Eric Aho: An Unfinished Point in a Vast Surrounding
April 22, 2016–September 11, 2016
William L. and Bette Batchelor Gallery
Eric Aho, Moncel-sur-Seille 26 September 44, 2014, Oil on linen, 16 x 20 in., Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York
VideoJoin the Museum in celebrating an exhibition of recent paintings by artist Eric Aho.
For nearly 25 years, Eric Aho has depicted the landscape as a means to investigate and expand the boundaries of painting and personal inquiry. Since his earliest projects, Aho has brought historical research, personal relationships, and a close reading of the landscape together to reinvigorate traditional portraiture and challenge what it means to paint the landscape today, in works that are both representational and dynamically abstract.
In this exhibition, Aho presents a suite of recent works–some on public view for the first time–that extend his painterly explorations. Approach (2012), from Aho’s Mountain Series, portrays an image of a looming mountain, which for the artist represents an impending journey and ambiguous goal that relates both to the process of painting, as well as to traveling an unfamiliar landscape. His monumentally scaled triptych (2016), after which the exhibition is titled, similarly depicts an icy mountain-scape, and is inspired by the British Explorer Henry Worsley, who recently attempted but failed to complete Ernest Shackleton’s aborted trans-Antarctic journey. This and other paintings—including a group of Aho’s “Landscape Portraits” (2011-present)—reflect the artist’s fascination with connecting with a person or historical moment through the process of painting.
This idea is powerfully conveyed in Aho’s ongoing Continental Series (War Paintings) (2014-present), comprising over 50 individual works that trace the path of his father’s combat engineer battalion during World War II. This series joins painting and research methodologies to construct layers of memory, history, cultural landscape, oral history, and art history, all brought together in his painterly works.
April 21, 2016
Eric Aho: Members only preview
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Artist Remarks 7:30 p.m. All members please RSVP using the button below. RSVP to ...
June 9, 2016
Up Close Tour: Artist Eric Aho
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Join abstract expressionist Eric Aho, whose works are featured in our current exhibition Eric Aho: An Unfinished Point in a Vast Surrounding, in the ...
August 12, 2016
Direct Response: Outdoor Painting with Eric Aho
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Eric Aho’s works are a direct response to nature, whether they depict the New England landscapes that capture dramatic effects of weather and sunlight, ...
August 11, 2016
An Evening with Artist Eric Aho, An Unfinished Point in a Vast Surrounding
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Join artist Eric Aho for an in-depth look into the life and career of a nationally exhibiting artist. View the works of Eric Aho: ...
August 7, 2016
Storytelling with Michael Takiff, Author of Brave Men, Gentle Heroes: American Fathers and Sons in World War II and Vietnam
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Michael Takiff will lead a lively discussion about his non-fictional novel, which features a compelling story of human connections that weave together themes of ...