Visual Dynamics: paintings by Judith Krischik; photographs by George Paton

Exhibition Dates:     June 5-28, 2009
Opening Date:        FRIDAY, June 5th, 5 to 8 pm

The June exhibition at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, “Visual Dynamics”, reveals captivating commonality between paintings by Judith Krischik and photographs by George Paton. The artists’ work invites the viewer to gaze across the surface to discover the relationships between compositional form, line, design, texture, scale, color and proportion. The show will be on display at the Harlow Gallery from June 5th through June 28th. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, June 5th, from 5-8pm.

On Tuesday, June 23rd at 7pm, both artists will discuss their work in a gallery talk, also at the Harlow Gallery.

Judith Krischik uses fluid acrylics and an extensive layering technique to develop a depth of negative and positive space in her work on paper. The artist from Mt. Vernon developed her style out of her experience with watercolors. Although the acrylics are often applied as impasto at the beginning of the painting process, the paint is then thinned down with a glazing medium building up translucent layers that gives the image a resistant mystery. In her artist statement she writes: “The viewer can meander through the painting remaining free to discover whatever might be hidden in its organic tapestry – perhaps a bird’s eye or feather, a leaf or bud.”

George Paton began his photographic pursuits in the early 1970’s and attended photography classes at the New School in Manhattan. He works mostly with large format (4×5) equipment which he feels is necessary to produce the level of image quality he demands.  He has had work published in Petersons Photographic and Popular Photography magazines and has had work displayed at numerous local galleries. Most of George’s work focuses on images that are much more compositionally driven rather than subject driven. He is drawn to compositions having that visual dynamic he is looking for to produce images that excite the eye and are stimulating to view. Despite the digital age where manipulation of prints is virtually unlimited, his work would be considered “straight” and his images “traditional”. His objective is to discover and create powerful photographic images using previsualization at the moment of exposure. He uses minimal adjustment during the print making process. He feels the real art of photography by definition is the work done behind and with the camera and not in front of a computer screen which he has jokingly described as “computergraphy”.

Gallery Hours:    Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday noon to 4pm
Friday & Saturday noon to 6pm.