Waterways: A Solo Exhibition by Jim St Clair
January 22 - April 3, 2016
Buddy Warren Inc presents Morris-Warren Gallery
Morris-Warren Gallery is pleased to present “Waterways” featuring new paintings by Jim St Clair. This exhibition will take place in Morris-Warren Gallery’s newly renovated loft space.
“The beautiful city, the city of hurried and sparkling waters! the
city of spires and masts!
The city nested in bays! my city!”
– from “Manhatta” by Walt Whitman
The pulse of the city makes it easy to forget that New York is surrounded and traversed by multiple waterways and that only the Bronx firmly hangs on to the Greater United States. The rivers, canals and streams from the mighty Hudson to New Town Creek seem to reach across the ocean to the Old World. The currents, tides and waves embody the flow of life from new to old, churning and intense beneath the surface.
Jim St Clair lives in Brooklyn, but his studio can also be found floating on his small fishing boat or beside any estuary of our tidal city. His paintings might be described as having “sea legs”, as though we are seeing the city through the eyes of the waters itself. The result is quite magnificent. St Clair loves his city and you can feel it in the work.
Nothing is left out… the beauty, the triumph, the decay, the inexplicable, all the poetry, drama, and tears. History and the uncertain future are displayed alongside the hum of the city that makes New York like no place else in the world. The character of the cityscapes, sunken ships, derelict buildings and stentorian towers are all subjects of his paintings and depict the energy and the struggles of the city’s 8 million denizens. The stories can be felt, almost seen. One could read the paintings as poems and perhaps even sing them as hymns.
The work is masterfully crafted, brilliantly illuminating and creates both a tension and melancholy reflected as celebration of life and death. By presenting us with an unfamiliar perspective of the incredibly familiar cityscapes, St Clair reminds us of our indomitable spirit and the inescapable vulnerability of time.