Thursday, March 25, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Nancy Taplin at Amy Tarrant Gallery in Burlington

New Work by Nancy Taplin will be on exhibit at Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center, 153 Main Street Burlington, from April 2 - June 26, 2010. There will be an Artist Opening Reception on Friday, April 2 from 5:30 - 8:00 PM.

This show is replacing that of the artist James McGarrell, whose son was tragically killed in the recent earthquake in Haiti. Taplin writes, “I have done a painting in response to that catastrophic event, titled Haiti, Jan 12, 2010, 4:53 PM. At the time of the earthquake, I happened to be at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, enthralled with the fabulous retrospective of Kandinsky, completely unaware of what was taking place in Haiti. Kandinsky said, 'The more frightening the world becomes . . . the more art becomes abstract.’”

“The immediacy of that moment is actually what this new work is about. I call it gestural painting. The works on paper could be likened to calligraphy or a tree falling, the act of its falling with tremendous energy, vertical to horizontal, its impact creating an upward movement of its parts in a weightless moment. The works on canvas are more precise, creating microcosms within the larger whole. There is a vulnerability to their structure as there is in all nature."

Nancy H. Taplin studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1960-1965 and is currently affiliated with Carol Craven Gallery in Vineyard Haven, MA and BigTown Gallery in Rochester, VT.

The Amy E. Tarrant Gallery is an extension of the Flynn Lobby and is open to the public on Saturdays from 11 am to 4 pm and during the First Friday Art Walk. Performance. Attendees may also view exhibits prior to MainStage shows and during intermission.