Ed writes: “The comments included below reflect understandings of my recent work that I’d like to share.”
Day Sailors, 2016, acrylic/ canvas, 24 ” x 30 ”
“Why Abstract: The Art of Imagination” – “The show is generally strong, and several works, especially those from Maria Malatesta and Ed Touchette, are unforgettable. Malatesta’s two “Field” series paintings (#26, #27), acrylic on paper, are full of air and atmosphere. The canvases don’t “abstract” the image of a field of flowers, but capture a field as if it were made of the stuff we breathe. We recognize that it’s a field, but we could also inhale it, almost hear it. Touchette’s two acrylics, “Phototaxis” and “Day Sailors,” invite interpretation. Bold lines describe something — something elusive. A bright color highlights. The titles intrigue. There is meaning, or suggestions, and we are invited to offer our ideas.” – Keith Powers, reviewing 3 abstract group exhibits for Cape Ann Beacon on view at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, Trident Gallery and Flat Rocks Gallery.
“Why Abstract: The Art of Imagination” was reviewed by Keith Powers in today’s Cape Ann Beacon. I particularly was drawn over to Ed Touchette‘s piece almost expecting to find my secret location on land pushed against the sea currents navigating the shoreline. Maps of our existence of place or a dance with the China trade? I may have flown over and sailed through this place at one time. The piece has certainly pulled on my imagination. Look deeper and there is more.” – Jo Ann Castano
“Why Abstract: The Art of Imagination” continues through the end of May at the cultural center on Rocky Neck.