Friday, July 20, 2012

GEORGE TOWNE: Portraits & Landscapes

reporter: Miguel Dominguez

On June 1st, the Michael Mut Gallery presented the solo exhibition, “George Towne: Portraits & Landscapes”, Towne’s second show at the gallery.  The exhibition featured a selection of his oil paintings, as well as Gouache Watercolors and Drawings.

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Port Jervis, New York, Towne came to New York City to attend School of Visual Arts over 20 years ago, and has since settled into the East Village neighborhood.  His work has been the subject of exhibitions at the Barbara Ann Levy Gallery in Fire Island, the Delaware Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg, NY, and the New York LGBT Community Center.  He has been featured in publications such as American Artist Magazine, A&U - Art & Understanding, Time Out New York, and Next Magazine.  Additionally, his work is featured in the Art Book compilations “100 Artists of the Male Figure”, “Powerfully Beautiful”, and “Stripped, Uncensored”.

With this latest work, Towne is exploring Landscapes that embody a mystery of gay sex and fertility. The Meatrack of Fire Island, the Boardwalks, the abandoned Carrington Estate House (where Truman Capote is rumored to have written “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” in bed in 1958), and the All-Male Video Arcade in New York City all resonate with a lingering ghost essence of countless sexual encounters and gay history.

In conjunction to the landscapes, Towne has produced a new series of male portraits, for which he is well known. They are both a return to and a departure from his previous work. While this work again depicts the solo male figure, there is more variety of ethnicity.

In addition to the “George Towne: Portraits & Landscapes” month-long exhibition, a special “one-night only event” took place on June 21st from 6-8PM, where a selection of Drawings that Towne produced at the Leslie-Lohman Gay Men’s Erotic Drawing Studio displayed at the gallery. These were mostly Drawings done from life, of models holding sexually provocative poses, often wearing fetish gear.

Artists 3: Richard Taddei and Rick Quinn clamp on to each side of George
George with Keith McFadden
David Gross and George
WIth Marcel Yeoh and Michael Mut texting in the back

Jim Aquino, who walked away with an acquisition, and two friends
With Steve Chrostowsky and friend
Evans Joseph and Edward D. Miller
Interacting with john Voelcker
Michael Mut, gallery owner, enthusiastic supporter of George
with Roger Savonen
with Roger Savonen
Jesse EA Pasackow with George
Steve Nesselroth and Richard T. Quinn bookend George

Mut and John Deyling finishing a transaction on one of George's pieces
With Mark Owen
With Jono Manielli
John Seungh-Hwan Lee, fellow artist at Mut Gallery helps out at the bar

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