On Water… Nov 6 - 30, 2014
Brian Gordy understands water in a way few people do. Not only does he paint in water colors, but he often paints scenes of Indiana rivers, ponds, and lakes. Originally, the artist visited the White River near his home in the Minnetrista neighborhood to check out the turtle populations there. Having heard stories of industrial pollution from decades ago, Gordy wondered how the turtles had survived, especially since they winter over in the deep mud bottom. That is also where any toxins would have also settled, he had learned. Fortunately for the turtles, the artist found no sign that these issues had affected their health or population. On that first day, Gordy made a few sketches, took some photos, and began a ten-year focus on the domed creatures in their natural habitat.
The artist will exhibit new paintings alongside a few favorites during the month of November at Gordy Fine Art & Framing, a gallery he owns with wife, Genny. “The common element of my recent series of paintings is the element of water,” Gordy explains. “Water is what I paint with – watercolors – and water is usually the subject I paint. What’s different about this new work is my experimentation with brilliant colors.” Not only has his palette expanded, but as the artist continues, “I’m combining the brighter colors to create neutrals that are “juiced up, more alive.” The mixing of colors took place directly on the paintings, instead of in the tidy jars the artist typically creates for each new painting. The outcome has also changed. “In these new pieces, turtles are becoming invisible in the strong reflections of the colorful water, which, of course, is really the colorful sky, being reflected by the river.”
The subject matter is the rivers’ view of it all. The roots serve as mystery; beautiful, but a little unsettling. “You can’t really see what’s under there, and you wouldn’t want to reach in,” the artist notes. One composition, titled, “At the Foot of the Cottonwood,” focuses on the gnarly, protective roots of a riverside cotton wood tree. A single small boulder is nestled there, begging the question: Which came first, the rock, or the gaping undercut?
The opening reception will be held Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 5 to 8 PM. The artist will speak briefly about his work and answer questions beginning at 6:15 PM. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend. Gordy Fine Art & Framing is located at 224 East Main Street, next door to Muncie Civic Theatre. For more information, call 765-284-8422.