"near orbit: in state, on paper" is a focused yet freewheeling survey of recent works by artists based throughout Connecticut, slightly complicated by the inclusion of one historical work by William Kent, a Yale-trained musician but self-taught visual artist who worked in New Haven and Durham from the late 1940s till his death in 2012. The Kent work ("Leave The Moon Alone!", 1964, embossed print from carved slate) came two years after his discovery of Pop Art in New York galleries and an iteration of the print was included in the 1966 Whitney Annual. It serves as a talismanic presence in the exhibition and a leaping-off point to muse on the range of options of engagement with Art World currents available to artists within the daytrip radius, the transmission of ideas and influence, and notions of freedom and dispersion."
Curated by Eric Litke
Opening Saturday, March 30, 4 - 6 p.m.
1 North Main Street, Essex, CT 06426 USA
Studio Visit with Jaclyn Conley
Pick up the current issue of the Art New England magazine to read my studio visit with New Haven-based artist, Jaclyn Conley. In her ongoing series of paintings, All The President’s Children, Conley references the archived photographs of First Ladies and Presidents sourced from Presidential Library collections across the country.
Also in the March/April issue of the Art New England magazine is my preview of the exhibition, Blue Collar Ornament. Read it online here.
Mark Burns’ show is on view at the Joseloff Gallery in Hartford, CT through March 29, 2019.
This week I posted two new exhibition reviews on my blog, Connecticut Art Review:
Bun Keo is a Hartford-based conceptual artist. His show, silence like lasagna, forces viewers to think about commonplace items in new ways. On view through March 7, 2019.
Burke uses a unique process called solargraphy to forge connections with early experiments in the field of photography.
Leah Andelsmith from the Arts Paper visited our POD over the weekend and gave us a shoutout in the writeup for the weekend’s events. Here’s a link to learn more:
Come visit our POD this weekend in downtown Westville as part of City-Wide Open Studios! We’ll be there Saturday and Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
The student exhibition Spotlight opens this week at the Mitchell Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library system. Co-curated with Melanie Carr, the show includes works from students at the University of New Haven and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.
Saturday, October 13, 12-2 p.m.
Mitchell Branch Library, 37 Harrison Street, New Haven, CT 06515
The reception for my show at the Constance Lavino Bell Library Gallery will be September 28, 6-7 p.m.
There is also an exhibition of photographs by Dan Mead and Sally Eagle in an adjacent gallery on campus.
Ethel Walker School
230 Bushy Hill Rd, Simsbury, CT 06070
Below are some installation photos of my current exhibition Splice at the Constance Lavino Bell Gallery at the Ethel Walker School.
This show includes two related installations and several works on paper that repeat the double helix form. Together the works create a bridge between genetic engineering, textile traditions, and abstract art. Spreading across a corner, the installation appears viral and organic. Upon closer inspection, a viewer can see that the paper forms have been delicately woven together, mimicking the intricate perforations of lace. Textiles, like DNA, are often rooted in patterns. The connection between the two elements shows that our desires to see and create patterns originates in our genetic makeup.
The show is on view through November and there will be a public reception at the end of September.
I am excited to share that I will have a show at the Constance Lavino Bell Gallery this fall. More information coming soon!
If you're in Manchester, New Hampshire this Thursday, check out the opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for "Everything Happens So Much" at Kelley Stelling Contemporary.
Kelley Stelling Contemporary presents a juried group exhibition titled “Everything Happens So Much,” featuring works selected by Currier Museum of Art Curator Kurt Sundstrom, Ph.D. The show is on view through September 15, 2018
221 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH
hours: Wednesdays + Thursdays + Fridays 11 am - 5 pm and by appointment
Filter Bubble provides a visual metaphor for the meaning of work's title. The concept of the "filter bubble" refers to algorithms that reflect information back to a user based on previous searches and cached information. We are bombarded with information online, though this information is unwittingly biased by our specific experiences and preferences.
Listen to my interview on iTunes with the host, David Livingston, on his new podcast, First Stop Art, here .
In this episode we talk about a series of work I started in 2014 called Scrolls. We also discuss more recent works like the knots.
