Friday, September 16, 2011

Theater of Memory: New Exhibit Opens October 4, 2011 at the Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery

Theater of Memory
Gregg Chadwick
Theater of Memory
48"x48" oil on canvas 2011

Theater of Memory
New Paintings by Gregg Chadwick

Curated by Melissa Pickford

Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery

Opening on October 4, 2011
Runs until November 4, 2011

One could say we all create paintings as we distill meaning from the rush of life. Experiences, moments, thoughts, actions, memories, and dreams mix together and overlap in our minds and hearts bringing patterns and understanding in our everyday life. My paintings in the exhibit, Theater of Memory at the Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery, echo this cognitive-emotional process. My artworks evolve through a series of painting sessions in which colors and images overlap, merge, and flow.

At times, my paintings begin close to home with remembered dreams of family members. In the title painting, Theater of Memory, my much loved late nephew Luke Chadwick appeared unbidden, but at the perfect moment. His faint smile recalled a day many years before, when I began a painting in his Seattle bedroom. As Luke watched me mix my paints on an improvised palette, he exclaimed with the intuitive vision of a child that the color I had mixed would not do. “Don’t fear color”, he said in so many words, as he pointed to a rich ultramarine glistening on my palette.

In honor of Luke and my father, Robert Chadwick, I purchased a tube of genuine lapis lazuli from the London color maker Michael Harding. This true ultramarine, ground into a crystalline powder and mixed with linseed oil on a stone mill, is the color blue found in Renaissance skies. Transparent layers of this lapis mark each of my paintings in this exhibit. Sourced in Afghanistan, lapis lazuli, reflects the historical tides of trade, conquest and conflict that ebb and flow across this region and the globe.

More at:
Gregg Chadwick's Theater of Memory

Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery

980 Fremont Street Monterey, CA 93940-4799

Melissa Pickford, Curator
More info at:
831 646-3060

Receptions for the artist:
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 from 12:30 – 2 pm
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 from 3 – 5 pm

Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri 11am - 4pm or by appointment
Admission: Free
Parking: 4 quarters

Catalog Available:

Please Note:
Also in the gallery under the tandem title Humanitas: Paintings by Cynthia Grilli.

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