Udona Boerema:
February 25 - April 1, 2017

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Untitled, acrylic on linen,
10 in. x 7 in., 2015
Gray Contemporary is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in the United States
by Dutch painter Udona Boerema. Transience opens Saturday, February 25th from
5-8pm with the artist present, and will continue through April 1, 2017.

Udona Boerema’s exhibition Transience, is a selection of recent paintings from an ongoing
series focused on the imagery of mountains. Boerema paints in a reductive manner with
acrylic on course linen using washes to create a transparent and almost abstract
observation of each mountain.

All works in this exhibit are very small in size as the largest painting is 12” x 10”. In each
work Boerema paints the mountainous scene almost as a portrait, centered and as the
main focal point.  The complexity of each mountain has been reduced to simple shapes,
mostly negated to two plains which are often black and white.The background or
negative space is often subdued in color while texturally the burlap-like course linen
takes a predominate presence throughout each work. As the side of the paintings
become vital for the work as the natural linen color is left bare with subtle drips wrapping
around to the back side of each painting. Within each work Boerema paints sincere
and intimate moments using mountainous landscapes symbolically to portray
thoughts that are serene yet haunting.

Boerema on her fascination of mountains, “The experience I had when first driving
with my parents from the flat, Dutch landscape into a mountainous landscape was
overwhelming. From seeing an indistinct, grey mass on the far off horizon that, on coming
closer, became a massive and dramatic presence: majestic and formidable. That was
my first experience with mountains. The mountainous landscape captivated me with
its diversity between the towering heights and deep valleys and the difficulty I had in
making sense of the scale of this whole. The physical scale of it seemed too enormous
to fit into my head. This experience of enormity has had an ongoing effect on me.

The Netherlands is not exactly rich in mountains, but is in clouds. I grew up in the east
of Groningen (in the north of the Netherlands, close to the German border) which has
abundant, horizontal and flat views out of which you can see the clouds floating in
from far off, against a clear, blue sky. Thin, white, silk-like clouds and big, cumulus
clouds with dark bases and white flanks. Clouds like a range of mountains that float
over the landscape leaving big shadows over the countryside. The sensation I
experience with these two types of landscapes and how to transform these
landscapes into one landscape- where clouds become mountains and
mountains evaporate into clouds-I have tried to translate pictorially.”