Against high white walls, bright, energetic works are on view at the Arlington Arts Center. The power of the show, titled simply "Juried Painting Exhibition," is the fresh, new-wave approach of the painters.
New York gallery director Holly Solomon juried this areawide show. In October, 250 artists submitted 1,127 slides of their most recent work. After a preliminary jury narrowed the field, Solomon selected 51 art works by 42 artists.
"Solomon was very aggressive in choosing the works for the show," said Robert Cwiok, director of the Arts Center. "There was no real indecision on her part. I was not sure how it would look as she made her choices, but when it was hung it all made sense. The show has an energized feeling to it."
The artists are relatively unknown. Fresh talent trying to find its way into the mainstream brings high energy and experimentation to this exhibit. Lucy Jaffe's "A Real Dragon," acrylic collage on board, vibrates with reds, blues and greens against white, in twisting forms that reach out from the flat surface base. Tom Kenyon's "Tribal Man," done in balsa wood, paper and paint, is simple and clever. James Colwell contributes his suburban landscape, an ideal scene if it were not for the haunting, ragged tear through the middle of the panel.
From large to small, and realism to abstractions, these selected artists come on with full force. Their methods are what would be called new wave; that is, many of the pieces incorporate their frames into the work. Also, artists Wayne Page, Ronnie Spiewak and Steven Carroll Foster paint graffiti into their pieces, while John Marshall goes to the other extreme with his "Generic Painting," an assemblage done in white with uniform black lettering.
Solomon may have focused the direction for many area artists in her statement of a preference for energetic styles.
She will be at the Arts Center on Sunday at 3 p.m. to discuss the exhibit. The juried show will come down on Dec. 28. For further details call 524-1494. Other Events:
Paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries, opening Saturday at Gallery 4. For details call 548-4600.