Donna Bruton's "Incidents: Selected New Works"
“Incidents: Selected New Works by Donna Bruton” (Professor, Painting) will be on view July 15 – August 6, 2011 at Cade Tompkins Projects. A reception for the artist will take place on Friday July 15, 2011 at 12 noon. Cade Tompkins Projects is located at 198 Hope Street in Providence. The entrance is on Fones Alley between Angell and Waterman.
From the text written by Maureen O’Brien (Curator, Painting and Sculpture) and Mary Bergstein (Professor, History of Art + Visual Culture) for the occasion of the reception.
“Like the sound of her voice and the sound of her name, the top-note of Donnamaria Bruton’s art is melodious and soft, hovering above a dark, cool stream. Music informs her painterly gestures which, like summer jazz, evoke sweetness, longing, and melancholy. The imagery of her recent work is constructed on evolving narratives that flow, turn inward, eddy, and explode at the edges. Its surfaces are mobile and translucent, loose bouquets riffed by wind. Embedded in shifting layers of pigment, tissues of textile and gold spin resilient nets around self-propelling forms.
The four “Incidents” in this exhibition slip in and out of type. They present as still-lifes, but flourish with ongoing growth. They are also portraits of human experience, internalizing control and abandon. Each brilliantly coiled center explodes against a pristine white background, leaving wide margins as yet unexplored. Their titles confirm a leit-motif — grace under pressure — that serves as the artist’s theoretical and compositional armature. “Nervous Laughter” escapes through quivering coils; a beating heart is captured by tendrils and lace in “Findings”; “Claudia” conjures womanly beauty and dignity; fine capillaries in “Conserving Energy” tenaciously anchor a soaring spirit. They are biographies, based in acute visual consciousness of color and light, and nourished by personal sensations of sound, scent, hearing and touch.
In her fifth work in this exhibition, titled “Undisturbed Meditations” the artist lays claim to an immense physical and spiritual world. The dense horizontal zones of this vibrant landscape suggest water, fire, air, and earth. Its dark layers are alternately rewarded by floating jade forms, humanized by the vulnerability of a rambling stone wall, and freed by the breath of a cloud. The painting captures the profundity of Donnamaria Bruton’s art: liberated by self-knowledge and abundantly generous in form.”
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