EVENT FEATURE: “SAMESEX 2017”
This month we feature City Lights Gallery’s SameSex art exhibit and sponsoring organization, the Triangle Community Center.
In it’s 7th year, the annual exhibit explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2017. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate and exhibit expressions of pride and solidarity.
Schedule of Events:
5:30 to 7:30 Same Sex Exhibit & Reception- $10
7:30 to 8:30 PM Bridgeport Pride March – Free
8:30 to 11 PM Post Pride Party w/Music & Drinks – $20
City Lights Gallery, 265 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604
“I sense that the convictions and partnerships of the inclusive community that produces and supports this event have grown. We have also developed a roster of exhibiting artists who create and look forward to participating annually along with returning attendees.
Every year we look for a new focus. We are collaborating with our building neighbors, the New England Ballet Company and the Downtown Cabaret Theatre to organize a post-party event. Plans in progress for the variety show line-up include members of Les Ballets Eloelle an all male comedy ballet company and a Liberace tribute.” –Suzanne Kachmar, Executive Director of City Lights Gallery
ABOUT THE TRIANGLE COMMUNITY CENTER
Fairfield County’s LGBTQ Community Center
Triangle Community Center is Fairfield County’s leading provider of programming and resources to nurture growth and connection within the LGBTQ community.
TCC is the only organization focused exclusively on the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County. TCC has existed for 27 years and until 2013 operated without full-time staff. TCC offers programs, services and events that provide critical and in some cases life-saving resources and assistance to the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County. TCC offers a co-sponsored housing program that works directly with TCC’s case manager, provides emergency financial assistance to clients in need, and other direct services. TCC works closely with Mid-Fairfield AIDS Project and World Health Clinicians on HIV/AIDS related outreach, testing initiatives, and creating a more informed and healthy LGBTQ community.
TCC served over 200 case management clients in 2015 alone, after that program’s inauguration in January of that year. We also serve over 300 individuals who attend our programs and services on a weekly basis as well as over 2000 members of the Fairfield County community who attend a TCC program or event at least once a year. While our primary service area is Fairfield County, we often see people travel from Westchester, New Haven, and Litchfield counties to attend one of the programs we offer. TCC’s key target population is the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County, however we welcome all who seek our services and have many clients who do not identify as LGBTQ.
(From TCC Website)
Arts at Pride in the Park
Pride in the Park 2017 was a Fairfield County LGBTQ Pride festival and open to all. Pride in the Park is a family-friendly Pride festival that brings you internationally-known entertainers and local performers. This year, the event featured Trixie Mattel from RuPaul’s Drag Race, comedian Julie Goldman, and musician Crystal Waters for free and live performances!
Iyaba Ibo Mandingo of City Lights Gallery was a participant at Pride in the Park, 2017
Photo Credit: The Hour Newsroom.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH FEATURE: “WORKING LARGE”
CARLOS DAVILA & RICK SHAEFER
This month we have a themed Artist of the Month feature “Working Large”.
“Working Large” highlights the recent large-scale installations of two Nest Arts Factory artists: Carlos Davila and Rick Shaefer.
Davila’s Titanosaurus sculpture measures 12′ high, 16′ long, and 7′ wide, and it weighs approximately 480 lbs. It is on display in a public park in Suwanee, Georgia for a two-year exhibit called SculpTour, which opens May 20 this year and runs through April 2019.
Schafer’s drawing of the American Bison, an 8′ x 12′ triptych was purchased by the State Department for their Art in Embassies Program. It is now installed in the new embassy in Chad, Africa as a potent symbol of our American history. He hopes his work adds to the dialogue about saving endangered species.
Learn more about these artists below.
ABOUT THE SCULPTURE
I have installed a large-scale outdoor sculpture in a public park in Suwanee, Georgia for a two-year exhibit called SculpTour, which opens May 20 this year and runs through April 2019. My sculpture, Titanosaurus, is a stylized, abstracted, contemporary dinosaur. I chose the form of a dinosaur because it is ideal for a family-friendly, interactive sculpture. Kids (of all ages) are fascinated by dinosaurs. These creatures can represent speed, power, or the ability to fly, while offering a form of escapism as a child imagines that they can be and do anything. They allow for infinite imaginary adventures.
