HANNAH MANDEL: A RETROSPECTIVE
OCTOBER 5 - OCTOBER 28, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 3 - 6 pm
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, a pastel or watercolor painting. The commonplace arrangement of her own room or the rustic architecture of a neighbor’s old barn contain 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 close-at-hand.
The life force that is manifested by light and color flow through the windows of many canvases by artists of the late 20th century such as Bonnard and Vuillard. Mandel loves their intimate domestic scenes and the poetics of color. The more contemporary abstraction and simplification of forms that are seen in works by Milton Avery have also filtered into Mandel’s aesthetic. His bold yet unheroic subjects speak to her in profound painterly gestures. The rolling hills and green meadows that turn snow covered and reflect the brilliance of the sun are some of the subjects of this retrospective show.
The intimacy of Hannah Mandel’s relationships to her surroundings and to the process of sharing that time and space, are on display in this retrospective at 510 Warren Street Gallery until October 28th.