This weekend I went to see the new show by Declan Halpin at one of my favorite art galleries in Provincetown, Ernden Fine Art Gallery at 397 Commercial Street, where the works are polished with a bent toward the abstract, and the gallery director, Dennis Costin, is always welcoming and gracious.
Halpin creates sculptural paintings on metal panels. I purchased two a few years ago that I still adore. The colors are soft, the top one has an almost unfinished quality. The scattering of dots you see are actually holes made with a blowtorch. The petal-like shapes of the bottom piece are also holes, and there is another layer of metal behind the panel. My photos do not do them justice.
Below are images from the current show at Ernden. Halpin’s works are much brighter this time, with an emphasis on geometry. The series explores the relationship between humans and 21st century technology. Halpin sees this as a “blend of science and romance ” and finds the experience both “jarring and wonderful”.
24 x 22 x 1
Acrylic on Aluminum
8 x 10 x 1
Graphite and Acrylic on Aluminum