Provincetown, MA: The Alden Gallery will present a two-person show of new work by Joerg Dressler and Alice Denison, opening on Friday, August 14, 2020, at 423 Commercial St. As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no opening reception. The show will be on view through August 27.
The work of Joerg Dressler, a founding artist of the Alden Gallery, is driven by humanity’s perceptions of nature. Disjointed experiences of the seen and unseen are reassembled in his art, creating a reality of their own. Dressler’s evocative, sensual paintings derive from a sincere dialogue between the representational and the abstract, the conceptual and the purely spontaneous. His newest work highlights his continued fascination with the ambiguity of water. The show of his work at the Alden Gallery, “Proceed with Curiosity,” invites the viewer to explore and examine the endless beauty and mysteries of the natural world. Dressler was born in Hanau, Germany. He received his MFA from the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach, Germany, in 1994. He also studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, France. Dressler moved to the United States in 1996. He is a recipient of the Romanos Rizk Scholarship, and was awarded the Mass Cultural Council 2020 Artist Fellowships Program: Finalist in Painting. Dressler’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York.
Proceed with Curiosity, by Joerg Dressler, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inches
A graduate of MassArt’s former MFA program at the Fine Arts Work Center who also has been with Alden Gallery since its inception, Alice Denison serves up work from her “Lay of the Land” series for her 2020 show. This is how she explains its genesis: “Last fall, I moved to the Pioneer Valley. Aside from my college days, this is the first time I’ve left the coast. Not that I’m all that far away, but far enough to change the landscape. My daily walks seem to be all uphill, but then I arrived in time for the pandemic, so what isn’t a climb? These small works were going to be very different. They were going to be based on drawings of plants from the greenhouse at Smith College, where, before the shutdown, I enjoyed some winter hours. But these works came, despite my plans, and I let them. When I’d completed the first piece, I began to understand how much they owe to Jeremy Foss, a superb painter and cherished mentor who died last fall.”
Lay of the Land VI, by Alice Denison, oil on linen, 12 x 12 inches
The Alden Gallery is open daily, noon-5 p.m., through Labor Day, after which it will be open weekends through New Year’s Day, 2021. It is free and open to the public. During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, masks must be worn within the gallery and only one party of up to two people will be admitted at one time. Appointments will be given priority. During gallery hours, call 508-487-4230; off-hours, call 646-483-8164.
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The remainder of the 2020 season schedule for the Alden Gallery:
August 28 through September 10: Robert Morgan and Kevin Cyr
September 11 through September 24: Jane Paradise and Cathleen Daley