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Finally, some signs of summer: lush flora, evening light, alfresco seating! Even with the recent wave of wilting heat, I sense the palpable buoyancy of people unwinding and relaxing their pace. Gallery 555 in South Boston has embraced the spirit of summer with a delightful mixed-media, group show “Inherent Vitality”. As usual, I will highlight the photographs in the exhibit, on view through July 22nd, 2017.
Let’s start with some summer sapphires. Brenda Bancel’s (feature image) underwater scenes are cool blue dreamy suspensions. Although aimed at the heavens above, Jane Yudelman’s chromatic matrices glow with a similar serenity.
Neal Rantoul’s dynamic swimming pool has a skewed perspective that almost makes it abstract, further enlivened by luscious azures and a rustic array of textures. Richard Alan Cohen transforms the worn, painted waterlines of dry-docked boat hulls into iridescent abstract expressions, layered with broad strokes and intricate patterns.
Though they share the same palette, the tranquil warmth of Jane Yudelman’s “Day’s End” contrasts with the turbulent excitement of Jeffrey Heyne’s other-worldly “Storm Cloud Over Boston Harbor”. Brooke Hammerle’s natural landscape uses selective focus to create a dance of reflected jewel tones shimmering off still waters. Steven Duede punches it up a notch with his vivid celebration of nature’s fecundity and evanescence.
The calm of summer is embodied in the muted palette and stillness of Bob Avakian’s empty beach path, with footprints leaving a report and forecast of daily traffic. Julie Brook Alexander’s serene black & white diptych explores the visual and symbolic interplay between the intimacy of clouds reflected in rippling water and the vast sensation of clouds tripping across the sky.
By turns pulsating and pensive, 555 Gallery’s summer celebration features work by photographers Julie Brook Alexander, Bob Avakian, Brenda Bancel (feature image), Richard Alan Cohen, Steven Duede, Brooke Hammerle, Jeffrey Heyne, Neal Rantoul and Jane Yudelman. These are interspersed with harmonizing sculptures, furniture, drawings, and a joyous abstract expressionist piece by one of my favorite local painters, Philip Gerstein. And then there’s this: a functioning, fanciful contraption by Sarah and Robert Beck that simultaneously promotes biodiversity and defies description.
For hours, directions and more information, go to: http://www.555gallery.com/exhibitions/#/current-exhibition-junejuly-inherent-vitality/
Feature Image: “My Home #4” (Detail) by Brenda Bancel (courtesy of the artist and 555 Gallery, Boston).