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Jack Featherly: Travels With A Donkey

Christopher Henry Gallery
127 Elizabeth Street, at Broome, 212-244-6004
East Village / Lower East Side
February 18 - March 20, 2011
Reception: Friday, February 18, 6 - 9 PM
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Christopher Henry Gallery proudly presents its first solo show of abstract painter Jack Featherly. The title of the show references a highly metaphorical book called Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes by Robert Louis Stevenson, considered a pioneering classic of outdoor literature. The terrain of the Cévennes region of south-central France was barren, rocky and marked by religious strife. In this story the donkey is free to be interpreted as whatever you want it to be. This donkey serves as an allegory for the exploratory nature of Featherly’s paintings. There are many parallels between the book and Featherly’s art: their straight-forward nature, their purity, and lack of an agenda. We are also presented with the concept of worldly knowledge colliding with tradition. Featherly’s creative process is a departure from traditional vehicles and the outcome is never governed directly, much like the lessons we encounter along the travelogue of our lives.

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