"The Light Between" show opening at Chace-Randall
Chace-Randall Gallery in Andes presents “The Light Between,” new paintings by Jenny Nelson. The show will be on display from May 9 through June 22 with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, May 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Widely admired throughout the Catskill Mountain region for her gorgeous abstract renderings of line and light, Nelson is hailed by one collector as “the belle of the ball in Woodstock.” Originally from Brooklyn, Conn., Nelson is an artist in residence at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Artists Colony.
“My work is about space, light, balance and beauty,” says Nelson, owning that there is a stigma in the art world against “making beautiful paintings” -- a belief that art should come from “angst and turmoil.” Nelson’s approach to painting, however, is quite the opposite. “My studio is sacred space, where I strive to create beauty and balance, filtering out the negativity of the world and needing to produce what is good,” she said.
This is not to say that Nelson does not begin work in chaos. “I begin with old paint from my last palette, a thoughtless collage of marks and texture, a complete freedom of movement,” she explained. Then she begins to block in space and light.
Indeed, her masterful use of space, line, light and, especially color, mark Nelson’s work as unmistakably hers. “I get attached to certain color combinations and go with it until I am completely exhausted,” she said, emphasizing the organic shift that happens in series to series, one that is absolutely continuous. Of her color sense, she maintains it is internal: “These are the colors I wear, I paint–the colors with which I live. They are meditative, as we move so quickly in this world and have so great a need to slow down and realize what makes us happy. My work is never about darkness,” Nelson said.
A Jenny Nelson painting is finished when it achieves a perfect balance of spontaneity and artfulness, when not one more mark needs to be made, when the artist sits and wants to look at it for hours on end, appreciating its depth. These are the paintings on exhibit.
Nelson holds her B.F.A. from Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, and received a scholarship to Lacoste School of the Arts, Lacoste, France, where she pursued graduate work in painting.
Her exhibition history includes Tria Gallery in New York City, Carrie Haddad, Hudson, NY, and Albert Shahinian Fine Art in Poughkeepsie, as well as an extremely successful 2006 exhibition at Chace-Randall Gallery.
Chace-Randall Gallery is located at 49 Main Street in Andes. Summer gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday and holiday Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.