Cynthia Hurleyís 2001 exhibition at Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Attentive Waiting, focused on desert landscape paintings. The desert is a place of search, silence, and contemplation. In April of 2000, Hurley spent a month in Joshua Tree National Park as the resident artist. Staying in a remote cabin alone was a seminal experience. Rather than accurate portrayals of the landscape, the paintings are records of what the desert evokes.

In Wetness, Dryness, Hurley amplifies her interest in the dry desert landscape and the wet world of ponds to more metaphor imagery. Exploring the vernal pools is an ephemeral magical part of the Spring in the Central Valley. The cycle of wet/dry in nature, in our daily routines, and in our emotional or psychological lives becomes the content of her beautifully executed paintings on panel.

   
Pond (detail), Copyright 2003, What to See in 2003 -- Click to Expand...
Pond (detail)
Oil on Panel, 2003
48" x 78"
The Wash, Copyright 2003, What to See in 2003 -- Click to Expand...
The Wash
Oil on 3 Panels, 2003
12" x 48", 48" x 48" & 12" x 48"
   
Wail, Wall, Wash, Copyright 2004, What to See in 2003 -- Click to Expand...
Wail, Wall, Wash
Oil on Panel, 2004
48" x 48"
The Dew, Copyright 2004, What to See in 2003 -- Click to Expand...
The Dew
Oil on Panel, 2004
48" x 48"
 
Wetness, Dryness #1, Copyright 2003, What to See in 2003 -- Click to Expand...
Wetness, Dryness #1
Oil on 5 Panels, 2003
48" x 12", 48" x 24", 48" x 48", 48" x 24", 48" x 12"
 
Wetness, Dryness #2, Copyright 2003, What to See in 2003 -- Click to Expand...
Wetness, Dryness #2
Oil on 2 Panels, 2003
18" x 70", 18" x 70"
 
Tideness, Copyright 2004, What to See in 2003 -- Click to Expand...
Tideness
Oil on Panel, 2004
41" x 70"
     
Pond Series #1, Copyright 2002, What to See in 2003 -- Click to Expand...
Pond Series #1
Oil on Paper, 2002
5" x 5"
Pond Series #2, Copyright 2002, What to See in 2003 -- Click to Expand...
Pond Series #2
Oil on Paper, 2002
5" x 5"
Pond Series #3, Copyright 2002, What to See in 2003 -- Click to Expand...
Pond Series #3
Oil on Paper, 2002
5" x 5"