Featuring: Katherine Bernhardt, Benjamin Butler, Maureen Cavanaugh, Jennifer Coates, Matthew Fisher, Portia Hein, Ridley Howard, David Humphrey, Brad Kahlhamer, Dave Miko, Brad Phillips, Bettina Sellmann.
Curated by Holly Coulis.
The works included in Hello Sunday encapsulate a romantic notion of painting: an ease regarding process, a personal, and sometimes quirky vision, a love of painting.
Maureen Cavanaugh’s lively pictures are emotionally expansive and filled with a girlish, dreamy charm. Portia Hein and Benjamin Butler have included landscapes, which are intimately crafted, and serene. There is something honest and direct presented in each of their works, a romantic poetic found in the balance between touch and subject, an interior understanding of some external world. Romantic and dark, the work presented by Bettina Sellmann and Brad Phillips seems to draw from literature and a contemporary sense of the gothic, a melodramatic intersection of life and death. Ridley Howard’s touchingly painted image is reminiscent of nouveau vague cinema in its stillness and love of beauty. David Humphrey’s “Tiger” is a tragic, psychological melt. His lonesome subject is a grand example of his improvisational and uncanny use of imagery. In Brad Kahlhamer’s watercolor, his fluid use of paint is clear, as is his empathy for his subject. The grandiosity he imparts to his protagonists is always rich and moving. Matthew Fisher’s lonely soldier contemplates a dead, beached whale. His tragic subjects amplify the unfulfilled promises of a grand male journey. Katherine Bernhardt’s rambunctious painting of a spiritually infused wild woman holds a presence of force and feminine panache. Dave Miko’s 2 small works act as caught moments. They seem to hold the sensuality of remembered if unimportant memories. Jennifer Coates’ small, strange landscape hovers as a metaphor between body and mind. Corporal in an obvious way, it charmingly suggests the deep recesses of a soul floating a candied pink world.