The missus and I went to beautiful Glen Echo today to check out a couple of new shows, including J. Jordan Bruns solo, which according to the news release:
The Popcorn Gallery is proud to present Playing with Reality: 15 Years at Glen Echo Park a solo exhibition by Glen Echo Park Resident Artist J. Jordan Bruns. Bruns has been creating a wide range of paintings in the Stone Tower Studio since joining the Park 15 years ago. He is known for his large-scale abstractions depicting themes of order vs. chaos. This retrospective show celebrates his range as an artist, featuring a stunning collection of paintings with varying degrees of realism. From portraits and landscapes that evoke mood and personality to still life paintings that border on “trompe l’oeil” realism, utilizing expert oil painting techniques, demonstrating the breadth of his artistic output.
This series of acrylic wash painting was executed when Bruns lived in Japan for a few years and explored that nation’s artistic ancestry – both in media and subject
Detail of Bruns spectacular brush mastery from one of the above Japanese washes. I think that Bruns’ Japanese period works speak for their own – they tell the tale of a brush master absorbing the Japanese scenery with the facility of a seasoned brush painter; they are nonetheless fresh and contemporary – this is a rare marriage indeed.
But it is Bruns immensely fresh series of studio portraits which (in my opion) dominate the show, not only for the facility with which Bruns delivers the brushy color application to define the subject with immense freshness and skill, but also by the unintended juxtapositioning that they deliver to the show when paired with the Japanese paintings – it is as if two master artists decided to hold a two person show: One a master color-wash painter, the other a master of the color scale. And it works!
This is a terrific example of an artist’s artists show – it allows Bruns to flex his formidable painting skills in two opposite directions and showcase his mastery over both!