EVELYN PYE / PAINTING
Opening on July 7 at 5:00 pm.
Evelyn Pye surrounds the viewer with large, medium, and small-scale landscapes, ranging from 6 feet to 6 inches, in oil on linen, canvas, or wood. The art of PAINTING, for Pye, is an immersive, interactive process as much as a final product.
Three large paintings, each approximately 4 by 6 feet, look right into the water (or snow) of Pye’s home pond, showing the round of the year in winter, summer, and spring. As she works with the physical materiality of the paint, Pye brings us to look closely: the pattern of the water becomes abstract while remaining a depiction of the pond with its reflections and shadows. A kind of double vision.
“Something catches my eye, and I begin my painting,” the artist explains. “At a certain point I am no longer looking at what I was observing. The painting has taken over, and I am responding to it and its requirements.”
Earlier in her career, Pye created public sculpture that viewers could enter. The feeling of being inside the art has always been important to her. With the installation of her current show, she aims to surround the viewer with the visual rhythm and flow of the paintings.
“This show creates a sense of surround,” she says. “Paintings encircle the viewer on three sides with color, rhythm, and motion. Your eye travels within the painting and around the sweep that the paintings make together.”
ART FORUM ONLINE
Art Forum: In Conversation, Online. Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 pm, Evelyn Pye will be joined by Ellen Anthony and Alice Prussin, in a presentation of painting and sculpture. They will be talking about their work and about how the generative conversation in their small group has impacted and enriched their art. There will be time for conversation with those attending as well.
Register here for this online event, which is free and open to the public. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.