"Jarvis in Exile, Javanese Folk Art: Reverse Glass Painting" exhibit opening reception, 9/30/2010, BAC Gallery, North Adams
"Jarvis in Exile, Javanese Folk Art: Reverse Glass Painting" exhibit opening reception will be held Thursday September 30, 2010, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Berkshire Artists Colony Gallery, 107 Main Street, North Adams MA. Jarvis Rockwell has temporarily put his own art aside (until next month) and is pleased to have the chance to give others an opportunity to see his latest art collection - Javanese Folk Art: Reverse Glass Painting
This collection of reverse glass paintings of the 1930s and 1940s is from the island of Java. The themes are derived from Indonesian interpretations of Indian Hindu epics. These particular folk paintings have borrowed characters from the Mahabaharata that depict popular clown-servant figures who are comic yet philosophical and often represent the point of view of the average Javanese villager. With their strange exaggerated features they are portrayed in contemporary dress mixed with Javanese patterned attire often mingling with ordinary citizens in a variety of ordinary and sometimes humorous situations.