Black & White Gallery is proud to present THE GRAPE OF THE AIR - a remarkable new series of paintings and gouaches by Amy Talluto. The title references Eudora Welty's description of the landscape in the short story "Moon Lake." The story describes the night sky as "pale as a green grape, transparent as grape flesh over each tree" ... "the grape of the air." The paintings grow out of the lush, dense, deep woods portrayals in the story and present images of nature that seem filtered through an emerald glass. Each painting sits on the boundary of night's blackness and daytime's sunlight, distilled through a prism of green.
Talluto renders her landscapes through the lens of a contemporary painter. Far from traditional studies of landscape and environment, these works not only depict but also exude a world that is as dark as it is magical, as elusive as it is recognizable. Strangely bereft of human life, the paintings navigate the real and imagined; fusing passing and changing landscape, a monument to the earth itself and a poetic sense of place.