Lynn Kotula’s paintings draw you in with their apparent simplicity and directness. At first glance they appear to simply concern themselves with objects on a tabletop, and the tabletop itself, carved in light. But give them more attention. These paintings are animated by a lively conversation between color, shape and form – between squash and shell and the folded spaces of cloth, with peppers and eggplants sometimes tumbling and sliding, suddenly brought up short by the anchoring vertical of a table edge or coffee pot. Or in a small painting, the vertical of an apple-green bottle gourd holds its own against the rolling waves of blue-gray cloth, accented by purple eggplants and a luminous scalloped white squash.
The conversaions in Kotula’s paintings explore the tension between the perceived world and the abstraction inherent in the two-dimensional surface of the painting. The color shapes hover between their roles as shape alone and as definer of the object, finding an active dynamic in the most straightforward terms.
Kotula’s work has been exhibited in seven one-person shows at Prince Street Gallery in New York City, and at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and the Clark House Gallery in Bangor Maine. She has also been featured in numerous group shows: at Lohin Geduld Gallery, Lori Bookstein Gallery and The Painting Center in NYC; at The Contemporary Realist Gallery in San Francisco; at the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in Montecastelo, Italy; and, as a member of Zeuxis, throughout the US, most recently at the Lancaster Museum of Fine Art in Lancaster, PA and at MICA, in Baltimore, MD. This is her first exhibition at the Bowery Gallery.