John J. Bedoya’s Small Works Convey the New England Thaw Through the Eyes of a Traveling Artist
STAMFORD, CT — The Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery proudly announces an exhibition of small, accessible works by gallery artist John J. Bedoya.
Coming off the successful opening of his Sprouting Spaces studio, Bedoya will be presenting a collection of works on paper at the Gallery on Saturday, May 30th from 6 to 9pm. In the small works presented at his show, Bedoya subdues much of the politically-charged context of his work. Instead, he has produced field notes, documentation of the New England landscape he has encountered as a traveling artist
The pieces in this collection communicate a natural state that is in transition. In a literal sense, he is documenting the phenomenon that is the thaw of the New England winter. Bedoya arrived in Connecticut in February 2015 to a completely frozen landscape when, hours before, he had been in a tropical paradise in his native Colombia: lush greens, tree limbs flaunting their pillowy fruits and flowers. “I arrived in Stamford in winter,” the artist says, “and the snowy landscape was new to me. But when it began to thaw, I could see that from the subsoil, fragments of earth emerged like a puzzle that were gradually forming new gardens, parks, forests. That moment of change in this city was familiar for me, it is my landscape. The places may change their geography, but what is under the ground is known to me. Whether here or where I come from, under snow or under fire, what emerges from below the ground is the remains of nature, skeletons of trees, detritus of fallen leaves, dry roots and broken ground, ash, waste. Finally the landscape is the same.”
This exhibition will prepare the artist for an upcoming study through the Centro Selvo Amazon Residency Program. Bedoya, representing Latin America, is one of eight artists selected to represent each continent/region. Beginning in July, he will be living and working in the Peruvian rainforest, creating work that incites dialogue and promotes the cultural richness of the Amazon region. He will also work directly with native tribes of the rainforest, communicating their history along with his own interpretation of the environmental abundance of the ecosystem. This is an important honor for the artist, whose own work uses collected organic material and reincorporates it with acrylic on canvas to document the changing face of nature at the hands of man.
Bedoya has had two successful shows at the Gallery, Beyond Technique and Detritus, and is the recipient of a studio at 485 Summer Street, Stamford, as part of the Gallery’s Sprouting Spaces program, which works with commercial vacancies to erect contemporary emerging artist studios.
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About the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery
The Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery opened in December 2009 in Stamford, Connecticut. Since then, it has revolutionized the landscape of contemporary art in the state. “Fernando’s commitment to promoting the arts in unparalleled,” says U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. Young and innovative, the gallery has pressed forward after five short years to build artists’ careers from the doors in and build community from the doors out. “Through Outset’s collaboration with Fernando Luis Alvarez in the Kosuth project for the Louvre, I was very impressed with his vision, energy, dynamic approach and interest in challenging projects discerning unique opportunities,” Candida Gertler, founder of Outset, said. “Fernando’s persistence in exhausting all options to realize what he believes in is remarkable.” Current artists exhibiting in the gallery include Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Longo, Louise Fishman, Frank Stella, Robert Motherwell, Jim Dine, Sean Scully, Jacqueline Humphries, Arturo Di Modica, Jena Thomas, John J. Bedoya, Rex Prescott Walden, Kirsten Reynolds, Damla T. Faro, Evelin Velásquez, Shelby Head, and Nathan Lewis.