Allegra LaViola Gallery is pleased to present The Lonely Sea and The Sky, a group exhibition of paintings and works on paper. The opening will be Wednesday, June 5th from 6-8PM and the exhibition is on view until June 23rd.
The title of the exhibition derives from the poem “Sea Fever” by English poet John Masefield and explores the idea of the sea as a release from the usual ties and bonds of life.
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.
Whether explicitly, as in Roy Fowler’s powerfully light watercolor waves, or more obscurely, the sea and the sky offer inspiration and escape for artists of all ilks. Fowler’s works have the elegance of Japanese woodcuts with the excitement of a Hawaiian vacation, leaving us refreshed and exhilarated. The chaos and magnitude of the oceans and skies become clear in Vadis Turner’s looping fabric storms. This same might is depicted in the turbid waters of Sandi Slone’s layered blues, submerging us both in color and action. Like Slone, Shane McAdams takes one image from
beneath the waves, we are immersed in water and looking up to the dazzling sky above. McAdams’ second work addresses the effects of light on water- his seascape is transformed by the color of the sky so that it seems that the whole world is illuminated from within. Robin Hubbard’s vibrant pastels examine the landscape both from afar and near- the dappled light of the water dissolves into myriad colors and points. Amy Wilson’s narrative drawings take us on a journey with the artist as she studies the effects of water on her mind and body. Her deceptively child-like images belie a pensive inquiry into what the water holds within its depths and what that means to us. Similarly focused on the human experience of the beach, Sarah Kurz’s depictions of resort life present a tranquil vision of a Riviera entirely devoid of people and populated by only the paraphernalia of vacations.
The ocean remains a mysterious and compelling subject for artists- as Herman Melville wrote in Moby Dick : “...we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans. It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.”