Rapture by Jim Denney
Jim Denney, Rapture (2020), Oil on canvas, 30 x 22 inches

Bearing Witness

Jim Denney

October 7 – November 21, 2021 | Opening Reception: October 9, 2021

Living and working in Hudson, New York, Jim Denney paints trees, forests and fires that are hyperrealistic in style, yet feel surrealistic in content. Within Denney’s tableaux, the hand of humanity is ever-present in his dramatic landscapes—although actual figures remain conspicuously absent from the forlorn vistas. Abounding with simultaneously haunting and idyllic natural imagery, Denney’s works contemplate both terrestrial demise and subsequent sublime transfigurations. Flush with poetic dualities, their musings pose fundamental, existential questions about the future of the earth and our place within it: What is the difference between “that which remains” and “that which is to come”? What do we humans do—individually and collectively—when we “can’t go on, but must go on”? How can a single image depict a seemingly post-apocalyptic realm (literally, after the end) while also holding hopeful promises of regeneration? Perhaps through the truths of an adept and passionate witness of our world.

The opening reception is on Saturday, October 9th from 6-8 PM. Artist Jim Denney will be present. The reception coincides with 2econd Saturday Hudson Gallery Crawl, where art galleries and select businesses remain open until 8 PM to welcome visitors (www.hudsongallerycrawl.com). Please note that face masks are required at SEFA Hudson regardless of vaccination status.