Thursday, September 9, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Gail Salzman at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne will be showing Immersion: Recent Paintings by Gail Salzman September 24-October 26, 2010. The exhibit will open with a public reception on Friday , September 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

With luminous color and a tactile paint surface, Gail Salzman’s abstract waterscapes embrace mystery and contradiction. Universal dualities – containment & overflow, depth & reflection, decay & rejuvenation – are thematic undercurrents in her work.

Immersion includes a series of oil paintings dealing with water in its many guises – as threatened life force, as playground, as balm for body and soul. Nearly as comfortable moving in water as on land, Salzman gathers her inspiration from a pond next to her studio and the tidal pools of coastal Maine. The artist states, “The element of water is a powerful metaphor for the fluidity of time and memory. Like water, oil paint can move in unexpected ways, conveying overlapping realities, changing perspectives. In the act of painting, I see personal themes and broader environmental issues converge. This creates the emotional and visual tension that fuels my work.”

Gail has exhibited throughout the East Coast for over twenty years and is a recipient of several national and regional grants. She teaches drawing and painting at CCV and Burlington City Arts. Salzman lives and works in Fairfield Vermont.

Image: Pond 4, oil on panel, 24" x 22"