New Bo Bartlett exhibition Earthly Matters opens at The Bo Bartlett Center in Columbus, GA. The exhibition will be on view from February 7 – April 28, 2023.
From The Bo Bartlett Center:
“Earthly Matters presents a selection of Bartlett’s recent works that examine humankind’s impact on and interaction with nature’s elements. Bartlett’s subjects, both human and animal, find themselves in precarious environmental situations, either from their own doing or by forces beyond their control. Bartlett’s appreciation for the beauty of ordinary moments imbues his work with an underlying luminosity and frankness. His larger-than-life scenes break down the barriers between the subjects on canvas and the viewers, who are invited to contemplate their role in the narrative.
This exhibition was curated by the Gibbes Museum of Art and is a traveling exhibition.”
Bo Bartlett spoke directly of the work featured in the exhibition:
“This is the first show we have had in this space of my work like this since the center opened in 2019. And the show originated at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston — ‘Earthly Matters.’ And this show is of paintings primarily done during Covid.”
“These paintings are about how it feels to be alive in these times,” Bartlett said. “There’s aspects of ecology, global warming, and climate change, the social ills of the day flood in – homelessness. All of these aspects are part of the issues we are dealing with day to day in these times. Earthly matters is a show that encompasses all of that.”
— News 3/WRBL
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View exhibition details HERE.