Provincetown, MA: The Alden Gallery will present a two-person show of new work by Kevin Cyr and Laurence Young, opening on Friday, August 24, 2018, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the gallery’s exhibit space at 423 Commercial St. Drinks and refreshments will be served; the gallery is open to the public and free. The show will be on view through September 6.
Kevin Cyr’s hyper-real oil paintings result from the artist’s ongoing fascination with the vehicles he frequently saw in his childhood. “I have always been interested in painting vehicles and scenes that have defined the evolution of the American landscape,” he says. The subjects of his paintings have included commercial vehicles, RVs, vans, camper bicycles, and VW buses, all in a state of disrepair and often marked by graffiti and rust. This year he focuses mainly on Land Rovers and Jeeps, working in oil and also graphite drawings. He puts his vehicles on solid, brightly colored backgrounds, which he likens to a set-up for portraiture. Common themes in his work include mobility, sustainability, mortality and consumer culture.
For his part of the show, which he calls “Full Circle,” Laurence Young departs from the scenes of Cuba and Mexico that had been his recent focus. “Almost 30 years ago, I started out as a plein air landscape painter here in Provincetown under the tutelage of Lois Griffel, then director of the Cape Cod School of Art,” he says. “Over the years, my imagery has changed and evolved as I’ve tried to push the boundaries of my work as an artist. This current body of work brings me full circle, returning to the landscape as my muse. Exploring the woods and kettle ponds of the Cape Cod National Seashore has taken on a very different feel and perspective for me recently. Experiences in my personal life have had a hand in shaping this direction and me as an artist. With subtle color values and layered surfaces, I make my way through each canvas in much the same way that I explore the natural terrain that surrounds me. My daily walks through the Beech Forest, for which I am truly grateful, add a spiritual awareness to this body of work.”
The gallery will be open daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., through Labor Day, after which it will be open weekends through New Year’s Day, 2019. Press contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (646) 483-8164.