A new collection of abstracts inspired by COVID-19 is now on exhibit at Art & Light Gallery, 16 Aiken St., Greenville.
When the quarantine began, Art & Light Gallery invited Josh Jensen, a Charlotte, North Carolina, abstract expressionist painter, to create a new collection exploring what it means to create in the time of COVID-19.
“As Jensen watched his three young children play endlessly while home from school during the quarantine, he was able to reallocate time to play richly with his art, pushing his work further and deeper,” Kat Mazzone, gallery associate at Art & Light, said in a release.
The end result, titled “A Season of Childlike Prosperity,” explores Jensen’s creative experiences during the pandemic and how they have evolved. It also marks the artist’s first solo exhibition.
The show’s title is a nod to two artists of influence: Cy Twombly, an American painter, sculptor and photographer who famously told an art critic that his work was “childlike,” not “childish,” and photographer Mike Brodie, who documented his life as a hobo in the book “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity.”
Brodie’s book illustrates that his time jumping trains allowed for many adventures of youthful riches, despite the apparent poverty of not having a home, according to Mazzone.
Jensen’s collection of 16 paintings can be viewed online or in person until July 31.