This sculpture is constructed of marine-grade plywood that can withstand harsh weather and extreme temperatures, and does not split, crack, or warp, and each component is attached with stainless steel hardware (nuts, bolts, screws, base plates, etc.)
The dimensions of the Titanosaurus sculpture are 12′ high, 16′ long, and 7′ wide, and it weighs approximately 480 lbs. It stands on a concrete pad 16″ long and 8″ wide, provided by the city of Suwanee.
I work on a large scale because public art often needs to be large, having something huge that people can interact with (walk under or through) enhances their experience of it. Large public art also enhances and complements the area in which it is installed, giving residents something beautiful to see and feel pride in, and helps a town or city solidify a reputation for supporting art and culture, both of which are vital to quality of life.
When I traveled to Georgia to install the Titanosaurus, I was delighted to see how dedicated the city of Suwanee was to making space for art and particularly public art in their city. It was a magical sight, sculptures all around their city hall, sculptures as part of their public performing arts space, sculptures in their shopping areas. How rich the experience of the people living and visiting there! It is my hope that locally in Bridgeport, the same can be achieved.
I like to challenge myself to push materials and forms to their limits, to bring a vision in my head to larger-than-life reality.
I usually start with a sketch, then create a detailed to-scale drawing, which then becomes a small model, or maquette, before finally advancing to constructing the actual components of a large work. There are many variables to be considered when creating a large scale work, especially one meant to be displayed outdoors – things like durability, public safety, potential future maintenance, strength of materials, and scale.
MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST
I am currently working on more large-scale sculptures in this series, some depicting abstracted creatures, and others in geometric forms. Last week I exhibited several wall sculptures in the Portal Art Fair in Soho, New York City and I have several other upcoming exhibits.
In my drawing practice I tend to always come back to the line work. I find what I respond to and admire in other artists’ work, past or present, is usually the integrity of the line – whether it’s a single stroke or a mass of scribble in the shadows. Before I began this current series of charcoal drawings I studied Rembrandt’s etchings and Durer’s woodcuts for several months admiring the choices made and the economy of line. When I finally started the first drawing it ended up being a life-size rendering of a fallen Oak near me and was 5′ x 19′ which forced me to break out of any formality or preciousness in the technique and become more fluid.
For me the scale of larger drawings compels a distinct approach to the process of the mark-making — more gestural, almost calligraphic. If the rhythm is there you find yourself writing your way across the surface as if capturing thought in a frenzied rush of note taking.
I prefer drawing flora and fauna as near to life size as I can to capture the immediacy of the subject for the viewer. The first animal I did was an Indian Rhino which grew out of a fascination with Durer’s woodcut of the same. That drawing, and the American Bison which followed, were each 8′ x 12′ triptychs.
To be confronted by the animal full size and close up, and in your immediate space, gives a fresh perspective to our relationship with them.
MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST
I hope it adds to the dialogue about saving endangered species. The Rhino went to Mexico City and the American Bison was just purchased by the State Department for their Art in Embassies Program. It is now installed in the new embassy in Chad, Africa as a potent symbol of our American history.
The Refugee Trilogy, my response to the ongoing refugee crisis, is traveling to several venues in 2017 – 2018 and I will have a solo show of landscapes and animal drawings at Sears Peyton Gallery in NYC in the Fall 2017.
APRIL 2017: ARTIST OF THE MONTH
IYABA IBO MANDINGO
I am a multi-disciplined Artist from the Griot tradition, my objective is to use the material be it paint, ink, “garbage” found objects, words, acting, singing to tell the story of us…
Can you tell me about about the show “Unframed” and your role in it?
I began writing unFRAMED 15 years ago. As a multi-disciplined artist , I use paint, poetry, song and acting to tell the journey of my life as a boy in the Caribbean to a manhood in America.
