Steve Alderton, in his third series “Memoryscapes: Blurry Lines III,” continues an exploration of landscape memories as viewed through the prism of time. In this final component, Alderton pushes his works until they become abstract and the focus is contemplative in nature. His acrylic paintings describe landscape qualities that are “felt” rather than defined as specific representational scenes our eyes see in the real world of land, sea or sky.
Using sponge rollers and large brushes to form overlapping shapes, Alderton’s paintings suggest fleeting glimpses as seen from a plane or while riding in a car in his native Midwest. Swiftness of movement is implied by blurry junctures of overlapping blocks of color. In some paintings, pale colors and glimpses of darker tones suggest the ambiance of immense skies, harvested fields, and occasional copses of dark evergreens. In other works, vibrant greens and yellows hint at late spring seasons when wheat and corn grow, covering the soil besides swaths of blooming mustard. Time of day is alluded to in each, as well as seasonal temperatures and whether clouds or sun predominate. Viewers will want to spend some time with the meditative influences of these color articulations. --Rosemary Luckett
MEMORYSCAPES: BLURRY LINES III
Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 6 – 8:30 pm
Snow Date: Friday February 10, 6 – 8:30 pm
Meet the Artist: Saturday, February 18, 1 - 3 pm
Memoryscapes - Blurry Lines III No. 5 Acrylic on canvas 28” X 48”