The University of Augusta Gallery will exhibit “The Estatic Tear” until December 17th
AUGUSTA – Galen Cheney’s exhibition of 11 abstract paintings at the Charles Danforth Gallery at the University of Maine in Augusta began on November 10.
Chesney, a painter based in North Adams, Massachusetts, graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her Masters of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His process-oriented paintings explore emotion, spirituality and the flow of energy through an artistic process that harnesses the potential for destruction and creation, according to a press release from the university.
“The Ecstatic Tear” is on display until December 17th. The public can visit the gallery at Jewett Hall, which is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The UMA community and the general public are invited to a reception and an artists’ conference from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17.
Cheney named her exhibit “The Ecstatic Tear” because of the artist’s experience of tearing earlier paintings into strips of canvas which she then glues onto new paintings.
“Each piece is unique, and although I have trusted methods that I have developed over time, there is no formula. It’s different every time, ”she said in the press release. Cheney’s process interweaves creation and destruction in a raging visual expedition into the unknown, channeling color, material, time, and work to new living possibilities at the edge of painting.
In the Danforth Gallery, Cheney’s paintings imbue double-height corners with intense, even fluorescent color, and gestural and geometric forms that rush, shear, dissolve, radiate and curl. In “Interpreter of Dreams,” Cheney applied acrylic paint, glitter, and oil paint to a canvas, then cut out the paint, threading torn strips from other works to create a swaying painting. between painting and weaving – a reconfiguration of what painting has been, and an open exploration of where it could still go.
Cheney was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in New England. She has exhibited her work in 20 group exhibitions and eight solo exhibitions over the past five years.
His most recent solo exhibition, Slow Burn, opened at the David Richard Gallery in New York this summer. His work has been exhibited and collected extensively in the United States and Europe, China, Canada, and the United Kingdom. She was featured in New American Paintings (vol. 86) and was nominated for a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
His residences and scholarships include Millay Colony, MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, and Da Wang Culture Highland. She received a residency at Mass MoCA in 2019 and a North Adams Project Fellowship in 2020.
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