Make of Yourself a Light | Caryn Friedlander

ArtXchange Gallery presents Caryn Friedlander’s latest solo exhibition, Make of Yourself a Light. This new series of luminous oil paintings on linen draws visual inspiration from the moods and seasonal cycles of a spring-fed lake. These gestural abstractions invite the viewer to find solace in the color, texture, and emotion of being in nature.


The title of the exhibition references the last words of the historical Buddha, which have been a guiding principle in the artist’s life, especially during these challenging times. Throughout the pandemic, Friedlander’s weekly walks around a single lake revealed to her its many moods, from brilliant summer days to drenching winter rains. “It has kept me whole, and keeps me sane“, Friedlander writes. “The certitude of the cycle of life and death that nature mirrors brought me a kind of hope and resilience that was hard to find elsewhere”.

 

"This show is dedicated to Michael Spafford. He was a great artist, mentor, and friend. He was a model of what any upright human being could aspire to; generous, compassionate, creative, and kind. Along with many, many people in our community, I mourn his passing and celebrate his life." - Caryn Friedlander

 


 


 

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