For Immediate Release
October 2018

Diane Drescher

New Paintings/New Mexico

October 2 – 27, 2018

Reception: Thursday, October 4, 6-8 pm

The work of Diane Drescher will be featured in a solo show at Bowery Gallery, Oct 2- Oct 27. Drescher is known for her NY city landscapes but this past year she turned her attention to the unique nature and culture of the American Southwest. Her new paintings are a result of two recent trips to New Mexico.

There is a long history of artists going to New Mexico to experience the large forms and its vast space. It is exhilarating and liberating and yet frustratingly difficult to paint. Many artists who paint the southwest landscape develop a somewhat idiosyncratic painting language due to the extremes of the geography and ever-changing quality of the light. Here one discovers the organic nature of old adobe buildings: they literally rise out of the dirt they are standing on. For a painter there is a union of structure and setting like no other: forms and planes seem to merge so that the real drama of the painting often inevitably shifts to the sky and clouds.

Georgia O’Keefe’s New Mexico paintings have become iconic images. Her way of working was to return over and over again to the same motif until it was “hers”. She painted Pedernal over 30 times. “It’s my private mountain,” she once said. ‘It belongs to me. God told me if I painted it enough, I could have it.’” Drescher painted the view of Pedernal at Ghost Ranch and painted Rancho de Taos church, but finally found her own motif in Pecos National Historic Park. It is a high plateau surrounded by mountains with the remains of a Spanish Mission church and Pecos Pueblo dating from the 1600’s.

In a compilation of essays called, “The Spell of New Mexico” (edited by Tony Hillerman), Lawrence Clark Powell offers this advice to writers exploring the southwest: “Seek essences, enduring things, touchstones and symbols; try to recreate in prose what makes this country so increasingly meaningful and necessary to one. Altitude, distance, color, configuration, history, and culture in them dwell the essential things, but they must be extracted”.….

The paintings in this show were all painted on site except for a few larger pieces which were executed in the NY Studio from on-site sketches. Drescher says, “All experience of being in the Southwest desert came back with me to NY. When I was painting in my studio I recalled the feeling of light that day, the curve of the hills, the space behind and in front of “my” monument. It was/is about being true to the experience of the observation”.

View of works in the exhibition here.

Gallery hours are 11am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, please contact the gallery at 646-230-6655 or info@bowerygallery.org

 

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