Con­cep­tual Se­ries

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Through­out the month of July, Steve Bowersock will present an ex­hi­bi­tion of paint­ings from mul­ti­ple bod­ies of work that com­ment on pol­i­tics, race and iden­tity. The pieces, on view at his Bowersock Gallery in Province­town, Mas­sachusetts, are not lit­eral but rather well planned, con­cep­tual com­po­si­tions that al­low the view­ers to form their own re­ac­tions and thoughts.

“The artist has a job to tell a story or nar­ra­tive, and once it’s done it be­longs to the viewer,” Bowersock shares. “You’ll no­tice a lot of my ti­tles are neu­tral. I have the con­cept or idea, but the viewer can see some­thing to­tally dif­fer­ent.”

For each paint­ing, Bowersock metic­u­lously builds the con­cept, sub­jects and de­sign. “I start the story I’m try­ing to do, and it turns into a con­cep­tual idea with adding the sketch­ing or draw­ing to cre­ate the nar­ra­tive,” he elab­o­rates, ex­plain­ing that some­times the plan­ning can go on for days, but once it’s com­plete the work falls into place.

In the ex­hi­bi­tion will be sev­eral works based on a show he did last fall called Cur­rent State of Af­fairs where wa­ter, fish and in­sects are used to com­ment on the times. In Down Be­low the Sur­face, sev­eral gold­fish swim about as one jumps above the water­line. “I’m also fas­ci­nated with what lies be­hind the veil. The fish are in their own com­mu­nity, but there is one per­son try­ing to get out and is cu­ri­ous about what’s on the other side,” says the artist. The other fish, and the viewer, are left to won­der what the fish is do­ing and where it might be go­ing.

He also will show works from his Lost Child­hood se­ries that of­ten de­pict fig­ures hold­ing bal­loons, which are con­sid­ered a sym­bol for child­hood. One of the pieces, There is No Color, is a laven­der hued can­vas that sig­ni­fies “when we are chil­dren we see no color,” Bowersock shares. “We see friends, love; go­ing to school there’s friend­ship and love. As we get older, we’re taught and all of a sud­den we start see­ing color.”

Paint­ings from his Mother Na­ture se­ries will also be on view, in­clud­ing his first piece where he ex­per­i­ments with gold leaf ti­tled Hid­den Lay­ers.

Bowersock Gallery 373 Com­mer­cial Street • Province­town, MA 02657 • (508) 487-4994 • www.bow­er­sock­


Man­tis, oil on linen panel, 24 x 24"


There is No Color, oil on linen panel, 20 x 20"


Down Be­low the Sur­face, oil on linen panel,

24 x 18"



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