gallery itself...Buffalo's smallest gallery -- a phone booth at The Hydraulic Hearth restaurant in Larkinville.   The paintings tell the story of calling up one's artistic heroes on  foreign pay phones, having said heroes answer via cool outdated communication devices, and then getting together for a drink and/or dessert to converse about all the nuances of painting.  Titled "It's ridiculous to leave all the conversation to the pudding," a quote from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, this exhibit is a release into the whimsical and the nonsensical -- a very welcome place where the joys of color, composition, humor and growth dwell.  The exhibit will also contain audio conversations with a few artistic legends and perhaps even some classic phone booth movie scenes.  Below are paintings from just one of the "conversations."

I was feeling a bit lost as I wandered through Budapest, so I called up Wayne Thiebaud to find some direction.  He answered on one of his three pastel princess phones, which color I forgot to ask.  I did ask him, however, which way I ought to go, and he said to come for a visit.  So we talked about direction; he told me, "Every paint stroke takes you farther and farther away from your initial concept. And you have to be thankful for that."  And feeling quite far from any concept, I figured I should be quite thankful to be wandering.   I sipped on my cocoa, nibbled on my HoHos, and occasionally "walked the dog" on one of the many colorful YoYos set out upon the table. 

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from Budapest?"
Three Little Words...

HoHos, Cocoas, and YoYos with Wayne