There is something special about twilight; the transitional period between day and night can also be a metaphor for the transition between consciousness and sleep, past and present, the remembered and forgotten.
Like the state between waking and sleep, twilight can also be a period in which two different states coexist, the fading but still rich colors of the day and the glow of nighttime lights mingle in a way that evokes stillness and contemplation.
Florida based painter Matthew Cornell uses all of these elements to effect in his series of paintings that are part of a new solo show at Arcadia Contemporary in New York, titled “Pilgrimage”.
His often small scale paintings of suburban homes, streets, driveways and garages, made almost mystical by their twilight settings, are laden with meaning, as Cornell revisits in particular places of significance in his life after the recent death of his parents.
He also visits the childhood homes of his parents, wrapping all in the half remembered/half present sensation of muted light.
“Pilgrimage” will be on display at Arcadia Contemporary from March 19 to April 22, 2915.