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The Grenning Gallery is pleased to announce our latest group show,
Compte Rendu
which will hang from Saturday, October 10th, through November 8th.
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 Due to social distancing guidelines, we will not be having a typical opening reception.
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The gallery is now open 5 days a week, Thursday – Monday
(By appointment only, on Tuesday and Wednesday).
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We invite you to come into the gallery, or if you’d prefer a private appointment, simply call 631 725-8469, Text Laura at 631-767-5302 or  email us at info@grenninggallery.com.
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Compte Rendu is 18th century French for “Report to the King”.  This was supposed to be an honest and clear report of what was actually happening in the Kingdom and it was delivered directly to the King.  So, in this show – during the month before the next presidential election, we’ve curated a socially conscious exhibition of international artists, inspired by their individual responses to the current world crises.
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“A Daily Reprieve” by Kristy Gordon, 12 x 24 inches, Oil on canvas, 2019
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“The Last Judgement” by Jan Van Eyck (1440)
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This exhibition was first conceived after seeing new work from Canadian Artist, Kristy Gordon. In response to the 2016 presidential election, Gordon felt inspired to address what she imagined were pressing social issues through her art. Little did she know that her paintings would come to life.  Gordon spent a long while absorbing famed works from pre-renaissance masters Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Hieronymus Bosch, and Jan Van Eyck at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jan Van Eyck’s “The Last Judgement” was a major inspiration. In “Daily Reprieve” Gordon depicts a walk through sunny Central Park, with a view of reality on several levels.  This painting highlights the unseen (and unforeseen) but deadly risks that are everywhere, literally haunting the mostly unaware citizens. The skeletons, which are a symbol of deadly risks are walking with and guiding what seem to be unsuspecting folks, amid unseen dangers which are lurking below the water and ground.
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At the time of creating these paintings, well before the pandemic hit, Gordon explains that she was thinking of the bipolarity of destiny: where hope and conflict co-exist.  She explained that multi figure compositions are technically challenging – using artifice to create theatricality. Weird unexplainable elements play along with ‘normal life’ in this series of works from Gordon.
“Candyland” by Kristy Gordon, 12 24 inches, Oil on canvas, 2019
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The group show continues with work from local East End painter, Adam Straus, environmentally-concerned paintings; Steven Levin multi-figure interiors investigating human-reactions to different forms of media; Melissa Franklin Sanchez,  whose paintings were executed while quarantined in her modest Fiesole apartment together with her two small children; Patricia Watwood depicts strong images of contemporary women; Patrick Byrnes expresses acts of love through his tender portraits; Emily Persson delivers three canvases of the beautiful & fragile Australian Landscape, from which she has experienced one of the strictest federal lockdowns in the world; George Morton original drawing of Mars is currently on view at the MoMA, and limited edition prints are available here at the Grenning Gallery; Leo Mancini Hresko submitted a painting of Mar a Lago, which he executed on-site a few years ago; and finally, Scott Bluedorn will exhibit a few recycled “found fiberglass objects”  with his intricate ball-point etchings. 
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Fire and Earth by Adam Straus, 48 x 33 inches, Oil on canvas, 2008
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National Gallery, London by Steven J. Levin, 34 x 46 inches, Oil on canvas, 2018
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“If You Look Closer” by Melissa Franklin Sanchez, 30 x 40 inches, Oil on copper, 2020
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“Femen Flora” by Patricia Watwood, 28 x 26 inches, Oil on linen, 2014
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Jamaal in profile by Patrick Byrnes, 2016, 23″x16″, oil on pane
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“Mars” by George Morton; Limited Edition Print – 16 x 20 inches
(Original drawing currently on view at MoMA PS1 exhibition:
“Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration”
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“Flora no Fauna” by Emily Persson, 20 x 24 inches, Oil on linen, 2020
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“Mar a Lago” by Leo Mancini Hresko, 20 x 25 inches, Oil on canvas, 2013
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“Gosnold Point” by Scott Bluedorn,
8 x 17 inches, ballpoint pen and acrylic on found fiberglass fragment
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