Duets, Amy Simon’s next group exhibition, asks six artists of divergent styles to offer their works in pairs that play off each other.
Catherine Howe’s color-drenched and dynamic oils on canvas, shown here, depicts luscious paintings of flowers as abstract forms of sweeping brushstrokes and mottled surfaces. Her contemporary pairs recall masters of the past.
Gregory Hilton’s luminous striped canvases juxtapose color and line. At first glance, the paintings appear identical, but upon close examination, their unique qualities show through. His pared down compositions create a simplistic visual vocabulary allowing the surfaces to become an arena of surfaces and hues.
Eleanor Miller’s rustic surfaces bring to mind frescoes from the past, but the brushstrokes are modern and fresh. The pairs of paintings play off each other, but the pieces each retain their own voice.
Carolanna Parlato pours acrylic gel paint onto canvas, creating layered works that are both spontaneous and calculated. They are dripped into accidental gestures of form and magnificent color, flowing freely from one painting to another.
Paul Shakespear’s high-gloss acrylic diptychs are geometric and luminous works that challenge the viewer, creating surprises through juxtaposing shapes, forms and surfaces.
Eve Stockton, a former architect, produced multi-paneled woodcuts that Ms. Simon calls “monumental.” Her identical pairs and diptychs of woodlands and seascapes, differing in color, are imposing and ethereal, says Ms. Simon.
Duets opens with a reception 5:30-7:30 Saturday, March 29 and runs through Saturday, April 30.