Bendheim Gallery Hours:
Mon - Fri 10am to 4pm
Sat & Sun Noon to 4pm
Admission is Free
With over 2,000 square feet of exhibition space in the heart of downtown Greeniwch, the Bendheim Gallery hosts major exhibitions every six weeks. The selection process of local, established, and emerging artists is overseen and hung by the gallery curator Tatiana Mori.
Max Wiesen’s art exists on the border between figuration and abstraction, yet always remains focused on a central image. And it is from this very play of diverse directions that his paintings derive their emotional power. For example, a landscape will typically present a broad roadway spread across the entire foreground of the picture inviting the viewer to enter into the space that he has created. The roadway rapidly recedes into this space becoming a mélange of abstract coloration until it disappears into a briskly painted forest, which shows a sun gradually lowering itself into an even more distant landscape. Beautifully composed in auburn tones combined with blues and gold, the painting presents not so much a path as a journey being experienced. There is always an active, viewer involved dimension to Wiesen’s paintings.
Wiesen is both a poet and a painter. As he states: “My art, reflecting the beauty of the natural world, also reimagines the oddities of situations or things seen and always connects to recognizable reality. My landscapes may sometimes lean toward abstraction but always with enough recognizable residue to spike the viewers’ natural inclination to discover their own meaning in the art.”
Actually, the artist does not readily distinguish between what can be conveyed visually through a painting and aurally through a poem. The only difference is the difficulty or means by which the image will become expressed. Some ideas can be more succinctly realized through one format rather than the other. In the domain of the artist’s imagination the key is to make the eye/verbal connection and then determine how best to proceed. In this way Wiesen’s art is highly intellectual, as each completed work makes a connection to the next already developing in his head.
Much of the work is quite emotionally moving, as with his large painting “Man on a Pavement.” The figure of a man in darkness, his left hand tipping his fedora as if puzzled as to where to go, is followed by a long shadow in the waning light of the evening. He is depicted completely alone in a brick pavement plaza, that becomes ever more indistinct as it recedes into the background. He is a securely rendered image clearly locked into this precise moment of time and unable to move. The picture is at once raw and gentle, further illustrating Wiesen’s characteristic play of poetry and paint focused on the core experience of the image.
From Verse To Vision
Paintings by Maxwell Wiesen
November 12 - December 10, 2015
Gallery Talk & Jazz Concert
Thursday, November 19 at 7 PM
Cocktail Reception at 6:45 PM with Concert at 7 PM