The Ties That Bind: Related Visions On The Cape

Carol Odell, "Hearing from the Chorus," oil on canvas, 48” x 36”.


ARTISTS SPOTLIGHT
ODELL ART STUDIO AND GALLERY
423 MAIN STREET
CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
RELATED VISIONS: CAROL ODELL, TOM ODELL AND JOHN HOWELL WHITE
PROVINCETOWN ART ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM
460 COMMERCIAL STREET
PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS
MAY 4 THROUGH JUNE 24
by Ron Fortier

According to W. J. Clinton, “Great rewards will come to those who can live together, learn together, work together, forge new ties that bind together.”

Carol Odell, Tom Odell and John Howell White are bound together by art, blood and commitment. Carol and Tom are husband and wife. Their upcoming exhibition, “Related Visions: Carol Odell, Tom Odell and John Howell White” opens May 4 at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum on Cape Cod.

John Howell White is Carol’s brother. While Carol and John are painters, Tom is a metalsmith/jeweler. Together, they share a similar approach and vision in their work with regard to materials, composition and pure expression.

Their collective inspiration comes from nature and their surroundings. Their imagery is part of a shared vision, yet allows for their individual intent. Individually and collectively, their use of color, form, texture, line and space are represented in their two-dimensional and three-dimensional work.

Their imagery is conceived, created and reflective of their souls. However, regardless of their inspiration, commonality and relationship, their work doesn’t attempt to represent reality.

Tom, Carol and John have launched themselves into their improvisational approach and their compositional knowledge and skills to execute works of harmony, rhythm and dynamic balance. For over four decades, their relationship, interaction and conversations — not only on what they see, but how they see and what they would like to express — have made their individual and collective journeys more focused, and made them successful as art educators and artists.

Tom and Carol Odell’s collective studio statement — “Our work shares an exploration of unique, non-objective, visual and sculptural images within the format of traditional materials and techniques” — enforces what the observer already senses when they engage with their art.

White is “interested in paintings as contemplative spaces. For many years, like many people with complicated lives, my painting moments have been wedged between work, family and civic life.” He went on to say, “Hopefully, these images animate space, attract viewers’ attention and hold their attention long enough to resonate with their own thoughts about everyday events, as well as truth, beauty and goodness.”

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