BANDON - The Bandon Library Art Gallery features three exhibits through Feb. 28. On the walls, the abstract paintings of Geralyn Inokuchi, and in the cases, displays by the Bandon Library Staff Picks Project, and the Peace Rocks Project.
"It would be easy to view Inokuchi's abstract paintings as mere bursts and swirls of color — and, as beautiful as they are, that would, perhaps, be enough — but the magic and power of these works is in their depths. Moving in to look closely, one is pulled deeper and farther into the many small moments happening within the larger canvas. Interplays of contrasting color create small eddies in the larger storm, and mysterious darkness contains surprising saturations of pure color.
"And there is texture — created by adding fibrous papers and painting over them, or removing areas of color to reveal what is layered below. A spirit of exploration is evoked and the viewer is asked to take the time required to really see what is there and to return again and again with fresh eyes. These paintings hold rich rewards for such efforts.
"Though inspired by the atmospheres, hues and moods of the natural world, Inokuchi's paintings nevertheless resist reduction to simple readings of landscape or skyscape: They are expressions of her innerscape. This is painting in its purest form, answerable only to itself. And in addition to all that, the work is beautiful."