Stop in to see "Unintended Consequences," featuring work from Roslindale, Watertown and Great Barrington artists, through June 30 at the Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston.
Stop in to see "Unintended Consequences," through June 30 at the Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston.
The exhibit features three artists with very different styles: Catherine Kehoe, Morgan Bulkeley and Donald Shambroom.
Kehoe, of Roslindale, who is known for her self-portraits, treats her still lifes with the same intensity, capturing diverse textures and effects with startling economy. There is a poignant melancholy in her work that speaks to the passage of time and memory as well as endurance and strength. A highly accomplished draftsman, Kehoe combines her drawing ability with a similar mastery of the palette knife. Kehoe teaches painting at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is a talented graphic artist who also works for Community Newspaper Co.
"I think Catherine is an artist who is producing an important body of work," said gallery owner Howard Yezerski.
Bulkeley is known for his paintings, sculpture and woodcarvings. Thematically his work deals with our often dysfunctional relationships with nature and with one another. Looking at one of Bulkeley's pieces, the viewer is initially seduced by what appears to be a bright happy world. On closer inspection, one discovers that under this bright veneer of color and surface, things are not going so well. Limbs litter the landscape along with beer cans, packs of gum, candy and cigarettes. A bear-like creature stares out at us with a portion of a human torso in its mouth. Bulkeley makes work that encourages us to ponder the human condition while at the same time captivating us with his wit, whimsy and hand.
A Watertown artist, Shambroom makes large-scale paintings of plants at unusual, often unnoticed points in their life cycle, in spring or early fall, before or after they have flowered. He is moved by the notion of animated things coming from the inanimate, as poppies growing from the trenches of war. The paintings begin with the study of these plants, followed by their sometimes rapid re-animation in paint, and a reinvention of their gestures, color and light. Their growth is both exuberant and unpredictable. The results are paintings that are at the same time beautiful and provocative.
Howard Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave., Boston, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 617-262-0550 or go to www.howardyezerskigallery.com for more information.