Wandering Players: Delphine Hennelly @ pt.2 Gallery, Oakland
There is a familiarity with the works of Delphine Hennelly. Her use of patterns, repetition, historical-looking figures are all eloquent in their conversations with the viewer, but there always seems to be something under the surface that, although not sinister, is unknowing. And as you see her works grow and begin to tell a story, or as she notes, "There are rocks, struggles and impediments, but there are also discoveries and joys, sun and shade, and moments of respite," the works begin to take a shape of discovery.
From October 12—November 1, 2019, pt. 2 is excited to present Wandering Players a solo exhibition by Delphine Hennelly on view in Downtown Oakland. The exhibition will feature a new series of paintings by the New York-based artist.
When asked about the title of her new show, Delphine said, "Wandering Players takes its title from the name given to actors of the Elizabethan period in England; Strolling Players. The figures in my paintings take on the role of actors playing archetypes in their ubiquitous banality. Slightly costumed, meandering a stage set in a bucolic landscape, an abstraction of the pastoral, the Idyllic. Anachronistic, their journeys remain random. The old dictum about the point is not the end of something, nor the arrival, but how you get there. At the outset of any journey, one does not often know where it will take you and what you will encounter. Unexpected things happen, you go up blind alleys or you get lost, but you always bring something back that you can latch onto for the next foray. There are rocks, struggles and impediments, but there are also discoveries and joys, sun and shade, and moments of respite."
Wandering Players opens at Oakland's pt. 2 Gallery this Saturday, October 12th, with an opening reception from noon to 10 pm and an artist talk at 4 pm, and is on view through November 1, 2019.