Visting artist Scott Conary will be teaching a still life painting workshop at Townsend Atelier Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. While he is here, he will be giving a free public talk about his artwork, the evolution of his process, his life and artists that have inspired and informed his work, on Friday, Sept. 29, from 6-7:30 p.m. The public talk is open to the public and is free of charge.
Through slide presentation, Mr. Conary will talk about walking the line between abstraction and representation, and the benefits of necessity to finding a path and a voice.
Review for Scott Conary:
Raised where the east coast suburbs filtered into the woods and farms, Scott Conary (RISD, BFA ’93) creates paintings of everyday objects and places with which we have complicated and often ambiguous relationships. Pulled from their context, they have something to say about how we interact with the world and each other. These are stories of the arbitrary nature of beauty, of melancholy, of fleeting triumph, and the camouflage of time: the meat we greedily consume but are repulsed by, the weed that fights to survive in the gaps of our attention, the old door used for generations but now forgotten, and so on.
Fueling and inspiring this work is his young daughter’s battle with complicated heart defects and her experiences with disability. And the impact that has had on those around her. This has directed his focus towards the narratives and tensions in the common and is why he wanders deeper into the thicket of representational work. He and his family live in Portland, Or. He is represented by Principle Gallery, Charlestown Gallery, Sager|Braudis Gallery, and Heidi McBride Gallery.
For more information call Townsend Atelier at 266-2712 or visit www.townsendatelier.com