You recently did a performance piece Afrika360. Can you tell me about that?
Afrika 360 grew out of my journey to Afrika in 2015. A month in South Afrika and 4 months in Nigeria rewired me in more ways than I can identify sometimes. One of the main ways is in my aesthetic as an artist. The performance piece in Afrika grows out of the foundation of Afrikan rituals and ceremonies. There’s a depth that I’ve never seen in western theatre. One is taught in western theatre to never break the fourth wall. In Afrikan theatre there is no fourth wall. So, for me, Afrika 360 represents the full 360 degree return to my source to the place my bloodline was stolen from.
What was the experience like participating in the exhibit “How we see you”?
“How We See You: A Perspective of Black Women Through the Eyes of Black Men” was a celebration of the black woman. Not only my mother, my grandmother, my wife, my sisters, and my daughters, but also as the mother of creation itself, of all of us.
Do you have any shows or exhibits in the Bridgeport area currently?
We just wrapped up Obsidian Colored Glasses at the Read ArtSpace. The exhibit was a multi artist show celebrating black artists. We are currently preparing work for the open studios this weekend at the Nest Arts Factory.
Other events/exhibits you’d like to share about?
My one man play unFRAMED will be making its off-Broadway debut. We open on April 5, 2017 and will have weekly shows through Mother’s Day. For more information and tickets, go to www.unFRAMEDtheshow.com
How do you think you’ve changed as an artist since last featured in the BPT Art Trail Newsletter?
As I’ve said before, going to Afrika feels and felt like I’ve achieved something I had been trying to do
More about Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
How would you describe your artwork/style?
I would describe my work as Neo-African Art…it is the embracing or re-embracing of Africa the continent and the cultures as an aesthetic over European influences.
What medium do you work in?
all of the above…I use everything, allow the material to tell me what it wants to do…this is also true for applying color, housepaint w/ dirt, pastels n oil sticks, acrylics, makers n pencils all offer a different way to tell the story.
What is your process like?
It varies depending on the objective, but usually my senses are awakened by a particular thing, incident or moment…I then listen through which ever sense reacted most to hear how it wants to come and what it wants to say.
FEBRUARY 2017: ARTIST OF THE MONTH
OLIVIER J-P KPOGNON
Olivier J-P Kpognon is an international lifestyle photographer and founder of O & Co. Media Group, a full-service photography, film and design studio launched in 2003.
Born in Belgium of a French mother and a Beninese Father and raised in the Washington DC area, Olivier developed a keen appreciation for international travel, style, design and the arts. Since launching his company, he has traveled throughout the United States and around the world – using his talents and expertise to capture his clients’ most memorable moments.
He has a formidable reputation among both his peers and clients for his exceptional creativity, talent and professionalism. He is an active and longstanding member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) & Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Olivier’s work is regularly published in bridal magazines such as Destination I Do and World Bride Magazine. In 2012, Olivier was distinguished as the Entrepreneur of the Year from the Westchester and Greater Connecticut Chapter of the National Black MBA Association.
The company’s client list includes multinational corporations such as GE, Boehringer Ingelheim, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Diageo, UBS and Kraft Foods. Olivier is proud of his work and relationships with local small businesses in his community and teaches photography to high school students. He was the official photographer for Fred’s Team representing the internationally-renown Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; the second largest team in the annual New York City Marathon. His company also serves private clients providing services that include portraits, families, and special events such as weddings.
Olivier credits his success to his willingness to leave a 10-year corporate finance career in commercial banking to pursue his passion. His advice to all is; “know you can follow your passion, finding your passion is key: talent, alone, is not enough and, if you do what you’re passionate about, you will be more motivated to succeed.” One of is his favorite quotes is, “I love what I do and I do what I love.”
Q&A with Olivier J-P Kpognon
How would you describe your artwork/style?
My artwork/style is photojournalistic or documentary as shown in my latest photo exhibit “How We See You”
What medium do you work in?
I work in digital imagery
What is your process like?
My process is both spontaneous and calculated as I search for inspiration and potential subjects.
What inspires you?
