A Field, A World | Craven Allen Gallery | Arts | Indy Week
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When: Nov. 18-Jan. 20 2018

Charlotte native John Beerman spent three decades living and painting in the Hudson Valley, the former holy land for the painters of the Hudson River School. Six years ago, he returned to his native North Carolina, bringing with him the delicate way of dealing with light he honed in New York. Beerman's paintings, while indebted to the light-obsessed Hudson Valley painters of the nineteenth century, convey less overtly grandiose visions. His eye directs itself toward nature and landscapes, but he often frames only fragments of them, fixating upon uncommon angles of perception. In some of his recent paintings, segments of tree trunks are foregrounded, the earth in which they are rooted and their leaves overhead unseen, with the background only sky or an indistinct landscape. This photograph-like framing, along with a gentle way of abstracting away shadow, lends his work stillness and softness. After this opening reception, the exhibit is on view through January 20. —Noah Rawlings




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