John Bowman, professor of art, will have an exhibition of recent paintings, Shake City, at the Garage Gallery at One Green Hill in the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens in Washington Depot, CT, March 25-April 16. There will be an opening reception on March 25, 4-7 p.m.
“These are sites in constant movement, affected by social and physical changes that create a permanent revolution in the way we approach space and place," said Bowman. "Shifting beneath our feet, the trembling earth makes us all dance to this accelerating beat. No still point in the turning world, no respite from the consequences of past action, no safe harbor from the gathering storm. We can hold on to the illusion of stability and stasis, or learn to move, to syncopate with the shaking earth. As all that is solid melts into the air, and waters rise and mountains fall, we must bust a move, go dancing in the street, delighting in that groove thing. Shake your groove thing, yeah yeah, because the groove is in the heart.”
Bowman works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, and sculpture. He began showing art work in the East Village in the early 1980s. He exhibited with the Holly Solomon Gallery until 1991. He has also exhibited with the Lang-O’Hara, Tibor de Nagy, Thaddeus Ropac, and Blum Helman Galleries. The Queens Museum exhibited Shoreham and Other Paintings in 1991. He has conducted research residencies in Venice, Prague, Berlin, Albania, and Cairo. Recent paintings are of urban landscapes altered by time and process. His work is represented in private and museum collections. In 2011 he participated in “Service to Public Areas,” a collaborative public art project in Shkodra, Albania. In this project, Albanian and American artists created sculpture for a public park, using decommissioned weapons as raw material. He is a founder of First Street Green, a collaborative community group in the East Village of New York City. This group has transformed a vacant lot into a flexible cultural space, a forum for art, film, dance, sustainable practices, and community action. He is represented by the Winston Wachter Gallery in New York and Seattle, WA.