On page A25 of the New York Times, there is a series of photographs today that at first glance made me think of graceful and delicate swimming jellyfish. In fact they are photos of plastic bags that the photographer ,Bryan Graph, picked up from the woods near his home. The artist, writes about the process of taking the photos:"The...images trace the objects gliding in the air moments before they come to rest."
That picture, of the bags flying in the air, immediately made me think of another piece in the paper, on page A7, about President N. Sarkozy wishing to ban the full veil from all public places in France. So, I promptly imagined these rather bagish -looking black 'garments' being blown up in the air and looking rather beautiful (albeit for the first time) as they twist and contort flying away, away, away...
But there is one more thing. I took a peak at the opening reception at Jennifer Kostuik Gallery.
I had a lovely chat with the artist herself who is very friendly and warm, and who is also clear and articulate in discussing her work. Colleen Flynn-Lawson is a self-taught artist who told me she felt 'compelled' to do what she does and when she made up her mind to pursue this artistic path there was no turning back . I think an artist has to be a brave risk-taker by definition, and Colleen proved me right!
The paintings have intriguing , complex, exquisite surfaces made with acrylics on wood. I loved the contrast between grids of thin, metalic-looking lines and organic, fluid layers of paint moving unpredictably.
If you are in town, the artist will be at the gallery again on Saturday . The show will be on until May 22 .You can see more images and find out more here.