Josie Merck: Paintings of the Highline

 Josie Merck, “Weeds On Rails,” 2009, oil on canvas, 30×30″
Josie Merck, “Railside,” 2009, 11×12, mono print

In her solo show at Atlantic Gallery, Josie Merck continues to explore nature with a closer look at suburban, urban, and intimate landscapes. The new work is inspired by the scruffy landscape design of the recently-opened Highline park in Chelsea. “The newly designed ‘garden’ of the elevated park mimic the plants that chose to thrive there over the years of the railroad’s abandonment,” Merck writes. “Grasses, seed-heads, and ebbing blooms, along the old rails and ties are some of the references found in my new paintings.” This year Merck’s husband  Jim Stevenson gave her a video camera. Check out this video she created about her process:

Josie Merck: Weeds, Rocks, and Rails,” Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY. Through February 27.

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