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21 Nov 2017

Among Friends: Judith Brassard Brown, Wendy Goldberg, and Martha Rhodes

Kingston Gallery

Reviewed by Debbie Hagan

In a painting by Judith Brassard Brown, a road with Italian stone pines leads past ripened fields and a farmhouse, then disappears into green-carpeted hills. A hazy confetti sky, with collaged fragments from old messages floating beneath the surface, suggests a reverie.

The same thought occurs in looking at Wendy Goldberg's pastels, with their majestic gold-dappled skies streaked with clouds. In Night on the River, the viewer looks from the water back at land through a watery lens. The foggy scene creates a longing for more clarity, the way one struggles to understand dreams or piece together memories. A similar effect occurs in reading Martha Rhodes' poems from The Thin Wall, showing characters in conflict, often in a state of confusion or wonder.

Since Freud, artists have used fantastic images to illustrate the deep workings of the mind. In "Among Friends," the artists more calmly explore the subconscious and ponder what's yet to be discovered.

Exhibition Among Friends: Judith Brassard Brown, Wendy Goldberg, and Martha Rhodes link
Start date 01 Nov 2017
End date 26 Nov 2017
Presenter Kingston Gallery link
Venue 450 Harrison Ave, No. 43, Boston, MA, USA map
Image Judith Brassard Brown, Downhill Road, 2017, mixed media on canvas, 23 x 49 inches, courtesy of Kingston Gallery

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