Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art
PENNY EISENBERG

penny eisenberg
"tangle"
Exhibition: June 4 - 20 - Opening reception: Thursday June 4, 6:30 - 8:30 pm


penny eisenberg - treetop tangle two
treetop tangle two
21 x 28 Inches  
oil on canvas over panel
$2,450 



tangle
in praise of chaos and light

When the child was a child...
It had a precise picture of paradise
And now can only vaguely conceive of it at best
It couldn't imagine nothingness
And today shudders in the face of it (1)

i wanted these landscapes to be intimate, more abstract, replete, substantive, tactile, suffused with surface texture, pattern, mark-making, colour and form; evocative, conjuring memories of being there. i did not wish to privilege any one leaf or twig, or create a hierarchy of subject.

i didn't want to leave anything out, but i couldn't help it.

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching... (2)

although all the paintings depict actual places, i hoped by narrowing my focus to create something both more comprehensive on the one hand and less specific on the other. that as metaphor the miracle of the burning bush (the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed) might suggest the possibility of redemption from our heavy ecological footprint. without straying too far from home in the midst of our urban sprawl, i find small tangles almost everywhere, overlooked, unannounced, in harmony, where one branch gives way to a different tree, foliage intermingles, where nothing in particular becomes everything in a smile of light.


And so each venture
Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate
With shabby equipment always deteriorating
In the general mess of imprecision of feeling, (3)

penny eisenberg 2009

(1) Peter Handke
(2) Martha Graham
(3) T.S. Eliot




penny eisenberg - burning bush thirteen
burning bush thirteen
36 x 27 Inches  
oil on canvas over panel
$3,950 



penny eisenberg - burning bush eleven: treetop tangle one
burning bush eleven: treetop tangle one
30 x 24 Inches  
oil on canvas
$2,950 



penny eisenberg - tangle: cool june
tangle: cool june
24 x 32 Inches  
oil on canvas
$3,150 



penny eisenberg - study - roadside tangle
study - roadside tangle
12 x 9 Inches  
oil on panel
$745 



penny eisenberg - burning bush one
burning bush one
18 x 14 Inches  
oil on canvas
$1,100 



penny eisenberg - burning bush seven
burning bush seven
24 x 18 Inches  
oil on canvas
$1,800 



penny eisenberg - burning bush six
burning bush six
24 x 18 Inches  
oil on canvas
$1,800 



penny eisenberg - tangle: forest light
tangle: forest light
24 x 18 Inches  
oil on canvas
$1,800 



penny eisenberg - tangle: winter
tangle: winter
16 x 40 Inches  
oil on canvas over panel
$2,650 



penny eisenberg - burning bush ten
burning bush ten
24 x 18 Inches  
oil on canvas
$1,800 



penny eisenberg - burning bush eight
burning bush eight
18 x 24 Inches  
oil on canvas
$1,800 



penny eisenberg - spring tangle
spring tangle
24 x 18 Inches  
oil on canvas over panel
$1,800 



penny eisenberg - burning bush nine
burning bush nine
14 x 18 Inches  
oil on canvas
$1,100 



penny eisenberg - study - baby burn and fern
study - baby burn and fern
12 x 9 Inches  
oil on canvas on panel
$745 



penny eisenberg - burning bush fourteen
burning bush fourteen
24.5 x 28 Inches  
oil on canvas over panel
$2,815 



penny eisenberg - spring birch
spring birch
16 x 24 Inches  
oil on canvas
$1,665 



penny eisenberg - tangle: cinderella stump
tangle: cinderella stump
27 x 18 Inches  
oil on canvas over panel
$1,960 



penny eisenberg - tangle at the gate
tangle at the gate
14 x 11 Inches  
oil on linen
$910 

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