A Weekend in the Country Curated by Paul Laster June 18 – August 7, 2015
Magnan Metz Gallery is proud to announce the opening of A Weekend in the Country, a group exhibition of contemporary artists Jude Broughan, Ernesto Caivano, Anthony Goicolea, Ellen Harvey, Jason Middlebrook, Donna Moylan and Spencer Tunick, curated by Paul Laster.
Together, these artists explore a dialogue between landscape and abstraction.
A visit to Donna Moylan’s magnificently restored 1820s’ residence in Kinderhook, NY and an awe-inspired viewing of Rob Marshall’s 2014 musical film Into the Woods, reminded the curator of how marvelously the compositions of Stephen Sondheim addresses contemporary times and brought his thoughts back to Sondheim’s whimsical tune “A Weekend in the Country,” which plays particularly well with the ironic engagement of nature in these seven artists’ works.
Donna Moylan makes psychologically charged, metaphysical paintings rich with abstract elements; Jason Middlebrook uses natural forms as a ground for his painterly explorations of geometric abstraction; Anthony Goicolea pushes painting and drawing into romantic, architectural realms in his magical, double-sided works on Mylar mounted on boards; and Ellen Harvey investigates history and geography in her aerial views of ruins married with abstract forms.