Jeannie Griffin-Peterka’s show offered much that the rest of the Art Around Town participants did not, though the show fell short in consistency, and the lighting made matters worse. This space is a yoga studio, and probably has terrific natural light during class hours. After hours lighting, however, is more for meditation, than for viewing the passion that is being presented on canvas or paper. Viewing passion vs. meditation is a question that might be addressed another time. The walls are a moss green which saps some colors, and clashes with others. Griffin-Peterka has an academic background, so the simplicity of this statement is surprising:
“I don’t have anything in mind when I start to work except for perhaps some colors I might like to use that day. Even that is subject to change, though, as the painting continues to progress. I start by putting color on the canvas, drawing with charcoal or paint, adding layers of paint and soon something will begin to emerge. I turn the canvas constantly so that it’s worked from all directions. I only decide at the end, which way it should hang. I’m currently working with multiple panels and joining them together in the back. I like seeing the energy between the panels and the sharp line made from joining the panels. There is nothing more exciting to me than seeing one or more freshly stretched canvases hanging on my studio wall and wondering what the final painting will look like.”
That is so unlike the successful pieces, like “Number 7”, where the wash is an element that is incorporated. The successful pieces have a restrained palette, give a nod to geometry, with a touch of pure color. Brushwork is strong and offers no excuses for drips. They are there because they are there. “Number 27” is another good example of where this artist gets it “right”.
Show runs through March, 2015
Marc Twain is a freelance writer
and independent art critic
from Madbury, NH
Art, Culture, Unity and Soul