|"Discord" 2011 oil on wood panel 55" x 40"|
|"Homestead" 2010 oil on wood panel 52" x 36"|
|"Playgrounds" 2011 oil on wood panel 42" x 36"|
|"The Go-Round" 2011 oil on pressed wood 30" x 36"|
|"The Lodge" oil on wood panel 60" x 47.5"|
I am more than a little bummed. Nancy Loughlin currently has a show up in Seattle at Linda Hodges Gallery. Just three hours away for me. And I had to head over that way to pick up some of my own work. But the only possible day I could go was on a Sunday and her gallery is not open on a Sunday. Why not? Why? I don't often get to see the work I post here in person. Seeing art first hand always makes an enormous difference. But sometimes the difference is greater than others. Ms. Loughlin's art seems of that sort. Her work is often large and always complex, subtle and delicately nuanced. Nonetheless I'm enthralled by even these small digital reproductions. Figures and creatures and all manner of imagery fade in and out of her paintings occupying scenes and symbols of domesticity and haunted by wildness and chaos. She's exploring the hidden dimensions of our ordinary lives which create the illusions of order, and thinking about the ways in which we try to pretend that nature is out there, when all the time is is right here with us, and being affected by everything we do.
You can see loads of work on her website: www.nancyloughlin.com
(The Show close this Saturday on the 26th so if you happen to be in Seattle, go see it this week!)