Art Around Town, Portsmouth: Three Graces Gallery, August 5, 2011
Denise Duong, who will be on view until October 3rd, has four decent-sized (approximately three foot square) mixed-medium paintings that capture the naive and the sophisticated, at once embracing life and capturing the dream. “Savoring all the moments that we experience is a story, it’s living life”, is taken from the statement on her show invitation. The works strongest features beyond the playful and personal imagery is her use of beautiful textures, and layers that vary in glossiness.
Anne Buckwalter’s pieces have a bit more social comment, though they continue the serious attention to surface that Duong’s pieces exemplify. “Watching Children Watching Television” is a gritty view of the visual you get every time you are in a department/Big Box store in the electronics department. The children vary little as they are frozen in front of the wall of TVs.
One wall is devoted to Robin Luciano Beaty’s mixed-media encaustics. The pieces “Confidence 1”, “Confidence 6”, and “Confidence 22” have sensibility that pays homage to Mark Rothko with the translucency vs weightiness contradiction that can really only be achieved in this manner using wax in the pigment.
I spoke briefly with Kim Ferrera about business, and she said, with a quiet sigh, that sales have been better this summer than the last two. This echoed what I heard from Mike Marks in Portland. She is also an artist and though I did not note any of her work, it is also definitely a reason to stop here.
This is the first of a series of three posts about this Art Around Town. I will also discuss the work at Kennedy Studios and at Nahcotta.
Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, artinsmallplaces