FRIENDS FIND COMMON GROUND
by Linda Chestney
Sometimes in life it’s difficult to discern where reality ends and fiction begins. That’s sometimes true in the art world, too. “A Shared Vision,” currently at the Lyceum Gallery at Derryfield School, features photography that looks like painting along with painting that emulates photography. But it keeps you guessing even at close range. But whether the finished work is a photo or a painting, the results are sumptuous.
Showcasing the work of photographer Robert Janules and painter Richard Widhu, the exhibition highlights the natural world both artists cherish in a way that is intimate and closely examined, yet at times abstract and diverse. However it’s labeled, the reality in the pairing is brilliant.
The show is the brainchild of curator Andy Moerlein, an artist in his own right. Concurrently with the “Vision” show, his exhibition, “Demise,” is being featured at Boston Sculptors Gallery.
Moerlein, who has taught young artists at the Derryfield School for 18 years, said, “I saw the shared vision in the work of these two artists and encouraged them to exhibit pieces that presented the dialog that was evident in their friendship. The exhibit was hung in pairs so that often a photograph by Janules and a painting by Widhu made a more complete statement than either on their own.”