Life inspires me. Anything can inspire me: people, places, colors and events.
Can you tell me more about leaving the Finance field and starting O &Co. Media Group. What was that process like? What motivated the shift?
I voluntarily left my corporate life to try my hand at a career in photography because it was my passion. When I discovered that others where making a living from it, particularly the photographer that I was sub-contracting for, I gave my resignation. I created a website of my work and advertised my company on a very popular wedding web portal site to get exposure. Additional personal reasons motivated the shift such as the influence of my mother who was an artist.
You have worked with many notable clients. Are there some projects that stand out to you that you’d like to share about?
I have worked with many clients in settings all around the world. Most notably Nicole Garwood of Garwood Events for the grand opening of the Temenos Golf Club. That opening was a weeklong event in the beautiful country of Anguilla with star-studded celebrities.
In your opinion, how is wedding photography different from regular photography?
Wedding photography differs in the sense that it combines many different types of photography into one event: product, portrait, landscape, flash and nighttime photography among others. Add to the fact that you are photographing a very emotional day with many people in a short amount of time, under changing lighting conditions with no room for errors.
How do you think you’ve changed or developed as an artist?
I shoot more from my heart and think less about the technical since I know what I’m doing. I have increased my level of confidence over the years which helps me to connect with my subject.
Can you tell me a bit about your work in the “How we see you” exhibition?
The “How We See You” exhibition is a collection of street images I took in Bamako, Mali portraying everyday women and life in this capital city.
Why were you interested in participating in this show?
I wanted to portray women of color in a positive light. I also wanted to highlight the beauty of daily scenes in Africa in my own way.
What are some topics you addressed in your artist talk?
I discussed what I believe is a women’s strengths, love, work and superior intellect and show how women are thriving in challenging contexts.
Any additional information or upcoming events you’d like to share?
I am planning several photography events this month in CT and currently working on funding a trip for a coffee table book called “54” showcasing life in the 54 African countries.
JANUARY 2017: ORGANIZATION OF THE MONTH
THE SCHELFHAUDT GALLERY
This month Gallery Director Peter Konsterlie shared about the Schelfhaudt Gallery, their upcoming exhibition,and talks with artists about their panel discussion during the 2016 Bridgeport Art Trail.
About the Schelfaudt Gallery
The ABC Gallery, which originally opened in 1968 at the Arnold Bernhard Center, has a terrific history of commitment to its local community and the Arts. The gallery has featured some of the most important artists in American art from Robert Motherwell to Red Grooms, Louise Nevelson, and Alice Neel. In October 2012, The University of Bridgeport changed the gallery’s name to the Schelfhaudt Gallery, in honor of Peter Schelfhaudt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the advertising firm Creative Partners. Mr. Schelfhaudt’s gift to UB supports the gallery, through exhibitions and visiting-artist programs, the Arnold Bernhard Center and to the great benefit of the University and the surrounding community. Artists provide unique insight into the human experience, reflect society, expose its humanity, and ideally lead and inspire. I am pleased to support the University’s commitment to resurrecting the vitality of the Arnold Bernhard Center so that students and the local community can enjoy and participate in the arts.
The Schelfhaudt Gallery is one of the largest and prestigious galleries of the Fairfield area, boasting of more than 3500 square feet of exhibition space. Based in the newly renovated Shintaro Akatsu School of Design on the University of Bridgeport Campus, it stands as a high watermark of creative thought and design. The gallery’s mission statement is to showcase mid-career and emerging professional artists for cultural and educational experiences. Located by the beautiful shoreline of Long Island Sound, it is an oasis for culture and the arts.
About the Reality of Abstraction exhibit and Panel Discussion
Abstract art has had a wide birth of creation. Hard-edged and painterly brush strokes permeate the gallery with colorful expression. The exhibition consists of paintings, and sculptures looking through the lenses of nonobjective imagery. The exhibition is a great sampling of what today’s contemporary artists are doing.
Curated by Peter Konsterlie.