First Stop Art Website
Check out the images on the website for the podcast:
The First Stop
My colleague and friend, David Livingston, is the host of a brand new podcast featuring artists from around New Haven. The podcast is called The First Stop and I stopped by the recording studio at the University of New Haven to record an interview with David this morning.
Stay tuned for my interview and the official launch of the podcast on iTunes! Find The First Stop on Instagram here.
Last May I went to check out the show My Vicious Throbbing Heart: Animating Desire in Abstract Painting at Franklin Street Works in Stamford, Connecticut. The show was curated by Risa Pueo and features works by Anna Betbeze, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Keltie Ferris, Anne Cousineau, and more. My review of the show is in the current issue of Art New England magazine, page 79.
The show continues through September 9.
Two Coats of Paint
Sharon Butler visited the Washington Art Association a few weeks ago and today there's a post on her blog Two Coats of Paint. Read more here.
State of Abstraction will close next Saturday, June 16.
Artists include Cat Balco, Melanie Carr, Julia Coash, Kevin Daly, Deborah Dancy, Howard El-Yasin, Roxanne Faber Savage, Joseph Fucigna, Elizabeth Gourlay, Hong Hong, Blinn Jacobs, Zachary Keeting, Bob Knox, Connie Pfeiffer, Janet Lage, David Livingston, Ken Lovell, Olu Oguibe, Ryan Paxton, Tim Prentice, Suzan Shutan, Matthew Weber, and John Willis.
The Washington Art Association & Gallery
The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
Washington Depot, CT
This Friday I have several works on paper included in Folded: New Acquisitions to the Artspace Flatfile. More information is below and here.
Folded: New Acquisitions to the Artspace Flatfile
June 8-29, 2018
Friday, Jun 8 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Second Story Gallery and Workshop on 1144 Chapel St, New Haven, CT
Opening reception: Friday, June 8th from 5-7pm
Open gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday, 2-6pm
Artspace invites the viewer to consider the implications of the folded/unfolded as a way of making, a state of being, and a conceptual structure in this survey of works from new acquisitions to our flatfile collection.
Several of these artists embrace unfolding in their creative process, allowing outside forces of materiality and instinct to reveal next steps in their work. Reading “unfolding” in this sense, “folding” does not serve as its opposite. Instead, it sits parallel to it: the difference between giving up and giving in. Some of the subjects celebrated here reject this sense of folding by asserting their own agency—instead of letting their stories unfold they are actively writing their own.
How the human form folds physically is an essential component of our body language and is intertwined with our relationship to space. A power stance reads as such because it spreads the body wide; the protruding elbow-fold of a hand on a hip stakes a claim over the space being occupied. This ability of folding to materially alter a subject can also apply more abstractly to an artwork. Bending a form allows for simultaneous existence in multiple spaces, even blurring the line between the 2-D and 3-D. It can embed or enmesh once disparate forms, removing the space between them and rendering them inseparable.
Compositionally, folds in an artwork open up opportunities that aid the artist in conveying their message. Halving the visual field encourages direct comparisons and highlights juxtapositions. Contortions create compositions that have no beginning or end, inviting contemplation of the infinite. Layering builds complexity, emphasizing the multidimensionality of a subject or obfuscating it to slow down the viewer’s perception.
The principles of what can be achieved through folding structurally also apply to modes of thought: expectations and ideas can fold in on themselves, questioning and subverting what were once oversimplified notions.
Co-Curated with Daphne A. Deeds, State of Abstraction is now open! The exhibition will be on view through June 16 at the Washington Art Association and the Judy Black Memorial Space.
Washington Art Association & Gallery, 4 Bryan Memorial Plaza, Washington Depot, CT 06794
Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, 10 am - 2 pm
Featuring: Cat Balco, Melanie Carr, Julia Coash, Kevin Daly, Deborah Dancy, Howard El-Yasin, Roxanne Faber Savage, Joseph Fucigna, Elizabeth Gourlay, Hong Hong, Blinn Jacobs, Zachary Keeting, Bob Knox, Connie Pfeiffer, Janet Lage, David Livingston, Ken Lovell, Olu Oguibe, Ryan Paxton, Tim Prentice, Suzan Shutan, Matthew Weber, John Willis