October 25 – November 11, 2012
Opening reception Thursday, October 25 from 6 to 9 pm.
Brad Greenwood’s paintings are visual diaries. Greenwood mines memory, dreams and experience, and in the process attempts to balance beauty and disorder, figuration and abstraction. His work explores our common cultural vocabulary across bright and dynamic panels fused with iconic narratives — as perceived through a slightly obscured lens.
“Into the Mouth of the Wolf” (“In bocca al lupo”) is the Italian saying for good luck in the theater. In this exhibition of 20 new works the wolf, and a host of other cultural symbols, embody the narratives we tell ourselves to explain happiness and heartbreak. Greenwood’s work integrates these compelling tales with references to literature, poetry, myths and classical paintings, creating a super-narrative that examines contemporary experiences alongside the myths of our collective past; our familiar selves, alongside the darker aspects of personality. The inclusion of references to the great works of art history and personal symbols allows these works to speak not only to the artist, but also to a much larger audience.
Greenwood’s method involves the addition and removal of layers of paint on large and small panels in a manner that allows the artist to retain the fresh quality of his ideas as lain down with pencil. The technique allows the grain of the wood to play an integral part in various elements of each picture. From palm trees to palm readings, cosmos to comic super heroes, motifs coat the surface, but negative spaces also have their say.
Brad Greenwood was born in 1967 and lives and works in New York. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Recent shows include a solo exhibition at HERE performing arts center and several group shows in New York City and Philadelphia.
May 10 – May 26, 2013
May 30 – June 30, 2013