30 Jul 2018

Mark LaRiviere: A Certain Light

Thompson Giroux Gallery

Reviewed by Simon Carr

This selection of Mark LaRiviere's work shows him in two lights, as a master of figurative expression, and a powerful abstract painter.

His sculptures grow out of an intuitive feel for his materials. One can sense the artist's excitement and energy as he unlocks movement from a tree trunk or a block of clay. Standing Woman (2018) strides confidently towards us, her elongated arms reaching out for an embrace. Though his figures have great formal energy, they appeal to the viewer as unapologetically and intimately human.

The clusters of figures throughout the gallery balance his large abstract paintings on the walls, which are full of the luminosity and brilliance of the natural world. While the sculpted figures seem to gesture and dance into our space, the paintings draw us into their world of light. This fascinating exhibition gives a chance to compare one artist's vision in two very different mediums.

Exhibition Mark LaRiviere: A Certain Light
Start date 30 Jun 2018
End date 05 Aug 2018
Presenter Thompson Giroux Gallery link
Venue 57 Main Street, Chatham, NY, USA map
Image Mark LaRiviere, Standing Woman, 2018, carved and painted wood, 34.25 x 12 x 11.5, photo credit: Casson Rugen, courtesy of Thompson Giroux Gallery

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