Michael Mooney

The Proposition

There are ten landscape paintings in this exhibition, each a small oil on panel in a large white frame. These rural scenes are rendered in deep greens and yellows, with paint so thick that it is raised in wide grooves by the brushstrokes. A number of different locales are represented: the almost miniature Tahiti (all works, 1989) shows what looks like a pineapple tree in an expanse of yellow and green grass. Warrensburg and Joe Indian pond road both look to be from upstate New York (the artist has spent a good deal of time in Albany) and have the tone of Americana. Fields near the flats, perhaps because of the use of golden-brown tones, looks like it might be Arles; an untitled piece shows a path to the horizon that passes through a few carefully planted trees.

Seeing these paintings against the white walls of the gallery, and with the frames being as large as they are, one gets the sense

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