For Immediate Release
November 2019

 

Thaddeus Radell

Agitation on the Acheron

October 29 – November 23, 2019

Opening Reception: November 2, 2019, Saturday, 3-6 PM

 

Bowery Gallery is pleased to present recent work by Thaddeus Radell, whose darkly luminous paintings evoke journeys through landscapes of the unconscious.

From the artist’s richly layered surfaces—broadly trowelled in places, elsewhere delicately incised—emerge visions of the river Acheron and the ferryman Charon, who in Dante’s Inferno transports souls to the underworld. Elements within these figure compositions, whether humans, horses or boats, appear and disappear within the atmospheric depths, while bits of embedded burlap suggest a ragged dimension beyond paint.

Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo. (If I cannot bend the heavens above, I will move hell.)

So states a character in Virgil’s Aeneid. Nineteen centuries later, Sigmund Freud borrowed the words to introduce his groundbreaking The Interpretation of Dreams. In similar but less direct fashion, Radell pursues the division between conscious and unconscious, the worldly and the epic.

The exhibition includes a number of small portraits, some attached atop the largest paintings. While inspired by early Renaissance panels, they plumb inner states connecting all eras.

A preview of works in the exhibition is available at www.thaddeusradell.com

There will be a reception from 3-6pm on Saturday, November 2. Radell will engage the artist Simon Carr in a conversation about art at 4:00pm at the gallery on Saturday November 23.

The Bowery Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information contact the gallery at 646-230-6655 or info@bowerygallery.org

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