Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Brattleboro artist Gordon Meinhard is interested in tables. “We spend a great amount of time at our tables, alone or with others,” Meinhard said. “They are places to read or to dine, to work or to rest one’s head, or for some, perhaps, a place to dance. It is hard to ignore the similarities between ourselves and our tables. We have legs and feet which stabilize and carry us, a body mass which reveals the wear of age.”
“Gordon Meinhard: The Lives of Tables” is on view at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center through March 7, 2020. “My present work is not only about tables but also about marks on paper, space, and color,” Meinhard said. “My intent is for the viewer’s eye to travel, connecting line to line, color to form, and in this way to find a focus or lose the self in a process, an experience.”
While the works in the exhibit could be described as contemporary still life paintings of tables, BMAC Chief Curator Mara Williams said that “as the series progresses, the tables become more animated, ultimately seeming almost sentient.”
“Gordon Meinhard: The Lives of Tables” was made possible in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.
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