“Power Station” by Dennis Pinette
“Industrial Dreams” brings together a dozen small paintings in oil, both on panel and on rag paper mounted on canvas, as well as 7 graphite wash drawings on paper . These works range in size from 5 x 14 inches to 14 x 17 inches, and were painted in 2013 and 2014. The artist explains that the direct observation of plein air painting is intrinsic to his work, informing his imagination where, back in the studio, images come as dreams and memories, floating in on “some genetic brainwave.” This “genetic memory” connects him to other places and times. Taking what is expansive in scale, both as reality and dream memory, Pinette has distilled these landscapes down to a size that fits our visual capabilities and consciousness. Small and tangible, they allow us to comprehend the vastness of the artist’s vision and feelings for his subjects. The artist summarizes by saying, “I like to push realism to the edge of disintegration.” Pinette’s major 2003 retrospective, “The Lucid Mark; Fifteen Years of Painting” at the Farnsworth Art Museum was reviewed by Deborah Weisgall for the New York Times. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, Colby College Museum of Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Bates College Museum of Art, and outside of Maine, the De- Cordova Museum in Lincoln MA. His work is also in numerous corporate and private collections.