Dreams in Stone

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"Acadia LIII", 2008 Oil On Canvas 42" X 30" © Jack Bolen
"Acadia XXXVI", 2008 Oil In Canvas 36" X 30" © Jack Bolen
"Acadia XXXIX", 2008 Oil On Canvas 50" X 40" © Jack Bolen
Dreams in Stone
Curated by: Barbara Neski

548 West 28th St (6th Floor, Suite # 632)
10001 New York City
February 10th, 2009 - March 7th, 2009
Opening: February 12th, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

(212) 414-4040
Tue-Sat 12-6
landscape, surrealism


Jack Bolen


Dreams in Stone

Dates Feb. 10 - March 7, 2009
Reception Thursday, February 12, 6pm to 8pm
Viridian Artists, Inc. is pleased to present its second exhibition of the painter, Jack Bolen: “Dreams in Stone”.

Dreams are based in reality, but they rapidly assume a reality of their own. They occupy an ambiguous, often contradictory, space and appear to shift strangely in time.

So it is with the paintings of Jack Bolen. Based on rock formations clustered along the coastline of Acadia National Park, Maine, they are collectively entitled “The Acadia Paintings”. In the presence of these works the viewer is invited to dream, awaken, and dream again, with eyes wide open.

Bolen had examined these unusually contorted, frequently geometrically striated geological formations over several years. He eventually realized their pronounced similarity to the eroded surfaces of Pharaonic Egyptian temples and tombs, which had been the source of his then current series of work.

Toward the end of that series, his paintings had begun to veer away from specific architectural imagery, becoming increasingly concerned with the mysterious textures of these ancient monuments. This would initiate a transition to the Acadia Paintings.

Bolen’s earlier Viridian exhibition, “The Acadia Paintings”, represented a “middle period” of this series. The current exhibition emphasizes the consistency of the “dreamlike” quality of his perceptual development. It includes one of the final “Pharaonic” paintings, followed by a group of the earliest Acadia paintings, and culminating with a selection of the most recent Acadia works.

In a review of Bolen’s previous exhibition the writer Ed McCormack stated in Gallery and Studio magazine: “The subtlety of these compositions imbues them with a power of their own, a haunting sense of silence, suggesting ancient mysteries unearthed by a deeply intuitive, exquisitely refined contemporary sensibility”.
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