Press Release  June 24, 2021

Diane Novetsky in the Kingston Gallery Exhibition: Space Between

Courtesy of the artist.

Diane Novetsky, Goin’ Fishin’, 2020. Acrylic on canvas. 60 x 54 inches.

SOUTH END BOSTON, MA – This year’s annual exhibition by Kingston Gallery’s Associate Artists, which opens in the full gallery space on "First Friday," July 2, explores the various ways artists inhabit, capture, and distinguish space. Some of the works in Space Between share and engage with physical place, other works use color and form to investigate surface and space, as seen in bold, biomorphic paintings by new member Diane Novetsky.

Space Between features the following artists: Jamie Bowman, R. Galvan, Amy Kaczur, Jane Lincoln, Brian Littlefield, Ingrid Ludt, Diane Novetsky, Ponnapa Prakkamakul, Rachel Thern, and Anne Sargent Walker.

Diane Novetsky, a rising Boston painter, uses bold, saturated colors and biomorphic forms evocative of the female body. Her work has been widely shown throughout the region, including Artspace Maynard, the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Galatea Fine Arts, Danforth Museum of Art, and Tufts University Aidekman Gallery. It has been published in Artscope, Art New England, the Boston Globe, and Boston Voyager.

"Goin' Fishin' serves as an apt metaphor for the process of painting," according to the artist. "We jump into a painting without clear knowledge of the outcome. We hope to ‘hook a big one’ trusting in our instincts and understanding of the fish. The fish may outwit us.”

Courtesy of the artist.

Diane Novetsky, Flaming Heart, 2021. Acrylic on canvas. 20 x 20 inches.

The paintings Goin’ Fishin’ and Babylon Baroque were recently included in the Site Brooklyn exhibit, Shape in all its Forms juried by writer and historian, Hunter Drohojowska-Philp. Boston Globe art critic Cate McQuaid wrote in March of 2020, "Novetsky often works sweepingly on larger canvases. She exhibits a taste for abstraction in supercharged colors, a delight in rush and spin, and a pleasure in pulling formal tensions taut."

Novetsky states, “Space Between is a potent title for our annual associates’ exhibit. We find ourselves embodying a space between the ravages of the Pandemic and a new ground of hopeful recovery from it. Space—physical and interior—has played a big part in our lives. Visceral space, emotional space is a theme that resonates with my painting. The curvilinear shapes and scalloping lines in my work dance within the picture frame, inviting the comparison to celestial bodies in interstellar space."

“Symmetry resonates with me due to its association with sacred art. By engaging with biomorphic forms and shapes reminiscent of art movements such as Art Nouveau, Sixties psychedelia, and early Modernism, I connect the human body and its power to evoke an iconic sense of space.”

Diane Novetsky, Celestial Bodies, 2020. Acrylic on canvas. 48 x 36 inches. $6,000.
Courtesy of the artsit.

Diane Novetsky, Celestial Bodies, 2020. Acrylic on canvas. 48 x 36 inches.

Diane Novetsky, Babylon Baroque, 2020. Acrylic on canvas. 60 x 54 inches.
Courtesy of the artist.

Diane Novetsky, Babylon Baroque, 2020. Acrylic on canvas. 60 x 54 inches.

About Kingston Gallery

An artist-run gallery incorporated in 1982, Kingston Gallery is Boston’s second oldest such institution presently in operation. The gallery exhibits the work of Boston-area contemporary artists, and features a diverse range of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, and installation. Located in the SoWa district in the South End, the exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday–Sunday 12–5 pm, and by appointment.

To see more of Diane Novetsky's work, please visit www.dianenovetsky.com

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