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Tom Chaney No. 271: Conversations: Alan Vance at the Gallery

Of Writers and Their Books No. 271, 26 September 2010. Critique Conversations: Alan Vance at The Gallery Horse Cave, KY, art on display

The next earlier Tom Chaney book review, The Plague of 1918, by John M. Barry.
By Tom Chaney
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Conversations: Alan Vance at the Gallery

Or, in this case, "Painters and their Palate."

Alan Vance, 46, of Round Bottom has hung his paintings in "The Gallery" at 109 Water Street in Horse Cave.

I reckon that ought to be enough said about any serious artist. We should welcome the chance to sit quietly with a work of art -- be it as representational as a photograph or as abstract as a dot of color. But often the viewer does not know where to begin when confronted with planes of form and color which seem to not relate to the reality the viewer knows.

Alan and I spoke of this among other things a few days ago when we fell to talking about his art and one's reaction to it.

"I want to provoke a response," he observed. "The response could be just a 'What is it?' or 'What the hell!'

"It's O. K. if they just scratch their head."

The usual representational picture deals with matters of perspective trying to lead the viewer into and beyond the two dimensional plane of the canvas. Vance, on the other hand is concerned with bringing the plane of the canvas toward the viewer.

The round dot of color may shield the nipple of a woman or it may be a balloon on a string.

What matters is that questions are raised; images are perceived; thoughts are followed without clear definitions.

Conversations begin between the viewer and the elements of the work; among the works themselves. Meaning is not necessary.

Think of dreams: "As is true with dreams," Vance notes, "juxtapositions may be interesting but the meaning is not always clear. In fact, it is often the lack of connection that creates interest and sparks curiosity."

And there are the hands.

Alan Vance's paintings will be in the Gallery for the next few weeks. The Bakery/Gallery, 109 Water Street in Horse Cave. is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am until 5pmCT. Drop in. Ask for a chair. Begin a conversation.
Tom Chaney can be found telling stories, planning his next meal, and occasionally selling books at
Box 73 / 111 Water Street
Horse Cave, Kentucky 42749
(270) 786-3084
Email: Tom Chaney
The Gallery, Heritage Arts Center, is located at 109 Water StreetHorse Cave, KY 42749 Phone (270) 786-4502

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