Show ran from 5/4/2008 to 5/31/2008
“Peculiar Perspectives,” oil on canvas
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 9, 6-9 pm
An initial stillness inhabits the figures in these new paintings by Nancy Fritz. An ordinary moment is caught, held, and then slowly transformed: by a table that shifts upwards, defying gravity; by a bedspread that gently balloons outward at the viewer; by perspectives, patterns, and shadows with a formality all their own. Figures in these paintings appear to be “still lifes” – passive, and at times, overwhelmed by the animated spatiality in which they dwell. Fritz rubs pigment and oil onto the surface with her fingers, further enhancing the intimacy of these images. In the end, the viewer is left with an unsettling sense that she has entered a mysterious space, its narrative hers to imagine.