Holly Johnson Gallery presents Stuart Arends: "Moonlight on the River" opening reception
Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas will present the opening of "Moonlight on the River," a solo exhibition of new works on paper by Stuart Arends. "Moonlight on the River" will be Arends' first exhibition with the gallery.
The title of the exhibition and the body of work comes from the German improvisational acid rock band, "Electric Moon," and Dekooning's 1960 painting, "Door to the River." The thoughts regarding this body of work has to do with the Abstract Expressionist's idea of accessing the flow, or "river" of creativity through the "door" of improvisation, spontaneity, and the unconscious.
"Moonlight on the River" is an ongoing series that the artist began in 2016. They are each watercolor, ink, and pencil on tracing paper measuring 14 X 17 inches. The tracing paper allows the watercolor to sit on the surface. The paper is stretched first, then re-moistened and worked "wet on wet." When dry it remains wrinkled and slightly distressed, which is an important element in the work.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through March 16.