Pop-up | JAMES DOYLE "SPARK AND SHADOW"
WHEN | DECEMBER 15-17 | 2017
WHERE | MoRe Spirited Gifts at VERVE GALLERY | 219 E. Marcy Street | Santa Fe, NM
OPENING RECEPTION | FRIDAY | DECEMBER 15 | 5-7pm
WEEKEND HOURSSATURDAY | DEC 16 | 10-5pm
SUNDAY | DEC 17 | 11-4pm
The Energy of Nature -By James Doyle
It is fascinating to know that the physical world has fundamental properties that are invisible to the human eye. Solid objects are not solid, empty spaces are not empty, everything is in motion, nothing is separate. There are dizzying exchanges of energy and particles between the objects that we see every day. We can feel them with our spirit and emotions perhaps but they are not visible to our eyes. There are exceptions of course; the glow of light, shimmering heat, mist rising from a wet pasture in the morning sun, sea spray and lightning.
This reality has always interested me as a painter. I have been fortunate to work with physicists who understand the laws of nature on a sub-atomic level and I confess to a bit of jealous envy when imagining how they might visualize the energy in nature in ways I cannot.
My recent work focuses on the challenge of representing some of these unseen energies. Working outside was essential to this quest and the character of our New Mexican landscape has a strong influence on the images in this body of work. I chose natural subjects like mountains, water, vegetation and sky and tried to connect with the energy flows I sense among them.
This process had solid rewards for me. The images are in motion and color is dynamic. Several scenes have a quiet vibration while others are almost foreboding, like a gathering storm. So much is happening around us that we do not directly perceive and we are connected to it all permanently. This creates for me the possibility of a more visceral and spiritual connection to the unseen world.
- James Doyle, 2017