"Van Nes approaches the content of her paintings almost as a novelist, building characters and narratives. Painting only from her imagination - never found images, models or other visual references - her work nonetheless betrays other sources, often literary. "I don't look at references of what I'm depicting. I want to always get at what only I know of something."
A voracious reader of novels, Van Nes is often inspired by nineteenth and early twentieth century literature's frequent humanist concerns. At the same time, her fascination with the small mysteries of everyday life is conveyed in the visual representation of people interacting with nature, each other and their own thoughts."
Whitney Van Nes, Kings Highway
Larissa Goldston Gallery
530 West 25th Street, 3rd floor
Jan 6 - Feb 10, 2007
Opening: Sat, Jan 6, 6PM - 8PM