April Street Exhibits Paintings in Nashville09.16.2005
NASHVILLE — "The Swimmers," an exhibition of paintings by April Street, opens Oct. 15 with a reception from 2-6 p.m. at The Arts Company in Nashville, TN.
In Gilf Kebir, southwest Egypt, near the border to Lybia a cave was discovered in 1933. The cave contained a prehistoric artist's paintings of swimming figures on the cave walls. The area is now a desert, unlike the place where the painter once swam.
Also in 1933 , the United States passed the TVA Act, enabling the flooding of parts of the Tennessee Valley. The flooding concealed remnants of history and, at the same time, added a layer onto the earth's surface much like the process of applying paint to canvas.
"The Swimmers" sensationalizes an underwater shangri-la. The large-scale paintings on canvas contain the artist's desire to arrange history and fantasy in a cause-and-effect relationship.
Street recently moved from the Tri-Cities area to Los Angeles. Her phantasmagoric narratives are concocted with characters, creatures and textural passageways that occupy a reservoir of historical painting styles and mark making. In these layered events on canvas, her stories float through a fantastical space escaping the current reality while engaging in dialogue with the past.
To see more images, go to the painting section on the website The Swimmers