Have a look at some of the works and the opening night event, if you didn't catch the opening, Thursday's event is a must for your evening!
"Letters from Home" is an exhibition two years in the making. Born from a moment of nostalgia digging and reading through letters from high school and college, Bryant set out to create paintings that explored ideas of love, hate, loss and survival. The full range of emotions people feel in their daily lives but amplified through painting. In order to express these feelings and thoughts, Bryant used the narrative of war to add a heightened sense of drama to the paintings. Without making the paintings political, he uses classic film imagery from war films such as "The Young lions " and "Suzy" creating dynamic cinematic paintings that both embrace and reject these ideas.
Artist Jason BryantIn this exhibition, Bryant departs almost completely from his past signature obliteration of a character’s eyes or face. Here the images are much more confrontational and real and clear to the viewer who they are in full Hollywood posture. Without the use of any projector or grid system, Bryant draws the images in by freehand, further illustrating that although the paintings are elegant and refined, they will not be exactly like the source image, mirroring life. Effectively, Bryant displays our strive for perfection, but it is not possible, so we should embrace life’s differences, its struggles and make it as perfect as we can.
Jason Bryant and Jessica Porter
For more information visit http://portercontemporary.com. The gallery is located at 548 - W28th St. Chelsea, NYC.