On Exhibit | Bring the City Home

Ed Green’s “Impressions of the City” at Bluff Blue Door Gallery

by Josy Jones

The holiday season: it’s unlike any other time of year. You get to see family you haven’t seen all year, decorate, give gifts and eat your grandmother’s family recipes. Perhaps this year you want to give a gift that makes a huge statement or decorate your house with conversation-starting art for your visitors. Maybe you’re considering the idea of starting over with your home decor, and are looking for unique pieces to display in your home. Ed Green’s exhibit, “Impressions of the City,” at the Bluff Blue Door Gallery may be a great place to start.

Bluff Blue Door Gallery does not appear to be a gallery space from the outside. In fact, at first glance it is a plain, no-frills home with a door that happens to be blue. Upon entrance, the endless potential of the space opens up to visitors. The gallery is in the basement, and the plain layout has the essence of an institutional facility or an underground lab; it compliments the exhibit’s bright, chaotic landscapes well.

Whether you miss the big city or find it noisy and unpleasant, there is a painting in this exhibit for you. Green lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. He feels that “city life is chaotic … full of bright lights and indistinguishable roads leading to nowhere.” He emphasizes these feelings by using oil paints to create skylines filled with blurry signs, bright colors, and even a “Man Lost in the City.”

Green’s paintings are a refreshing take on the traditional photos and paintings of skylines we’ve all seen. They are unique to his experience of the city, after growing up in a rural area. These paintings don’t just capture the feelings you can have in the city, but in all human relationships. Green uses the city to explore themes of division, isolation, feeling lost and feeling trapped—all of which have a strong presence in our lives. Although the paintings are beautiful and vibrant, staring at them from a distance does them no justice. It is only when you get close that you can see the texture, feel the city closing in on you, see the depth and maybe even find the man lost in the city.

Although the exhibit closed on December 2, it is open for private viewings. I encourage you to bring out your family or buy a piece to decorate your home. It will be unique and unlike any skyline you’ve ever seen. If you’re from the big city and you’re not going back for the holidays, it may help you feel right at home. Who knows? One of these paintings may help you finally spark a conversation with your cranky third cousin, Jeff.