Featured artists include: Cat Balco, Mike Childs, Rob Fischer, Chris Mercier, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, David Rich, Vincent Verrillo, Cecilia Whittaker-Doe, Becky Yazdan
Notes on the Reality of Abstraction Panel Discussion November 2016
Konsterlie: How much Do you identify with Abstract Expressionists?
Anne Sherwood Pundyk I have always identified strongly with the Abstract Expressionists, even when I was working figuratively. I admire their commitment to bringing an introspective mode and a formal radicalism to American painting. Clyfford Still’s work especially appeals to me now because of his spare pictorial language that relies on flat, irregular expanses of color. His work seems to refer to dry, western or even lunar landscapes, but also evokes the realm of sensation and skin. I just reviewed the recent landmark Abstract Expressionist exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. Here is a link to my review: http://www.artcritical.com/2016/11/05/anne-sherwood-pundyk-on-abstract-expressionism/
David Rich About 29%. (joke) When I was in high school, a major show of Willem de Kooning made a big impact on me for the combination of improvisation and cohesiveness. I also loved Philip Guston, both for the density of his work, and later for his impatience with how abstract expressionism had settled into a too-predictable genre. Remember that by the 1950’s there was a lot of very derivative and mannered abstract expressionist painting. The movement carries a lot of historical baggage, including assumptions about universals, of which many of us today are skeptical.
Cecilia Whittaker-Doe I identify with the gesture of their work; that meaning and energy can be encompassed in the gesture of a brushstroke. I think it’s a generous way to communicate through paint in that it requires the artist to believe that the action of their efforts will carry their knowledge and experience. In my own work I use various technique and feel that I can draw upon the findings of others before me. I love being an image maker first and foremost, and believe the image is arrived at both physically on the paintings surface, and visually for the viewer.
Cat Balco hindered by the bravado of Ab. Ex. William deKooning,
Vincent Verrillo I like the Ab. Ex. Emotional impact.
Becky Yazdan There is something incredibly seductive about Abstract Expressionism. The emotion, the materials, the grand scale… The stories of de Kooning, Pollock and Rothko hanging out at Cedar Tavern haunted me while I was studying at the New York Studio School on 8th St. Ultimately, though I think some of them took themselves too seriously and the massive scale was so tied up in machismo which was a turn-off.
Konsterlie: Who are your influences?
Anne Sherwood Pundyk I love the work of the post-impressionist painter Edouard Manet for both the magic of his paint handling and the way he challenged narrative conventions. Modern and contemporary painters I admire include Matisse, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler and Alan Shields, but also the color and light installations of James Turrell, the activist work of Suzanne Lacy and modern dancers such as Merce Cunningham. The work that I’m doing now brings together the essence of my interest in traditional painting with movement, dance and gesture. I am not making a window into another space the way a painting typically works, but bringing the space in my work out to envelop my audience. I want them to be the subject of my paintings.
David Rich Elizabeth Murray, Philip Guston, Amy Sillman, Thomas Nozkowski, and others who don’t necessarily look like each other, but who bring a restless inquiry to finding what the next painting needs to be.
Cecilia Whittaker-Doe I have influences of course from art history –Burchfield, Bourgeios, O’Keeffe, Degas, El Greco, Chagall, Emile Nolde and his contemporaries. I also have worked with a few artists who had a great impact on me. In the late 80’s, working at Tallix Art Foundry, I had the opportunity to work along side Nance Graves. She was building tree – like forms by welding all kinds of cast objects together – fans, exotic looking vegetables and fruits she found in New York City’s China Town. I assisted her in applying patina onto the finished sculptures. I also worked on a Bill Tucker sculpture, one of the large cast bronze rock – like forms. I liked the way both artists combined aspects of our human form and our natural environment in their work, and in very different ways from each other.
Cat Balco “My influences change all the time, Judy Ledgerwood, Gary Stephan, Stephanie Mann,
Vincent Verrillo El Greco was an influence. Purple and blacks, Hans Hoffman, Jackson Pollock,
Becky Yazdan Alice Neel, Matisse (turtle painting), Gustave Courbet’s Burial at Ornans), Philip Guston’s late work, Nozcowski, Forest Bess
Konsterlie: What do you think about Terry Winters, Bill Jensen, and Joanne Greenbaum’s work?
