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Eric Aho: Source

DC Moore Gallery is pleased to present Source an exhibition of new work by the American painter, Vermont–based artist Eric Aho. This presentation marks the artist’s seventh solo show with DC Moore.

On view in the gallery will be a new series of monumental and intimately scaled paintings. The artist imagined the canvases emerging one after the other, as remembered glimpses of the landscape passed on a walk through the woods in search of something, toward some unknown destination.

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Path in the Mountains, 2019
Oil on linen
90 x 80 inches

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Source, 2019
Oil on linen
90 x 80 inches

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Ice Out (Allagash), 2020
Oil on linen
90 x 80 inches

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Falls on the River in Early April, 2020
Oil on linen
60 x 50 inches

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Sett No. 1, 2020
Oil on linen
60 x 50 inches

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Interior, 2020
Oil on linen
60 x 50 inches

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Rose Confluence, 2020
Oil on linen
52 x 48 inches

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Mowing, 2020
Oil on linen
48 x 52 inches

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Path in the Mountains, 2019
Oil on linen
90 x 80 inches

Source, 2019
Oil on linen
90 x 80 inches

Ice Out (Allagash), 2020
Oil on linen
90 x 80 inches

Falls on the River in Early April, 2020
Oil on linen
60 x 50 inches

Sett No. 1, 2020
Oil on linen
60 x 50 inches

Interior, 2020
Oil on linen
60 x 50 inches

Rose Confluence, 2020
Oil on linen
52 x 48 inches

Mowing, 2020
Oil on linen
48 x 52 inches

In the exhibited works, Aho also continues his decades-long dialogue with other artists who also painted the river notably Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, Canadian painter Tom Thomson, and English painters John Constable, and Samuel Palmer. While the painterly cues Aho responds to seem to straddle both Romantic and Modernist concerns, he says, “I think I paint the way I live in the world - with a present minded-ness.” Indeed, the paintings presented in Source continue to deftly address exchanges between contrasts of abstraction and representation, experience and memory, and human physicality and natural phenomena.

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Left: Portage, 2019. Oil on linen, 78 x 70 inches
Right: Succession, 2020. Oil on linen, 78 x 70 inches.

continuation of press release with smaller panels

Images Clockwise from Left:
Lodge Pole, Runoff II, Mill Falls, Rapids II, 2020
All oil on linen, 11 x 14 inches

Painted over the past two years in Aho’s Vermont studio and exhibited publicly for the first time will be the Source Paintings, an installation of twenty-six smaller canvases painted during the pandemic lockdown. Like the larger paintings, these intimate works take rivers, rapids and waterfalls, streams, brooks, and mill ponds coursing through deep forests as their main subjects. Color and temperature, and scale and movement in the landscape inform the rhythms, vibrations, and atmosphere in these new paintings. 

He writes, “Sometimes I felt alone in the woods at the river’s edge, at other times I was in the company of Walt Whitman, Constance Gordon Cumming, or John McPhee. It was the image of the Kingfisher, following northern streams and rivers as described by 19th-century naturalist John Burroughs that planted the idea of an intentional seeking-searching-roaming in the paintings.”

 

Aho’s paintings convey both joy and dread, beauty and harshness, through a sensitivity for the sublime in feeling and sensation in the natural world. He’s also acutely aware of the physical and psychological disconnect between the environment and the individual. 

“These paintings are about being both a part of something and also strangely separate from it, bearing witness to its transience.”

An illustrated exhibition catalogue with an essay by Eric Aho will be available at DC Moore Gallery. 

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Path in the Mountains, 2019
Oil on linen
90 x 80 inches

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Source, 2019
Oil on linen
90 x 80 inches

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Ice Out (Allagash), 2020
Oil on linen
90 x 80 inches

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Succession, 2020
Oil on linen
78 x 70 inches

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Portage, 2019
Oil on linen
78 x 70 inches

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Nocturne, 2020
Oil on linen
68 x 60 inches

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Sett No. 1, 2020
Oil on linen
60 x 50 inches

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Interior, 2020
Oil on linen
60 x 50 inches

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Rose Confluence, 2020
Oil on linen
52 x 48 inches

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Mowing, 2020
Oil on linen
48 x 52 inches

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Halcyon Falls, 2020
Oil on linen
20 x 16 inches

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Lodge Pole, 2020
Oil on linen
14 x 11 inches

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Brook, 2020
Oil on linen
14 x 11 inches

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Rapids II, 2020
Oil on linen
14 x 11 inches

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Mill Falls, 2020
Oil on linen
14 x 11 inches

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Little Sunday Painting V, 2019
Oil on linen
10 x 8 inches

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Little Sunday Painting VI, 2019
Oil on linen
10 x 8 inches

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Little Sunday Painting VIII, 2019
Oil on linen
10 x 8 inches

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Path in the Mountains, 2019
Oil on linen
90 x 80 inches

Source, 2019
Oil on linen
90 x 80 inches

Ice Out (Allagash), 2020
Oil on linen
90 x 80 inches

Succession, 2020
Oil on linen
78 x 70 inches

Portage, 2019
Oil on linen
78 x 70 inches

Nocturne, 2020
Oil on linen
68 x 60 inches

Sett No. 1, 2020
Oil on linen
60 x 50 inches

Interior, 2020
Oil on linen
60 x 50 inches

Rose Confluence, 2020
Oil on linen
52 x 48 inches

Mowing, 2020
Oil on linen
48 x 52 inches

Halcyon Falls, 2020
Oil on linen
20 x 16 inches

Lodge Pole, 2020
Oil on linen
14 x 11 inches

Brook, 2020
Oil on linen
14 x 11 inches

Rapids II, 2020
Oil on linen
14 x 11 inches

Mill Falls, 2020
Oil on linen
14 x 11 inches

Little Sunday Painting V, 2019
Oil on linen
10 x 8 inches

Little Sunday Painting VI, 2019
Oil on linen
10 x 8 inches

Little Sunday Painting VIII, 2019
Oil on linen
10 x 8 inches

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On Intimacy and Distance: Eric Aho in Conversation with Todd Bradway

October 14, 2020

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