Mr. Duehr makes it easy for the viewer to slip into narrative with this collection. That could be anybody, walking down the street on their way, coming back, or out for a stroll. The variety of narrative is in the gestural attitude; pensive, purposeful, hesitant, cowed. Because the viewpoint is from above, there is a sense of remote observation, and the narrative idles in a fleeting moment.
These are beautiful works. Subtle textures play in the grounds, and the central figures are blurred, creating a sense of collective experience. The color aesthetic is consistent, with saturated pigments played against pale grounds. In most of the collection, the figure is isolated in the field and contexts for space have very few indicators.
Preview the show on Box Heart’s slideshow.
From the Second Story
Recent Works by Gary Duehr
October 4, – October 29, 2011
Tuesdays: 11 AM – 6 PM
Wednesdays – Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday: 1 PM – 5 PM
4523 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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