David Rich: I’ve enjoyed quality time with works by all three. One thing that often strikes me about Terry Winters is that a painting might have a seemingly-simple first read, perhaps two or three main color chords, and after a while the presence of a small amount of a fourth or fifth tone, one that wouldn’t seem to fit, influences the tonality of the whole painting, giving it a slightly dissonant buzz.
Becky Yazdan I studied with Bill Jensen in grad school and he was very influential on my work. He taught me about “getting out of the painting’s way” and allowing the content to emerge rather than forcing your will on the painting. He helped me see that painting is not about fixing things.
Konsterlie: Who are the important abstract painters working today?
David Rich I’m interested in Mark Bradford, and agree that Jackie Saccoccio and Gary Stephan are also relevant.
Cecilia Whittaker-Doe I like Jackie Saccoccio’s work. She seems to be able to be very free with the paint and also go back into the paintings without losing the immediacy in the work. “Abstract” is difficult to define when talking about artists. I think it’s really fluid. Louise Fishman, Margaret Evangeline, Merlin James (encompassing a very “fluid” definition of “abstract”) and Charline von Heyl.
Becky Yazdan Nozkowksi, Amy Sillman, Jonathan Lasker, Bill Jensen, Chris Martin
Anne Sherwood Pundyk I am especially taken right now with Katherina Grosse is an important German contemporary painter who creates painting installations and works on different supports, including abandoned houses and piles of dirt. What comes through is her excitement about color and movement. There is an almost disposable feel to her works, but they are grounded in an appreciation of modern painting.
Konsterlie: Does “collage” play a role in development in your composition.
David Rich: Yes, even though none of my paintings in this show involve collage. But the sense of painting incorporating rude interruptions of other materials and everyday life has always been important to me.
Konsterlie: Do you feel the viewer should be able to know what your painting is about?
Anne Sherwood Pundyk Yes. All the decisions I make while creating a painting such as size, materials, combinations of colors, placement of the spills and geometric formations, generate elements that my audience can read while standing in front of my painting. The experience of absorbing all the elements together, as well as other associations they may bring to the work becomes what the painting is “about.”
David Rich For me painting needs to be compelling, like it demands to be read. I don’t mean in a literal way. But there is something confrontational about it, which puts the viewer on the spot. And as the viewer becomes engaged with seeing the painting, the painting takes on something of a train of thought, or time, compressed into a visual object. Abstract painting doesn’t have to be for everybody, but on the other hand, it can be for anybody.
Cecilia Whittaker-Doe About 6 years ago I thought of collage as a way of making my compositions in painting. Not to make collages separately, but to start applying the paint in a way that disregarded the linear sense of the composition and instead used the disjointed appearance of collage. Collage works for me when it has this disjointed appearance but at the same time combines lines and imagery to make a whole. This is how I wanted to paint.
Cat Balco Susan Sontag,
Vincent Verrillo modern poetry,
Becky Yazdan The viewer does not need to know what the painting is about, although they need to be able to relate to it in some way. The titles of my paintings offer clues to the content but I am not interested in spelling anything out – I like for them to remain open enough that the viewer can bring in their own associations. My work deals with specific personal experiences and memories and my hope is that by dealing with the particular, the paintings will be accessible to a broader audience through a sense of shared human experience.
Konsterlie: Do you start with something in mind when you start a painting? (Automatic marks)?
Anne Sherwood Pundyk I find that the first freeform spills, blot or pours that I make when starting a painting each release a specific kind of energy that becomes part of the work. I will opt to begin on a certain size of canvas or paper and use a color that resonates with me and I even may have an idea of a shape for the paint, but the experience of comparing my intention with the reality of the execution is an important first reckoning.
David Rich For me a painting starts with an idea, a situation, or a conflict and then goes through a restless process of reworking, editing and improvisation. The process is like ‘destination unknown’. Weirdly, though, the painting often ends up pretty consistent with the initial intent.
