Randall Exon "Currents"

Hirschl & Adler

poster for Randall Exon "Currents"

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Hirschl & Adler Modern announces the opening of Randall Exon: Currents. The artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery will include more than twenty landscapes, interiors and still lifes in oil, all completed in the past two years.

Inspired by the coastal areas of Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland where he paints each summer, as well by the farmlands along the Brandywine River where he now lives, Exon’s evocative landscapes and moody interiors depict actual places infused with memories from his childhood spent in the vast spaces of the Midwest.

The new paintings in Currents are not about recording specific times and places. Rather, Exon’s subjects are derived from what he refers to as his “ongoing visual journal.” His scenes depict fleeting moments, the ebb and flow of time, states of change, and streams of consciousness.

A poetic and beautifully haunting solitary figure stands in a canoe in Current. Exon’s precise draftsmanship and classical composition is reminiscent of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century landscape painters; yet, his scenes are at once real and surreal, almost other-worldly. Ordinary objects bathed in meditative light appear to be both momentary and eternal, while seemingly straightforward narratives demand more complex interpretation.

In Skaters on the Brandywine, the viewer actively participates in the narrative, as the skater who has just fallen down. The main figure approaches, while another looks in from the right. As in many of Exon’s works, there is no clear beginning or end. In this fleeting moment, one is unsure how the story will unfold.

Diffused light filters through the Bedroom Windows into the sanctuary of Exon’s imagined beach house, illuminating its sparse, intimate interior and activating the surfaces of the simple objects in the room. In contrast, the grand, mesmerizing, panoramic landscape viewed from the rooftop in Ventilator on Darlington’s Barn, invites us to explore nature and contemplate our place in it. In Exon’s world, seemingly ordinary subjects are transformed into personal, transcendent, and timeless visions.



from October 29, 2009 to December 05, 2009


Randall Exon

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