Louisa Gould Gallery
54 Main Street
Vineyard Haven, MA
Press Release: The
Louisa Gould Gallery is pleased to announce the first abstract art
show of Vineyard artists at the
in the exhibit called
Vineyard Abstraction. The following
artists will exhibit: Marjorie Mason, Ed Cohen, Jules Worthington,
Roberta Gross, Margo Ouellette
, and Ovid
Ward. The shows opens Friday
29th and runs
until Sept 12th. Please
join us to meet the artists at an artist
reception on Saturday
, August 30th
from 6-8pm. Live music and refreshments will be provided.
al artwork needs
no introduction on the Vineyard
her non-representational artwork should been seen
as this is
her abstract work on the Vineyard.
"The body of work
that is called Tea Lane series or T-lane and the Chilmark series were
begun in the mid
-1990s. My intention is
to explore further the process of image making in 2-D and
specifically to see how far I can push the familiar limits of
painting this Island landscape in monotype. I am very interested in
the work of Richard Diebenkorn and borrow heavily from his model of
form as a way to see landscape more elementally. When pictorial
ingredients are undressed this way
is left is a more sobering view of the ‘bricks and mortar
so to speak. It is in this more essential world that the usual games
played with color, shape, edges and composition can be held up to the
light and discovered anew. Stepping out of the world of ‘recognizable
association’ is a joyful experience that strengthens the most
important pathway to artistic satisfaction; that path is the art of
Ovid Ward is well know
for his photorealistic maritime
the Vineyard, many which are on the walls of the
Vineyard Abstraction there are new
very large abstract works which show the range of this
says of his new abstract work, "Whimsicals… I love my
whimsical paintings...they are the only paintings in my house . They
are spontaneous , energetic, happy, colorful, and fun . They have a
good long-distant "read," and when you look up close, there
are all sorts of interesting things going on . Although they are
abstract, there is realistic subject matter scattered throughout the
paintings (realism I've learned by years of doing my photo
A new artist to the
gallery is Roberta L. Gross.
time summer resident
, Roberta has
recently taught abstract painting at Featherstone Center for the
says, "My paintings, sometimes lyrical, and other times, bold
and organic, represent my instinctive, gestural and expressionistic
reactions to specific images, whether still
or the human figure. Other times, my paintings are my
personalized readings of literature and myths. The colors, however,
often reflect my immersion in the Vineyard landscape, particularly
the reds, yellows, blues and greens of the Aquinnah beaches, as seen
in the morning light and evening sunsets. Even my use of black
lines, sometimes bold and other times wispy and coiled, also can be
seen in the dark, inky seaweed left by the waves on the changing
contours of the sand.
work by layering and scraping the surface, applying color
and shaping the composition with emphatic gestural lines. The
finished paintings, sometimes personal in meaning to me but always
reflecting my immersion in the painting process, are for the viewer
to interpret from an individualized point of view."
Ed Cohen will show his
work for the first time on the Vineyard. Although painting for over
years, both in New York City, where he has a
solo show opening next month, and in Chilmark. Ed's fresh canvases
with bold but discriminating use of color complete the show.
Ed paints with acrylics in a process called fluid
in which he lets the paint flow onto the canvas.
"My interests grow
out of my experience of painting
materials, experimenting, confronting a blank canvas--for
over 18 years.
have summered on the Vineyard for over 30 years and painted for 18.
Living on Stonewall
Pond, I experience the peace of the pond and the drama of the ocean
waves pounding the endless rocks on Stonewall beach.
ebb and flow of the tides, the changing moonlight on the pond and
and waking to the sunrise on the
Eastern horizon are all experiences of natural forms that influence
use the flow of the paint and am interested in the resulting natural
have been influenced by the paintings of 17th century Japanese monks.
Their works are called enso paintings in which painting is an
expression of a state of mind and a way of seeing the world. In my
painting, I seek a mental and physical space where painting becomes a
kind of meditation. I hope the viewer has a similar experience.
work reflects my interest in cosmology and the cosmos.
try to create a dialectic between a sense of the cosmos (the
infinite) and the microcosms I create."
Louisa Gould Gallery is
located at 54 Main Street
Vineyard Haven. The gallery is open daily
from 11-5pm. Please call with any questions (508) 693.7373 or visit
the www.louisagould.com. for further information.