Cave At Pismo


May 14 - June 19, 2011


Brennan & Griffin is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Mary Weatherford.  Weatherford's practice draws from a broad range of influences including New York School abstraction, French Impressionism, and West Coast mysticism. The artist often works serially, making a number of paintings based on specific locations on the California Coast.  Weatherford makes drawings on site and then uses these studies and her memory of the location as a guide in the studio.  Tones and colors of repeated subjects evoke shifting time of day and changing seasons; finished paintings are a filmic timeline of place.  The results are beautiful and haunting, hazy and dream-like, rich interpretations of the natural world.

For this exhibition, Weatherford has produced a body of work that focuses on the cave as symbol and metaphor. Using a simple palette and loose overlapping geometric shapes, Weatherford's canvases are reduced images - depicting only the interior of the cave.  Limiting the information in the painting, the works are stripped down representations of a void that give form to emptiness.

Opening Reception Saturday May 14, 6 to 8 PM