Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Twist Art Gallery presents: John Dowell in space 58 Arcade March 7 through March 28, 2009

John Dowell

Twist Art Gallery


March 7 through March 28, 2009

opening March 7th from 6-9 pm

Twist Art Gallery
58 Arcade
Nashville, TN 37219

John Dowell has created and exhibited art for more than four decades and is a Professor of Printmaking at the Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia. He has had 49 one person exhibitions at prestigious venues including the 35th Venice Biennale, Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia. His work is represented in the permanent collections of 70 museum and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Boston Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Biblioteque Nationale, Paris France and I was exhibited in the 1975 Whitney Biennial in New York City.

In 2001, he received the 14th James Van Der Zee Award from the Brandywine Workshop, in Philadelphia for a Life Time of Achievement in the Visual Arts and Teaching and in1999 the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from Temple University. He also received grants in 1985 and 1975 from the National Endowment of the Arts, and several from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 1985, and 1979 plus a Philadelphia Foundation Grant in 1994, as well as many others.

His work was included in the Chicago Art Institute exhibition, "A Century of Collecting African American Art" and he served as a panelist on the accompanying round table discussion of the realities of being an African American artist in 2003. He had work in the invitational exhibition "A Celebration of Color" at the Benny and Smith Gallery, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA as well as created two commissioned prints: a portfolio print for Lafayette college, Master Artist/Master Printmaker Portfolio Project, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, and The Legacy Project of the Atelier Towson, Towson University, Towson, MD that were Lithographs constructed of primarily photographic cityscapes to be used as scores for concert performance.

His current work entails traveling to different cities in the U.S. taking photographs of skylines and urban settings capturing, "moments of magic."



There is an excitement of the city that is often over looked. These are the structures of our culture that sore to the sky with intimate details of our lives. They embody our energies with moments of magic.

It is so fast an encompassing with all aspects of time; the past, and present with the hoped for future.

For what is real? The surface or the reflection on it, or is it the space that we enter beyond the façade of the building.
I paint with that frame, trying to capture the connective moment. As the light reflects the distant forms, defines space, capturing insights into our inner being, stirring those untapped levels of our humanity.
Didn't know it could look like that.

I can smell the color and hear the walk, the rhythm of the city, blasting like a big band moving in and out of a harmonic discord breathing a dynamic pulse of the moment.
It's real. It's real.

Didn't see it before, but I got it now.

John Dowell