Blue Mountain Gallery
The work on view in Matthew Feinman's show at Blue Mountain Gallery is not easily categorized, nor does it fit a trend. These are deeply personal abstractions, incorporating suggestions of still-life and landscape, and religious reference. They are small works, delicately executed in pastel, mixed media and collage. Ethereal, yet rich in invention, when viewed close-up---as the artist would have you do--- they reveal a diverse and complex pastiche.
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Feinman likes to interpret the way he views his work in musical terms, as an orchestration of the essential elements of color, shape, line and texture. He thinks of each of these elements, as he explains, "the way I see/hear a musical composition. The sounds produced by each section of an instrumental ensemble and their interrelationships. ... Ultimately, they add up to a feeling or state of mind."
The feeling or state of mind -- a hymn -- is made evident in works like "October Afternoon," a near apparition of light and object. Agile lines dancing over and around softly hued color shapes that fade from umbers to pinks into grays, the paper surface abraded, encounters with Hebrew script -- Feinman's musicality working to unite color and line in exacting harmony.
Matthew Feinman has been making art for more than 40 years. He studied at the Tyler School of Fine Arts at Temple University, and received his B.A. and M.A. from New York University. In turn, he has influenced generations of young artists as a teacher at the High School of Music and Art, NYC. Feinman has exhibited widely at galleries in New York City, Philadelphia and Connecticut. His work is in the permanent collection of the University of Massachusetts and private collections throughout the U.S. This is his 7th show with the Blue Mountain Gallery.
For information contact: Gail Touber 212.687.1580 or Matthew Feinman 212.283.3299