Contemporary Abstract Paintings of Janis Pozzi Johnson and Charlie Bluett
Porcelain sculptural “vessels” by Jennifer McCurdy
May 4 - June 1, 2019
In the Central Gallery of West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park Opening Reception: May 4, 3-5pm
West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park is pleased to announce the open- ing of Biding: Exploration and Expectation, a group exhibition of contemplative and quietly reflective non-objective paintings by Janis Pozzi Johnson and Charlie Bluett, accompanied by the sculptural hand thrown porcelain vessels of ceramic artist Jennifer McCurdy. Exhibition will open May 4th, from 3-5pm, and the public is invited to attend. Exhibition is on view at 17 Towne Farm Lane, Stowe VT- May 4th, 2019 - June 1, 2019.
Janis Pozzi Johnson’s process-driven oil paintings are the result of hundreds of layers of accumulated pigment, applied methodically over a period of months. Of her work, the artist says “I translate my life’s experience with loss and unexpected regeneration into visual poetry.” Pozzi Johnson lives and works in Chicago, IL.
Charlie Bluett, a British painter living in bucolic, rural Vermont, has created a quiet body of work that abstractly references the tonal variation of stands of birch trees and beach pebbles- the ghostly bark streaked with black, greys and browns and the repetition of overlapping rounded shapes providing inspiration for his canvases.
Jennifer McCurdy’s manipulated, thrown porcelain vessels reflect the dynamic forces that form them, and transcend the practical origin of a vessel to metaphorically hold more ethereal things. In pushing the limits of her materials, and being inspired by natural forms that share the same struc- tural solutions as her sculptural vessels, she creates quietly dynamic pieces that seem to move and evolve before the viewer’s eyes. McCurdy finds much inspiration in her surroundings on Martha’s Vinyard.