Thursday, September 25, 2014

September Wrap Up

September has been filled with art exhibits and will end with the DUMBO arts festival this weekend. 
One of the best exhibits that I saw was at the  Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery located on the campus of College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. The exhibit was entitled Compile and Composed: Sculptural Formations. 

The first piece that caught my eye in this extremely well light and bright space was Molly Heron's Petri Towers, 2012. This is structure composed of 13 six-foot tall tower of petri dishes coated with latex paint. 

I  appreciated the artist's sensibility to combine science plastics as entry point into reimagining a new use for plastics. These towers had an anthropomorphic quality to them that created a sense of community. 

The artist's second piece in the show, entitled iPodium,  was iPhone and iPod cases on a wooden table with salvaged wood beneath it.  The colors were great and the organizational grid was brilliant. Notice how Heron doesn't complete coat the cases so that you can still hints of the cases former life. This partial painting of the plastic was a subtle reminder of how much waste in generated by consummation

Next was a stretched and woven fabric piece by Katie Truk called Morning Dew. Can you believe that these are panty hoses? I liked the fact that these were panty hoses - so refreshing to see the material stretched over something and torn. The play of positive and negative spaces within a form reminded of Lee Bontecou's work. 

Another work of Truk's, Three Ring Circus, is shown below; the work's position in the gallery was very clever. I was able to see the full side view of the work as I turned the corner. That was a pleasant surprise. 

Texture attracts my attention and there was a lot of high quality works that engaged my sensibilities when it came to surface textures.

Livio Saganic's Flashover, made of enamel on wire cloth:

Jon Tsoi, Blindfold Art Medicine 2210, mixed media. The Director and Curator, Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D., explained the process of this piece. He creates it blindfolded! This piece was rich and thick and very animated. This is a detail of the work. 

Paul Genader, Been so Long, is made of oil paint on canvas, but really has the sense that the material is both concrete and light weight folded paper. 

If you are New Hope this weekend - please check out, The New Hope Arts Center's September exhibit. This is the last weekend for the  exhibit;  Gallery Hours: Friday & Saturday 12 - 5 pm

Sunday noon - 4 pm; on Sunday there is an informal closing reception at 2 pm.

There was a smashing write up of the exhibit "Big Apple Polish" for our 2nd Juried Members' Exhibition  - you can read the review here
Some of my favorite pieces are:
Roy Reinard's Canal Light painting

Tom Martin's Fish sculpture

Stephanie Lisle's Talking Shit in NYC photo

Robert Noonan's Littoral Zone painting

In addition to exhibits, I was able to hear a panel discussion on Sharon Louden's book  Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists with some friends at the Grounds for Sculpture. The  panel was with David Humphrey,  Paul Henry Ramirez, and Austin Thomas and they will discussed sustaining creativity and the question,“How Do Working Artists Live?”. It was a great night and put the idea of artist community into perspective for me. 

left to right: Sharon Louden, Kristen Osgood Lamelas, Paul Henry Ramierz, me and seated is Austin Thomas

Next blog will cover two Super Storm Sandy exhibits, residencies and a few more local events!

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