Planthouse Gallery is pleased to open Dreams, an exhibition of paintings and prints by John Mitchell, on October 13th. This will be the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.
Mitchell continues his steadfast commitment to portraiture within this exhibition, painting his friends, neighbors, and fellow artists through direct observation. “I am a people person,” says Mitchell in an interview with the artist Alix Bailey, published in conjunction with Dreams. “Within the context of our current time of political polarization, cancel culture, social media, smartphones, texting, speed dating, and online video communication—it feels good to slow way down and spend this kind of time in a room with another person for 3 to 6 hours per session, whether it be a one session painting or a more ambitious painting that can go on over months or even years.” Sessions repeat at a set time, week after week, for as long as it takes to complete the project. His method centers around the temporality of appearance and its relationship to time; his paintings reflect the time spent looking at and being with each person. Also on view are small etchings printed as intimate studies of the more significant works.
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