Come join us on Saturday, December 3, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Village Gallery for the opening display of Richard McMurry’s newest series of artwork, “American Light“.
There’s a series of 19th century impressionist paintings called “Italian Light” by the artist Jean Baptiste Camille Corot. In these compositions he uses a mixture of sunlight and Italian architecture, to convey a deep sense of warmth. The sensation of warmth is enhanced by the way the buildings and houses are covered with yellow-ochre paint.
We know that light is just a combination of small particles and waves, but in our minds, we have an illusion that sunlight looks different in different locations and also according to the various seasons.
John Sloan, a turn of the century New York artist, in his paintings captured the way light reflects off the windows of urban buildings, which in turn reflects off of other buildings, and so on. Thus, we have the illusion of an “American Light.”
In this series, I’m attempting to capture a sense of the urban summer heat. The amount of surface area in the city tends to act as a natural solar collector, making cities hotter than other places.
On excessively hot days we often try to escape the heat by going to the shopping malls, movies or symphony halls, but ultimately, we traverse the intense beams of light getting in and out of our cars.
Although I avoid cities in the summer, I enjoy their luminosity and the grittiness.
These are a series of luminescent contemporary illustrations. There will also be an accompanying music ensemble of the Tuesday Morning Recorder Ensemble (TMoR).
This reception is free and open to the public.