On view June 1 - July 10, 2020
Gregory Parker | Main Gallery
The paintings in this show are the result of several years of discovery and evolution. I have studied and created art most of my life, starting when I was young and continuing to the present. I can describe my creative life as a bumpy road with lots of highs and lows, but for a reason I don’t completely understand, I am still on that road. The creative impulse has been difficult to deny, so I generally comply even when it seems like an exercise in futility. At this point, my life and my art, have become fully integrated- they constantly evolve and echo each other. I have always been an experimenter, trying new things, new approaches. The upside to this is I may eventually stumble upon something that demands my focus and pushes me to explore new ideas. The downside is that this focus is difficult to maintain in the face of life’s challenges and commitments. I have, nonetheless, pursued visual ideas that I hope are successfully translated into paint. With this new series of work, I use landscape motifs as the context of my fairly abstract and expressive compositions. This gives the work a link to a recognizable form and hopefully allows others to easily access it. Once I start a painting, it quickly begins to take on a life of its own. I try to build in elements of chance in the process, to keep things interesting. In this show’s collection of paintings, I hope to achieve an otherworldly quality in the work that is a peek into something both familiar and strange.