Anne Diggory : Live Streaming
September 7-October 2, 2021
Reception: Thursday Sept 9, 5-8 pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday Oct. 2, 2 pm
Blue Mountain Gallery presents Live Streaming, an exhibition of recent works by Anne Diggory that were inspired by the Adirondacks of upstate New York. In the painted and mixed media works she continues her interest in a merger of the fleeting moment with the supposedly more permanent natural forms of mountains and shores. In that interplay, the land forms take on the liveliness of the clouds and waters. Shifting interpretations of the same locations inform multiple works on the same day, on return visits, or in re-imaginings back in the studio.
Many of the works in the exhibition were scheduled to be shown in a solo show just as New York shut down for the pandemic. Here they are combined with newer works made during the pandemic, focusing on the suspension of time and celebrating the moment of painting and seeing. Diggory wrote an article about the pandemic experience of sudden isolation (Adirondack Almanac) and she taught herself how to make videos in order to connect online (Vimeos about In Suspension, painting water and White Lightening).
On the day that I should have been packing up paintings for my March 2020 show, instead I headed for a waterfall within an easy drive, seeking distraction and solace. It wasn’t entirely an escape. Something about the stranded tree trunk resonated with my own sense of time suspended, with reverberations of both sudden catastrophe and the regular flow of natural forces. (In Suspension 24x48” acrylic on canvas )pictured above)
Diggory’s work has recently been seen in solo exhibitions at the Albany Institute of History and Art and the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls. Her work has been featured in Adirondack Life, Adirondack Explorer and American Artist. She has maintained a studio in Saratoga Springs, New York, for forty years while also working on location on her travels. www.diggory.com