HANNAH MANDEL: "THE COWS OF COLUMBIA CO."
UNTIL JULY 26, 2020
Hudson, NY – 510 Warren Street Gallery is happy to present the paintings of Columbia County artist Hannah Mandel in a show titled “The Cows of Columbia County” beginning Friday, July 3rd and continuing until Sunday, July 26.th
The view from Hannah Mandel’s perspective is of the green meadows and rolling hills of Columbia County. Colors and contours are configured by the cast shadows of clouds and trees. Contrasts are created by the varied temperatures of sunny mounds or the snow cover drifting over gentle slopes. We are reminded by Mandel’s paintings that there are many variations of green and that snow is more than just white. Mandel shares with us in her paintings the delight she feels living with and in this landscape.
Her scenes are reflected by her surroundings which, in these paintings, tend to veer to the semi abstract somewhat similar to her muse, the 20th century painter Milton Avery. The landscapes and still life paintings are made of simple organic forms that contain complexities of color, shape, light and texture. She is inspired by the places she has visited, not only by their raw natural beauty but also the emotional responses they can elicit. The colors of the sky, the contours of the earth that Hannah Mandel views from the window of her Columbia County home are often enough of an inspiration for an oil, pastel or watercolor painting. The commonplace arrangement of her own room or the rustic architecture of a neighbor’s old barn are some of the elements that move her to create. It is often said that travel is transforming but that one does not have to go around the world only to be changed by the spirit of the close-at-hand. This is painting that brings us into the artist’s world, spaces that touch many facets of our needs as humans, our simple longing for pastures of plenty.