The Gallery: Karen Lyons
Tornado 1, 2005
Lady in Fur Coat, 2005
You must go take a walk through this show. She created this series to work as a narrative as one moves through the gallery, like frames from a film.
Lady in Fur Collar, oil on canvas, 2004
I am struck by the beautiful rendering of so many kinds of soft surfaces, from furs, silks and satin, to the wooly atmosphere of the skies, to the soft edges where light dissolves the branches of an apple tree.
Apple Tree – Rowayton, oil on canvas, 2005 >
Lady in Satin Shirt, oil on canvas, 2005
She says of her heroine, “Although she is always shown alone, I wanted to create the sense that it is just before, during, or after an encounter. I wanted to weave a narrative of romantic longing and desire.”
These paintings also speak to ideas of femininity and choices we must make as we move through life, hence the apple trees which are also obvious metaphors for temptation.
Lady in Kimono, oil on canvas, 2005
Lady in Trench Coat, oil on canvas, 2005
Ah yes, the apples — which appear a few times in the story of this show. About these, the critic George Ferrandi says, “…in art, apples are almost always in some residual conversation with temptation – but Lyons makes broader use of them. Somehow, in their associations with fall and the end of summer, and in the presence of these ever-woolen skies, the apple tree carts with it a feeling of “after.” Like the moon is on the wane. Like the honeymoon is over.”
Apple Tree – Bell Island, oil on canvas, 2005
Lady in Sportscar, 9 x 12 inches, graphite on paper, 2005
Congratulations Karyn, on a mesmerizing show.
The show is up until January 8, 2006 at the Sarah Bowen Gallery.
•Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 11-7
•210 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (between Driggs and Roebling, close to the Bedford stop on the L train)
– Amy Chase