The title of the show is “The Air in Between,” and features the oil paintings of Ethan Lima and Lisa McManus. The artists describe their exhibit by saying that “separating the viewer from the viewed are invisible layers of air.” Sometimes the layers are clear. Sometimes they carry water vapor or other substances that act as barriers. Sometimes the viewer feels the breezes moving the air, continuously refreshing those layers and ventilating the scene.
The space between the viewer and the viewed is alive and dynamic. A painter who chooses to ignore the energy in between produces dull, static, and sluggish images. “The challenge is to inject what is invisible into what is seen,” the artists said in their statement about the show.
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