Today is the Gallery Talk with GC Myers. The event starts at 1 PM here at the West End Gallery and concludes with a drawing where an original painting of his will be given away to one lucky person in attendance. The painting he has selected from his studio is shown here on the left and is titled Silent Passage, a 9″ by 29″ image with framed dimensions of 18″ by 38″. It has a value of approximately $1600-1800. It is a real prize!
Here’s how Gary described making this choice and what meaning this painting holds for him in his blog today:
Well, I give a Gallery Talk this afternoon, starting at 1 PM at the West End Gallery in Corning in support of my show, Layers, which hangs there for another few weeks. One of the attractions for this talk is a drawing that will be held among the attendees for a painting of mine. The process of deciding what that painting will be resembles a dance, going back and forth between selections.
I have been spending the last few days looking at some of the pieces that I have here in the studio, trying to find one that is right for this event. I have given away paintings before at these talks and it has always been important to me that the pieces have some significance for me. I don’t want to simply pick out an old piece that I now recognize as having weaknesses. I have a few of those from many years ago that still take up space here. It would be easy to grab one of those and be done with the whole selection process.
But that would be like handing out discards and that doesn’t seem like the right thing to do when the whole concept behind the drawing is to display the appreciation I have for those who have followed and supported my work through the years. If the folks take time on a summer weekend afternoon to come to the gallery to participate in a Gallery Talk then they deserve a piece that is real and alive, something meaningful and of value to me.
So, after going back and forth, I settled on this painting from a number of years ago. It is titled Silent Passage and has long been a favorite of mine. It is a real painting with an image of 9″ wide by 29″ high on paper. Its framed dimensions come in at 18″ by 38″, so it has presence in its size and its value. But more important to than the size or monetary value of this painting is the meaning of this work for myself. It encapsulates much of what I have tried to put across for these years.
A study in quiet and movement. Color and texture. Light and dark. Now and eternity.
I hope whoever takes this home this afternoon will understand the meaning it holds for me and will see it for themselves.
The Gallery Talk starts at 1 PM. Hope you can make it there.