Kitchen Theatre Gallery Presents John Lyon Paul's PILGRIMAGE, Now Through 12/31
The Kitchen Theatre is pleased to announce a new show in its gallery: Pilgrimage: paintings by John Lyon Paul. Large, vibrant abstracts with multiple layers of color and shapes, they are a stunning addition to the theater lobby. The gallery will opening of this exhibit from 5 PM to 8PM on October 4th, during downtown Ithaca's First Friday Gallery Night.
The Pilgrimage series
When he painted the first Pilgrimage painting in the fall of 1995, John Lyon Paul had no plan to make a series and no idea of the scope of the journey he was about to undertake. Over the next five and a half years he completed 101 paintings and one sculpture, Pilgrimage Scroll, creating a kind of visual language as he felt his way forward. Colors washed over colors next to other colors. Transparency and opacity juxtaposed and came to balance. Shapes appeared while other shapes changed or dissolved. It was a magical process from which a vibrant world emerged.
John says of the series, "A pilgrimage is a journey of faith ... one which presupposes that the sacred is to be found wherever one travels with integrity. From the very beginning one has to make sacrifices. For me, sacrifice means giving up all that is not essential. The process of this pilgrimage is like that of distillation: the inessential is separated out and the sacred remains in concentrated form.
I invite you to move close to the painting, feel its colors with your body, and allow yourself to enter the painting on a pilgrimage of your own. Each color vibrates in its context of color. Each line is a filament to hold on to and a path to follow. Each shape is a place to rest and from which to start out anew."
A selection of paintings from this series will be on view at the Kitchen Theatre Lobby Gallery from September 1st through December 31st of this year.