Opening on Friday, September 2, 2016, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Provincetown, MA: The Alden Gallery will present “Catherine McCarthy and Cathleen Daley,” a two-person show of new work, opening on Friday, September 2, 2016, 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 15.
Catherine McCarthy is an award-winning Boston-based artist with an extensive history of exhibiting nationally, including four solo museum shows: at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where her work is part of the permanent collection; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, in Kansas City; the Knoxville Museum of Art; and the San Jose Museum of Art. “She has always been fearless in her experimentation with different paint applications on one canvas,” writes Boston Globe art critic Cate McQuaid. The work created for her Alden Gallery show, McCarthy says, “continues to arise from my fascination with man’s relationship to the sea, particularly through the lens of history. Themes of dominance, exploration and longing emerge. Varying the way the paint is handled, from heavy impasto to gentle washes, adds to the evocation in these moody paintings.”
Cathleen Daley has been with the Alden Gallery since our inception nine years ago, and we’re thrilled to have her back with new and exciting paintings from her Velvet Sun series. “Color has always been central to my artistic practice,” she says. “In this current body of work, color simplifies and gains specificity as I explore the essential phenomena and subtle aspects of light. With eyes attuned to light’s vanishing points—to the moment when color enters and exits—I witness and catalogue light and its attending color. Each painting is a re-enactment of sorts, of a very particular sensory experience of color observed or remembered. I paint in many thin layers of oil and feel satisfied only when the color temperature and pitch offer a semblance of the original perceptual experience. Like a sky we call blue yet realize that it’s composed of a range of atmospheric hues, the painted layers lend depth and ambiguity—history revealed in close viewing. Each painting begins with a gridded drawing to which I apply color without the use of tape, preferring to participate in the meditation and discovery that the hand alone allows.”
The gallery will be open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. (Fri.-Sat. till 10 p.m.), through September 5. Through September 15: Thurs. through Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 6 to 9 p.m. Press contact: Howard Karren, 646-483-8164 / firstname.lastname@example.org