Andrea Geller Artist Talk
Land and Water, An Exhibition Presented by The Forum @ St. Ann’s, through April 18
St. Ann and Holy Trinity is hosting an exhibition of oil paintings by Andrea Geller, on view in the church sanctuary through April 18. Titled Water and Land, this exhibition is the first in a series of visual art programs at the church in 2014. It is presented as part of The Forum @ St. Ann’s, which seeks to engage the community in conversation about the arts, ideas and civic life. All of the works on view are for sale. A portion of the proceeds will benefit future arts programming. Everyone is welcome.
The paintings are from two series that Geller has been developing since 2007 that illustrate a world in a continuous state of flux. Figures, often isolated from one another or completely alone, find themselves looking into the abyss of an empty landscape or cast off into the depths of the water. Geller has a long standing interest “in the space between people as they move.” The canvases possess an inert energy marked with bold colors and open vistas. Geller notes that
Water has a transformative effect for me that I convey through the gestural figure’s body language. The presence of the figure, and sometimes its absence, also suggests time change. I aim to achieve harmony on the canvas, a reflection of what I strive for in life. Through loose and gestural brushwork and layering of color, the process is also suggestive of movement. The resulting images straddle both the real and the abstract: a direct correlation to duality in life.
Geller studied painting at Cornell University and earned her BFA from Parsons School of Design. She earned her MFA in painting from William Paterson University. She exhibits her work nationally and is included in numerous collections. Her painting “Floating” was selected by the US Ambassador to Greece to hang in the US Embassy in Athens.
Image: “Solitary Man,” Andrea Geller