ANNE DIGGORY - OUT OF PLACE: Shifts in media, location and content
Jan 30 - Feb 24, 2018 Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC
Reception Thursday Feb 1, 5-8pm
Gallery Talk Saturday Feb 24 , 4 pm
Blue Mountain Gallery presents Out of Place, an exhibition of recent works by Anne Diggory that involve shifts in media, location and content. The light-infused works include large lake scenes derived from canoeing Adirondack waterways in upstate New York, plein air paintings from trips to California and Arizona, and studio interiors with surprising juxtapositions of palettes, everyday objects and paintings. Some pieces in the show have a double life as backgrounds, as in “Blue Plate Special,” where a swirl of peaches sits in front of the circle of lily pads in “Overture.” In “Grand Illusion,” a floral portrait of a pale amaryllis dwarfs a painting of the Grand Canyon.
In the mixed-media hybrid works, the shifts between painting, photography and digital manipulation continue to be “startling and disorienting, as well as beautiful,” with “mysterious, absorbing blends” (Jay Rogoff, Adirondack Life, March 2015).
Branching Out hybrid on canvas 58x31"
This hybrid piece was inspired by an encounter with a fallen tree as I paddled and sketched by myself on the Bog River near the entrance to Hitchens Pond. The tree had escaped the forest for a new kind of dance on the water, with arms gesturing. To convey the entire experience of that encounter I combined the views of seeing it stretched out against the forest (at bottom), reaching toward me and then resting in the fading light. The dead tree is very much still visually alive.
These pictured works will be either in the main gallery space, in the small alcove or available in gallery storage. Many are quite small. Price list available from the gallery (email@example.com) or the artist
Out of Place in Huletts Landing
hybrid on canvas 21x31" 2018 (almost done 1/7)
This playful piece interweaves details from a 19th century painting of the location by David Johnson with photographic details and a loosely painted, invented foreground. As a researcher of historic painting locations, when I see the actual landscape I sense both past and present, old conventions and contemporary perceptions.
The largest piece in the show is nearly finished, based on the narrow passageway between Church Pond and Osgood Pond, near Paul Smiths, NY. 40x65" The opening in the distance is sharply photographic, in tension with the soft swirling, more painterly passageway.
From that same watery passageway
Entrance 8x10" acrylic on panel Sentinal Pines 11x6" pencil/chalk on paper
The plein air works below were painted a few miles away from that passageway, from the shores of St Regis Lake, at the Paul Smiths College boat launch, looking across at St. Regis Mountain.
Ascending Autumn 18x24" acrylic/canvas St. Regis Cloud Dance 9x15.5" acrylic on panel
From the Blue Mountain Lake area of the Adironacks:
Overture (54x54" hybrid on canvas) has a section based on the lily pads of Opening Performance 20x20", about to be purchased by Saratoga Hospital, not in the exhibition.
Overture appears in the background of one of the artworks that shifts between studio implements, painting fragments, patterns and other objects
Blue Plate Special, 20x20" acrylic/panel Why I am not a Poet 24x24" acrylic on canvas
Grand Illusion 20x20 acrylic on panel Out of the Blue 20x20" acrylic on panel
I shifted my location to California and Arizona for a number of works that continue my interest in visual vortexes of natural forms.
Power Play, 12x24" acrylic/canvas Shore Lace 9x11" acrylic/canvas
Wave Action 12x24" acrylic/canvas Morning Fog, Santa Barbara 6x12.5" acrylic/canvas
The painting above then appears in Uncontained (20x20" acrylic on panel)
along with a drawing of the same motif.
From the California desert and Arizona:
Sunrise from the Ranch 9x20" acrylic/canvas Desert Sunrise 3x5" acrylic/canvas
Split Monoliths 10x10" acrylic/panel
Descending Light 13x21" acrylic/canvas Monument Valley Sunset, 3x5" acrylic/canvas
Devil's Bridge 8x10" watercolor Canyon Meander 6x10" watercolor
Divisions 18x18" acrylic/canvas Sunset Layers 7x10" acrylic/paper
painting a cold sunset, April 3rd
Last Slices of Light 8x10" acrylic/panel
And an extreme shift of location - Morocco - from several years ago, but not shown before.
Fez Sunrise 7x10" acrylic/canvas Dune Sunrise 6x10" acrylic/canvas
Additional works from the Adirondacks:
Night Falls 11x15" acrylic on panel Permanent Rapids 10x10" acrylic/panel
Rock Flow 18x24" acrylic/canvas Silver Dawn 16x20" acrylic/canvas
Glancing Light 9x20" acrylic/canvas
Sunset Gathering 3x5" acrylic/panel Lingering Light 3x5" acrylic/panel
Summer Greens 5x5" acrylic/panel Sacandaga Sunset 8x8" acrylic/canvas
Crosscurrents 5x7" acrylic/panel Bog River Blues 8x10" acrylic/panel
And some from Keene Valley in the Adirondacks
Keene Valley Clearing 5x10.5" watercolor Evening Reverie 15x30" acrylic/canvas
Autumn Giant 4x12" acrylic on canvas At the Bend 4x12" acrylic/canvas
Summer Giant 5x12" acrylic/panel
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Online catalogue of hybrid work is at http:hybridvisions.diggory.com
Online catalogue of Saratoga Treescapes: Saratogatrees.diggory.com
Inventory of work up to 2002 www.diggory.com/cd