Fred Duignan will be exhibiting a portion of his painting series “Six X (The Sixth Extinction on Earth)” at Green Kill from Saturday, June 1, 2019 until Saturday, June 29, 2019 along with works by three other artists, including , Steven Lewis, Gary Mayer, and Noah Saterstrom
Best hours to view this exhibition are 3-6 PM Tuesday-Saturday.
The opening celebration will be on Saturday, June 1 from 5-7 PM. Please join us for wine and conversation.
About The Sixth Extinction on Earth
The series begins with a painting of the industrial landscape of the New Jersey Meadowlands, “an arrangement of remembrance” (1) of his experiences as a youth growing up near and playing in this environment. The subsequent works herald the consequences resulting from the major industrialized nations’ unwillingness to address the climate issues facing the planet through continued practices that are leading to a manmade sixth extinction of life.
- John Ruskin on J.M.W. Turner
(The 6th Extinction on Earth)
that promises escape
to a pure and simple place
must first be dragged through wet
gray industrial stained topsoil
that hides black mud underneath
through swamp grass and rising
cat tails to the stagnant water’s edge.
On both sides of the watercourse
chimneys release smoke
huge oil tanks with
ladders running up their sides
dot one’s vision
steel and concrete buildings
house momentless thinking
all illuminated by refinery gas torches
signaling authoritarian rule
encased in barrels of crude
and acts of cruelty
bringing new meaning to
the shouts of Blood and Soil.
When the lifeboat is ready for release
into the creek where gasoline greens, pinks and blues
swirl like a psychedelic light show
the raft realizes it is but a broken palate
that carried goods to market
full of cost savings slots
that will not float.
Previous Exhibitions of Freed Duignan at Green Kill
Fred Duignan exhibited his autobiographical diptych series of 18 works entitled 3twenty9 at Green Kill in May of 2018. Opening reception was May 5 from 5-7 PM. Closes Saturday, May 26.
Fred Duignan is a painter residing in Woodstock, New York who has exhibited since the 1980s nationally, including New York City and internationally. He is a former art critic for Cover, a 1980s NYC downtown arts and entertainment magazine and served as Art Curator for the Paterson Museum in the late 80s and early 90s.
“After many years of harnessing technique, pursuing picturing, responding to trends and restating history, I now avoid making art that is burdened by technique, overwhelmed by thought, or crushed by style. Painting has become an experience based on the belief in my hand as a channel for the collaboration between materials and my life’s deep psychological underpinnings. It is in the resultant dialogue of mind and body with color and form where my originality resides. The uniqueness of the resulting object as itself fully revealed presents the viewer with a complex visual experience resulting in direct personal recognition.
My new series of 18 diptychs titled 3twenty9 utilizes and confronts some of the darker events experienced at that address where my childhood took place. A poet with the Rutherford, NJ poetry group LUNCH (now the Red Wheelbarrow Poets) since the 1970s, I am employing poems as painted elements in each piece to illuminate and be illuminated by the companion image. “