“Palaemon: A Survey of Paintings by Jon Imber,”
An opening reception will take place on Saturday, May 11, from 3–5 pm, with a dialogue between Imber and former MOMA curator Deborah Wye.
This display of over 40 paintings, on display through June 15, celebrates 35 years of discovery and experimentation, moving from images of figuration through landscape to abstraction.
Although diagnosed last year with ALS, a neurodegenerative disorder, Imber persevered and trained himself to paint with his left hand. The most recent paintings on exhibit were made in this manner. In some of the newest work, Imber has returned to portraits, examining mortality and legacy through images of relationships between father, son, and mentor.
Imber’s work references not only the Abstract Expressionists of the last century but also
artists of the 16th-century Venetian School, with their mastery of light and color. The artist’s
influences range broadly from Cezanne and Van Gogh to the frescoes at Pompeii, from medieval
cathedral sculpture to Matisse and Beckman. Like the Venetians and the Impressionists, Imber believes in color over design. With his judicious application of paint, using the processes of layering and blending, as well as scraping away, Imber achieves images alive with glowing richness. His influences reflect the tensions he plays with in his own work: personal vision versus the material of paint, content versus form.
An essay by poet and essayist William Corbett accompanies the exhibition. An online catalogue will be published and available on the museum’s website and at jonimber.com.
For further information about the exhibition and programs, call 718-997-4747 or visit qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/godwin_ternbach. Exhibition entry and public programs are free.
The exhibition was curated by Elizabeth Hoy and organized by the Godwin-Ternbach Museum and the Friends of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum.
The museum is open Monday through Thursday and Saturday 11 am to 5 pm. Its schedule reflects the college’s academic calendar. It is closed during college recesses and holidays. Call 718-997-4747 to verify dates of current and upcoming exhibitions and events.
May 1, 2013 - June 15, 2013
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Pasul Klapper Hall
Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Room 405