FRANCES ASHFORTH - Apparent Horizon - new prints & paintings
September 13 - November 4, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 6 to 8pm
Conversation With The Artist at 6:45pm. Moderated by Paul Master-Karnik, GAC Executive Director
Frances Ashforth grew up in an extended family of printmakers, sculptors and painters. Her love of landscape developed from her earliest years in New Hampshire and the Connecticut Valley, and led her to a consuming passion with the "horizon line" and how it orders relationships among the land, sky and water. As Ashforth states: "I am acutely aware of the innate tension and balance that resides within that line. Cloud formations, weather patterns, wind and light temper this balance, creating landscape of memory."
Ashforth’s works are about discovering the raw beauty of open space. Both in her prints and in her paintings, she searches for the essence of the landscape in pure, almost abstract, terms. She is a master of the manipulation of light and composition, continually providing new perspective on the eternal balance of the horizon line. The fifty works presented here in The Bendheim Gallery demonstrate how wide her reach can be in distilling that special essence of a particular place, which has the power to hold itself in memory long after the actual viewing of the landscape.