SUNY Oneonta will present “Continuous Flow,” paintings and photographs by Leslie Parke November 8 – December 18 in the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery.
A public opening reception will be held Thursday, November 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. with live jazz by the SUNY Oneonta Jazz Ensemble and refreshments. Artist Leslie Parke will offer a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m.
Parke, whose painting career has focused on keen observation of light and color in detailed realism, has evolved into intricate representation of physical surfaces in her paintings. She has employed photography to capture high-resolution abstraction in nature and continues to paint in response to the photographic discoveries. These close-up observations are explored in a more abstract style in her recent paintings. The paintings and photographs are filled with lush texture, light, and color resulting in some direct and other more enigmatic interpretations.
On this body of work, Parke commented, “Once I started printing my large abstract-looking photographs, the paintings became untethered from the photographs. I let the paintings be about light and paint. They still, on occasion, wrestle with questions of illusion, and they still frequently have a reference in nature.”
Parke, an artist from upstate New York, is a recipient of the Esther and Adolph Gottlieb Grant for Individual Support, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest grant as artist-in-residence at the Claude Monet Foundation in Giverny, France, and the George Sugarman Foundation Grant, among others. Her exhibits include the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts; The Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont; the Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas; the Fernbank Museum, Atlanta, Georgia; the Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; and the Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She currently exhibits in Boston, MA; Dorset, VT; Washington, DC; Milwaukee, WI; and Houston, TX. Parke has a BA and MA from Bennington College. Her work is in numerous corporate and private collections.