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As for my upcoming show, "Close Calls," let me tell you a bit about the paintings. They feature flora of one sort or another, with the occasional fauna or telephone; it is the florals, though, that give the show its unifying motif. These paintings, like most of my still lifes (and some of my cityscapes, too), reflect a Realist world view combined with Magical Realist flourishes----I know not everyone considers floral paintings to be "still Lifes" since flowers are not dead or inanimate, and as anyone who has ever painted them can attest, they can be anything but still! However, I use the term very loosely----But I digress!
In my floral paintings, the central flower motif is paired with incongruous elements throughout: Goldfish appear to sail through the sky next to waterlilies; venomous spiders and/or ominously displaced telephone receivers are next to decorative floral arrangements; a jack rabbit’s shadow appears next to cacti, although there is no rabbit in sight. The pairings have a dissonance that suggests the accidental----purely chance----aspect of life. Leaving the viewer to wonder if they are looking at the aftermath of an incident, or not.
I hope I have managed to pique your interest enough to entice you to come to my show! By the by, anyone who would like to come to my reception (Tuesday, August 12) is more than welcome to! Don't hesitate to drop by anytime during the show's run, either. The "gallery" area of the Berlitz language Center is entirely accessible to the public. No entrance fee, nor appointment is necessary.
Close Calls: 10 Floral Paintings. Watercolors by Margaret Montgomery. Show runs: August 4 - 29. Monday - Saturday. Presented at Berlitz Language Center/Rockefeller Center, 40 West 51st Street, NYC.