Lauren Clark Fine Art presents a show of very new works on paper by Abby BuBow. The series, titled “Corona Diary”, is an autobiography of the recent months the artist, and we, have all endured. The work is not as dark as one might presume as it follows a trajectory from sunny spring days to a sudden, strange winter-like sense of cold and loneliness to signs of hope and renewal.
DuBow, who is best known as an established printmaker, has stepped outside her milieu to create this stunning group of mixed media paintings. Sometimes looking out and sometimes looking inward, she has captured a mood suddenly familiar to us all.
There will be a reception for the artist Saturday, July 11 from 2 to 7pm under and around an open sided tent outside the gallery, with staggered viewing inside throughout the day.
A Statement from the Artist
Corona Diary – 2020
In cold, bleak March I found myself stranded in the Berkshires. The sun refused to shine and I was stuck inside and isolated from the rest of the world. I missed my children and grandchildren very much. Before long I ended up in my studio with an overwhelming desire to paint mud. My art has often been dominated by vibrant colors, but the opposite came about through the experience of quarantining.
Through my studio window I viewed the loneliness of a small isolated house. My studio window informed and defined my paintings, looking out and looking in. Rage against the virus transformed into written words, tangled branches, dying flowers, gray landscapes, snow in May, distant family and friends. Gradually signs of spring and hope began to emerge though sightings of bright yellow forsythia, gorgeous marsh marigolds, and clusters of singing birds.
The act of painting helped me to see and deal with my feelings and emotions from March through June reflecting the chill of mud season to the rebirth of spring. Making art allowed me to create a visual diary that reflected the inhospitable darkness and chill of March mud to the warmth and color of spring.
Even as covid continues, surrounding and alienating all of us, spring can’t be stopped and the promise of new life offers hope in the future.
As we know we are not really out of the woods yet, though this desire to dip a toe into uncharted waters is virtually irresistible. To this end, there will be a reception for the artist Saturday, July 11 from 2 to 7pm under and around an open sided tent outside the gallery, with staggered viewing inside throughout the day. There will be further opportunities to meet the artist at an acceptable “social distance” throughout the duration of the show, which runs from July 11-July 26.
Though it should be fine to just stop by, we are also scheduling appointments in order to reduce any risks associated with the COVID-19 virus. If you’d like to schedule an appointment to meet the artist, view the art or to design a framing project, give us a call or send us an email.
Lauren Clark Fine Art, 684 Main Street, Gt Barrington, MA 01230