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Opening: Brian Dennis and Keith Breitfeller

  • Healing Arts Collective 519 South 9th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19147 United States (map)

Show runs through the end of October

Brian Dennis - Artist Statement
This last year has been personally remarkable for me. I’ve come to better terms with my past and have found an acceptance of myself. In doing so, I have stepped out of fear into a calm. It’s not a place I’ve ever lived in or work from. I wanted to create from this peaceful place. 
As I began the series I saw my old rage. In this quiet, I was able to see the anger around my history. I am no longer engulfed in it, nor is it not depleted. It’s an engine, churning away by my side. I had planned a series of serene blue color field pieces. But they were spontaneously dashed as the anger focused itself into piercing shards.

The beauty of texture and color.
The theme of my painting has been a search for stillness, a form of meditative calm. Painting is my escape from a world of too much noise and information. It’s a way to step away from those inner dialogues that keep us from being truly calm. My Paintings contain no objects, nor do they represent things or places. They are flat two dimensional works. They do not mirror the world but provide a porthole for escape. This series of painting reflects my continuing fascination with color. Softer pigments and stronger under paintings with movement are the focus of this series, forcing the viewer to go a step deeper into the work. The goal of my work is to provide a sense of peacefulness and a meditation to the viewer. Thus creating a separate space as an oasis away from the complexities of modern living where one can reflect on what is essential.
— Keith R. Breitfeller regarding Pale Hues Series, 2010