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"Dan McCleary and James Brown"
2006-11-03 until 2006-11-30
Rebecca Ibel Gallery Miranova
Columbus, OH, USA United States of America

The Rebecca Ibel Gallery at Miranova in Columbus is delighted to present new works by James Brown and Dan McCleary. Brown's works on paper from the series "The Planets" evoke outer space with delicate forms and selected colors. Where Brown's work is more cerebral, McCleary‚s paintings come from an intense process of visually studying the subjects of his still lifes and portraits. This pairing unites for the first time the work of lifelong friends.

James Brown is represented with drawings made this past summer as part of the artist‚s ongoing series "The Planets". These abstract ink drawings and watercolors represent a meditation on the solar system and an exploration of the beyond in an unattainable and mysterious sense. He is inspired by British composer Gustov Holst's 1916 masterpiece 'The Planets'. "I am most attracted to this notion of music and emptiness colliding in the depths of the mind; the mind of a musical composer, grappling and fusing. This music by Holst has given me a great awareness of nothingness, the immortal, the empty beyond. It has imagined me on a journey without compromise or itinerary; offering an examination of time and atmosphere simultaneously." (James Brown from the catalogue accompanying the exhibition at the Wetterling Gallery in 2005).

Dan McCleary's new small-scale paintings of still lifes and portraits continue the artist's practice of working directly from life. The subjects of McCleary's works are often observed or encountered in the everyday. His still lifes are of simple flowers such as wax flowers, carnations and heather in an ordinary glass. Likewise, McCleary's portraits present ordinary people unadorned, whom one does not traditionally think of as the subjects of fine art. The artist's practice of intense study coupled with his deft handling of paint allows him to transcend the merely accurate representation of the subject to reveal the uniqueness of each individual or object.

Rebecca Ibel Gallery features paintings, photographs, sculpture and work on paper by contemporary artists. The Miranova Gallery is located at 2 Miranova Place, Suite 150 and is open Tuesday through Friday 11-5 and by appointment. The Rebecca Ibel Gallery also maintains a gallery in the Short North at 1055 North High Street and is open Saturdays 11-5 and by appointment. For further information contact the gallery at (614) 291-2555 or visit us on line at www.rebeccaibel.com.

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