June 1 - June 15, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 4, 4:30 - 7pm

The View From Here

Paintings by Meridith McNeal


Eleanor Clark, in Rome and a Villa (Doubleday, 1952), uses the term windowphilia to describe the enchanting quality windows have in the design of a villa. My work included in The View from Here is from a body of work that is indeed my own bit of windowphilia; large paintings—part window, part interior—that reference the historical and physical attributes of the places I have visited, as well as the generations that have passed through them and my own presence as a contemporary visitor.

These Windowphilia paintings request two kinds of action from the observer. Clearly beckoning, an invitation to peer through a series of life-sized windows that look out onto beguiling landscapes but also asking the viewer to stop, wait, and look more closely at what lies inside. In addition to their respective exterior landscapes, each window painting alludes to a rich interior, sometimes overtly but more often with just the hint of what lies beyond the frame.

Open, shut, ajar; curtained or naked; opaquely reflective or straightforwardly transparent—these windows all have their own ways of inviting the viewer in. And at the same time, each one begs you to wait just a moment.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Meridith McNeal is a Brooklyn-based artist, educator, curator, arts administrator and hula hooper.  Meridith has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome several times.  Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally, and is represented by Figureworks Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. For more information, click here.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

FiveMyles is in part supported by the New York State Council for the Arts, Public Funds from the New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, the Greenwich Collection, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and Humanities NY.