Proximities, an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Janie Paul, will be on display at the Blue Mountain Gallery in Chelsea, NYC from Sept. 8 — Oct. 3.
In the watercolors, simple organic shapes create gestures of human and natural existence. With purposefully irregular contours that bring us close to drawing, the not quite geometric shapes approach, touch, reach, nestle and accumulate into relationships that feel familiarly fundamental. A high horizon suggests landscape; it is a terrain of both interior memory and essences of observed phenomena. The atmosphere radiates luminous color in a broad spectrum of light and dark.
The color pencil and graphite drawings on wood are textures of closely woven tiny marks in which unrecognizable but familiar objects float close to ground lines and horizons that double as stripes and patterns. They evoke interior and exterior space, containment and flight, and the co-habitation of intimacy with immensity.