As William Blake once wrote, “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite.” This thought, contained in Blake’s poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, inspired Aldous Huxley who, in turn, inspired Jim Morrison, whose band took its name from Blake.
Six Summit Gallery in Ivoryton is using the quote as inspiration for an exhibition of three painters, “Doors of Perception: Hollis Dunlap, Nathan Lewis and Susan Stephenson.”
Leo Feroleto, Six Summit Gallery’s tireless owner, says that the show “focuses on three artists’ unique entry into perceptual painting. All three share a deep-rooted investment in looking closely and an inherent dedication to painting.”
Particularly impressive are the emotionally-invested paintings of Nathan Lewis, who has set his visual narratives in abandoned factories. As he says, “These spaces, without any intervention of mine, speak naturally to our present, and to what has passed…It is in this in-between state, the factories, much like paintings, serve as a window between worlds; worlds of the present and possible futures, or worlds of the physical and the metaphysical.”
Lewis’ paintings have been exhibited worldwide and appeared on the covers of books and journals. He is a professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.
“The Doors of Perception: Hollis Dunlap, Nathan Lewis and Susan Stephenson” runs from May 9 through June 22.
Dates for the opening reception weekend:
May 9: 6:30-10 p.m.
May 10: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
May 11: noon-4 p.m.
Six Summit Gallery, 6 Summit Street, Ivoryton, CT, 860-581-8332. For more information and directions, go to www.sixsummitgallery.com