“Flooding and Rebuilding: Momentous and Magical Realms in Paint on Canvas”

With so many talented artists in Asheville to write about, it is difficult to choose a single favorite column of 2010. I always enjoy getting to know artists through the interview process, and for this reason I especially enjoyed writing profiles about people like Tim Barnwell, Luca Dipierro,  Peter Parpan and Anna Jensen. Then there are the artists that teach me something new, like Gene Felice, whose work incorporates rapid prototyping — a technology I had never heard about before.

I have finally decided on the article, “Flooding and Rebuilding” about painter Galen Frost Bernard as my favorite column of 2010. It was a pleasure to meet Bernard, and even more of a pleasure to translate the sublime quality of his paintings into words. — Ursula Gullow, columnist, Artillery: Art Around Town

“Process and form rise and converge in the cadenced paintings of Galen Frost Bernard, currently on display at BoBo Gallery in downtown Asheville. Treading the line between abstract and representational art, undulating masses of geometric shape, color and line churn into each other to create the impression of shantytowns built into precipitous environments.
An Awkward Comparison: Environments falling apart and regenerating.

They are more than depictions of fantastical favelas, however — they hearken a frame of mind as well. ‘I'm resistant to the landscape thing," says Bernard, "I'm more interested in painting the feeling of a place, rather than an actual place.’

Indeed, these are not your typical landscapes; these are other worldly realms for the eye to journey across.”

To view the full story, visit http://avl.mx/1k

About Webmaster
Mountain Xpress Webmaster Follow me @MXWebTeam

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.