JOSHUA BRONAUGH

American Art Collector - - Contents - LeQuire Gallery 4304 Char­lotte Av­enue, Nash­ville, TN 37209 • (615) 298-4611 • www.lequire­gallery.com JOSHUA BRONAUGH

Draw­ing Down the Moon

Through Novem­ber 24, LeQuire Gallery in Nash­ville, Ten­nessee, will dis­play an at­ten­tion-grab­bing new se­ries from Joshua Bronaugh in­spired by the paint­ing process. Af­ter do­ing a value check of a paint­ing in progress through a piece of am­ber-col­ored glass, an idea struck him to cre­ate a se­ries of monochro­matic paint­ings.

For his works, Bronaugh used Gam­blin’s cad­mium red light to con­jure a dra­matic mood. He says, “Cad­mium is an in­tense and pure color and has a strong reti­nal ef­fect. I hope col­lec­tors find the ef­fect as elec­tric as I do. It’s si­mul­ta­ne­ously hyp­notic and ar­rest­ing.”

To go along with the in­ten­sity of the color, Bronaugh painted a se­ries based on the Draw­ing Down the Moon rit­ual, with his fig­u­ra­tive works show­ing par­tic­i­pants, and one work, Eclipse, de­pict­ing the moon as it passes across the sun cre­at­ing an or­ange glow around the dark­ness. In de­scrib­ing the rit­ual, Bronaugh says, “a priest­ess may call down, or in­vite, a su­per­nat­u­ral pres­ence via the moon. I hope these fig­ures evoke the trance­like and em­pow­ered state of this rit­ual, which al­lows the par­tic­i­pant to gather and claim the strength of the su­per­nat­u­ral (or de­pend­ing on the per­spec­tive, from within her­self).”

Among the new paint­ings are Sphinx I and Sphinx II, which “il­lus­trate, in a way, the metaphor of su­per­nat­u­ral mo­ti­va­tion I re­ferred to ear­lier,” Bronaugh shares. “One can­vas shows a life-size fig­ure lay­ing at a self-cen­tered al­tar, en­gaged with a mo­ti­vat­ing force— rep­re­sented in the paint­ing as a sil­ver thread. In the sub­se­quent can­vas, the same fig­ure is rep­re­sented as am­bu­la­tory, with a strong cen­ter of pos­sessed en­ergy.”

He also cre­ated Ad as­tra per as­pera and Left Hand Path, where his mod­els are painted in the red and their sur­round­ings are a mix of hues. In the for­mer work the model’s eyes are trans­fixed to the sky, and in the sec­ond a woman is lost in the mo­ment with her hands in her hair.

LeQuire will host an artist re­cep­tion Oc­to­ber 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.

1Left Hand Path,oil on panel, 24 x 24"1

3Joshua Bronaugh paints his work Back.3

2Ad as­tra per as­pera,oil on panel, 30 x 24"2

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