Six large oil paintings from Lois Dodd are on display at the Alexandre Gallery in NYC. “Fire” presents the beauty and fear of standing curbside in pajamas while the accumulations of a lifetime return to ash.
The impetus for this series arose from a controlled burn in Dodd’s hometown of Cushing, Maine. The owner of the derelict building had demolition in mind so they called in the local volunteer fire department for some valuable training. The exercise lasted the entire day which provided substantial time for the artist to produce studies and photographs on site.
In the press release, the gallery states that these paintings blossomed “during the final years of the Bush Presidency”. They certainly do affect the viewer with destitute sensation and lost control.
26 March – 25 April 2009