Cecilia Whittaker-Doe For some reason the natural landscape resonates with me. It connects for me not only with our psychological and physical existence within it, but with the visual connections I find between our bodies and the forms within it This is where I begin. I start with either a watercolor gestural painting on the surface or a silkscreened image I’ve prepared. From there I react to what is in front of me and I try to respond to the imagery that is conjured through this process.
Cat Balco “take care of your affections.”
Becky Yazdan My paintings often start with a color idea or a shape I noticed on the walk to the studio – anything to get me started. I don’t know what the end result will be until the painting has asserted itself and the meaning has become (more or less) clear. The goal is for the painting to become its own self, its own idea.
Konsterlie: How do you choose your palette?
Anne Sherwood Pundyk There is both specificity and an improvisational quality to my color combinations. Each color carries associations for me of emotions, place, time or experiences. As I layer and combine different colors, I am melding these associations creating a new personal reality.
David Rich My sense of light constructed from color comes from when I was working from observation. Late afternoon and early evening light often inform my work. It is this relational sense of color, more than symbolism, that shapes the way I work with color intervals.
Cecilia Whittaker-Doe “No formula for coloring palette.
Vincent Verrillo “mood or feeling”
Konsterlie: What is the task of “painting” for society?
Anne Sherwood Pundyk Society encourages us almost relentlessly to conform to the views of others, and not to think and feel for ourselves. Painting connects to the value and power of recognizing the individual point of view.
David Rich Instead of being an escape from the world, painting can be a way more deeply into our lived experience. That’s why I like your title for this show, Reality of Abstraction. It suggests that we are not just in our own little subjective bubbles, but rather are engaged in the world, and each other, in an inter-subjective way.
Cecilia Whittaker-Doe it’s like poetry
Cat Balco Mondrian, Theosophical Society- Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Hilma af Klint (October 26, 1862 – October 21, 1944) was a Sweden artist and mystic whose paintings were amongst the first abstract art. A considerable body of her abstract work predates the first purely abstract compositions by Kandinsky. She belonged to a group called “The Five” (a circle of women who shared her belief in the importance of trying to make contact with the so-called ‘high masters’ – often by way of séances) and her paintings, which sometimes resembled diagrams, were a visual representation of complex spiritual ideas.
ABOUT THE UPCOMING EXHIBITION “SELFIE”
Open Call to Artists: “Selfie” an exhibition of self-portraits
The Schelfhaudt Gallery has a special opportunity for artists to express themselves…literally! We are assembling a show of self-portraits.
During her lifetime, Frida Kahlo created some 200 paintings, 55 of which are self-portraits. When asked why she painted so many self-portraits, Frida replied:”Because I am so often alone…because I am the subject I know best.”
Pablo Picasso posed the question, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?
If you would like to participate, please email a self-portrait, along with a brief bio, to:firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBMISSION DETAILS: http://www.schelfhaudtgallery.com/press-release-open-call-to-artists/
Q. I see that all mediums are accepted except photography. Why is that?
A. Because the premise of the show is a sample of the self-portrait tradition and not a trending version brought on by a technical advancement of the phone/camera.
Please join us on Friday Feb. 10th from 5:00-7:30pm for a wine and cheese and music reception to celebrate the show! Please tell family, friends, and guests are welcome!
Free to attend but kindly RSVP.
The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through April 8th.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m.
Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) on the University of Bridgeport campus is located in the Arnold Bernhard Center (ABC), 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604.
Off street parking is available.
Reality of Abstraction Artists
Cat Balco http://catbalco.com/home.html
Mike Childs http://www.mikechilds.net
Rob Fischer http://Rob-Fischer.com
Anne Sherwood Pundyk annepundyk.com
David Rich http://www.davidrich.net
Cecilia Whittaker-Doe https://ceciliawhittaker-doe.com/gallery/
Becky Yazdan Http://beckyyazdan.com
Gallery website: http://www.schelfhaudtgallery.com/reality-of-abstraction/