Halos of flickering light within dreamy nightscapes greet you at Kathryn Lynch’s new show at SenaSpace Art Gallery in NYC. At first glance, the fantasy blue moonrise depicting summers on Shelter Island places you immediately in a dreamy state. The calm blue colors of the ocean woven with moonlight is breathtaking and keeps you moving towards the Manhattan and Brooklyn night cityscapes. These new works by Lynch are reminiscent of early 20th century paintings, like Georgia O’Keefe’s “New York Night” mixed with hints of Edward Hopper. Photographs at the same time by Alvin Langdon Coburn are brought to mind, where Coburn experimented with a quiet, abstract, moody atmosphere at night in early 1900’s NYC. In this series, Lynch’s paintings, also atmospheric in nature, blur delineations of concrete lines of time and space. In fact. The cars placed in her paintings could be from the 1930’s or 1940’s. Celebrating the light of night from flickering headlights, streetlights, illuminated windows and the moon, the city’s structures and the viewer become entranced.
The back room hosts her smaller paintings, really small gems, mostly of scenes from Red Hook, Brooklyn. Windswept by snow and rain, winter in the city flashes through car window dashboards.
Lynch’s new work is personally timely for me. Since moving back to my room I occupied as a teenager, I remember looking through my window right before heading to sleep. My own personal NYC nightscape contains the Chrysler and the Empire State buildings. It is that in between state of reality and dream before you fall asleep that Lynch captures in this show. I feel truly at home in Kathryn Lynch’s nocturnal dreamy world.
Kathryn Lynch: Up at Night
Exhibition Dates: November 5 – November 29, 2015
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday (12 noon to 8 pm)
SenaSpace . 229 Centre Street, NYC, NY 10013
Writing/Photography by: Olya Turcihin