Light of Day: The Language of Landscape is an exhibition presenting a contemporary look at landscape as experienced by twelve artists working in a variety of media.
Over the centuries, the trajectory of western landscape painting was paced by such extraordinary painters as Claude Lorrain, Jacob van Ruisdael, Albert Ryder, and Henri Matisse. We inhabit a different era; an ambitious painter today may question not only the relevance of representational painting, but even the value of earnest expression itself.
Cognizant of both great traditions and postmodernist trends, the artists of Light of Day fully embrace the landscape. They seek to combine two often contradictory forces: the energies of colors on a palette, and the vital spaces and gestures of the surrounding environment. Their love for nature provides the impetus, and precedents of paintings provide assurance that it can be done; land can indeed be made to meet sky—and paths to recede, and trees to rise, and clouds to loom—with a power and eloquence unique to painting.