The Bowery Gallery in Chelsea is currently presenting Old Souls, a collection of paintings by Janet Gorzegno. These paintings feature as a recurring motif the human head, often with a meditative countenance. Each subject possesses its own personality while inviting reflection on themes such as awareness, death, and transformation.
One painting titled Messenger shows a head where wings appear behind the ear, recalling the Roman god Mercury while also suggesting an exploratory soul interested in travel to inner worlds. In the upper right corner of this painting, a sun-like form can be seen shining down upon the primary form of the head.
Another piece, Between Land and Sea, depicts a bearded man with a stilled expression on his face. On the left side of the image, a sailboat appears on the water in a moonlit atmosphere. On the right side of the image, the man is staring out into a navy blue darkness.
A work titled Guardian portrays a woman gently gazing forward as vividly colored shapes appear to swirl inside her head.
Gorzegno’s interest in sacred art forms has inspired her to actively engage in the study of icon writing and Thangka painting with Master practitioners. Gorzegno studied painting at the New York Studio School and Yale University where she received her MFA. As an art professor, she teaches drawing and painting at The University of Southern Mississippi.
At The Bowery Gallery, 530 W. 25th St., through Jun. 14. The gallery is open Tues.—Sat. from 11 a.m.—6 p.m.