Cheney exhibit opens in Stowe

January 11, 2013  
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Galen Cheney's work will be in an exhibit in the East Gallery of the Helen Day Art Center through Feb. 24.

Helen Day Art Center has announced that artist Galen Cheney’s solo exhibition will be featured in the East Gallery Jan. 18 to Feb. 24, with a special “artist talk” on Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.

Cheney’s work — featuring colorful, large-scale abstract paintings — is grounded in the history of abstract expressionism, while sampling and evoking street graffiti within the urban landscape. Her bright textured images reveal layers of history, like the architectural remnants of urban environments.

The new work created for this exhibition posits itself at the intersection of architecture and the organic. These shapes intermingle rather than collide as if both alive in a symbiotic relationship.

Paintings are filled with vibrant colors and movement, in some pieces slow and organic, in others fast and geometric. Charged and dynamic, her work is comprised of layers and layers of paint — built up, scraped down, and reconstructed like that of a city. Her process is action-based.

Rather than focusing on one painting, she works with several simultaneously, often responding to the relationship of each painting as they are created and transformed before being complete.

Cheney lives and works in Middlesex, Vt. She earned her MFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art and her BA from Mount Holyoke College. She’s the recipient of several Full Fellowship Residencies at Vermont Studio Center and awards from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, Open Studios Press and the Alliance of Visual Arts.

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