Opening Friday, July 24, 2015, 7 – 9 pm
The Alden Gallery will present “Laurence Young and Paul Pedulla,” a two-person show of new work, opening on Friday, July 24, 2015, 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 exhibit will be on view through August 6.
Laurence Young has subtitled his part of the show “Past and Present,” because it is inspired by historical black-and-white photographs of Provincetown, where he lives and works as an artist year-round. Using archival imagery is a bit of a departure for Young, who studied plein-air painting with Lois Griffel, the director of the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, and color with Provincetown icon Wolf Kahn; his layered landscapes and portraits have typically been interpretations of the light he experiences in the here and now. But for Young, trained at the University of Hartford and the Rhode Island School of Design, the time-worn photographs of the maritime life on Cape Cod are merely a jumping-off point: the colorful oils he has produced for this show are views of the past as seen through the dream-like filter of the present. He has been showing at the Alden Gallery since it opened in 2007.
Boston-based artist Paul Pedulla is calling his part of the exhibit “Beach in the Wild,” because he has set his imagination free in conjuring up aspects of the Provincetown visual experience that appeal to him. This is Pedulla’s second show at the Alden Gallery. “My paintings are representational yet abstract,” he says of his pared-down, acrylic-on-canvas work. “What you see is a moment, one that reveals a relationship between a building and sky, a road and the landscape, the sky and the sea, figures in an environment, or a window and the world it views. I’m drawn to an uncluttered sensibility—what I leave out of my paintings is probably as important as what I put in.”