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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Christie Holechek

Apr

11

Written by Nicole Gaudier

Christie Holechek ‘s work Something Blew  will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

A statement from the artist:

“Christie Holechek reconstructs her most definitive moments in life as fragmented optical illusions of impossible beauty. On a single canvas, she paints an unstable debris field steeped in color as it violently erupts into a radial motion projecting out from its internal source. Its dense and dark matter releases shards of emotion into the painting’s conventional frame as fragmented lines and inventive shapes of light, but does not expand beyond the edges of the composition. On the surface, transparent and decaying structures resembling honeycomb, wasp nests and spider webs converge and collide to trap any fleeting memories trying to escape. Any remains are pushed back into the fissures and cracks already carved out from the past.”

Christie Holechek, Something Blew, 2013, from the film still Looking Glass, Mixed media on canvas

Christie Holechek, Something Blew, 2013, from the film still Looking Glass, Mixed media on canvas

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

 

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Morrison Pierce

Apr

08

Written by Nicole Gaudier

Morrison Pierce ‘s work Where Did Grandma Go? will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

Statement by Morrison Pierce:

“Artists shouldn’t make statements. Statements are for people with bank accounts.”

Morrison Pierce, Where Did Grandma Go? 2013, from the film still Why Pay More? Acrylic and ink on canvas

Morrison Pierce, Where Did Grandma Go? 2013, from the film still Why Pay More? Acrylic and ink on canvas

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Denise Liberi

Apr

04

Written by Nicole Gaudier

Denise Liberi‘s works  Bathers and Backstraps will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

Denise Liberi,  Backstraps, 2013, from the film stills Backstraps, Mixed media

Denise Liberi, Backstraps, 2013, from the film stills Backstraps, Mixed media

A Statement from the Artist:

“The two film stills I selected presented me with philosopher Roland Barthes’s concept of punctum, “that accident which pricks me (but also bruises me, is poignant to me).” I was visually intrigued by multiple elements – the simple compositions, the dated coloring, the presence of pools and bathing suits. Conceptually, I was drawn to the backward facing figures and the connection between the two images. Drawing from the original film stills, I allowed myself to add, subtract, and simplify to create my own narrative.

The resulting diorama structures describe everything, yet explain nothing. Their small size calls for intimate experiences, much like photographic objects themselves. The layered scenes have been deconstructed and reconstructed into a structure alluding to primitive theater. Backstraps and Bathers give homage to the mysterious power of the anonymous photograph to transcend time and place.”

Denise Liberi, Bathers, 2013, from the film stills Bathers, Mixed media

Denise Liberi, Bathers, 2013, from the film stills Bathers, Mixed media

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Jonathan Lux

Apr

01

Written by Nicole Gaudier

A statement from the artist:

“Choosing a favorite image (or images) for this exhibition seemed to take no time at all; however I had a rather difficult time adapting the content into something satisfactory. Then over the summer, while walking across the Battersea Bridge, I remembered R.B. Kitaj’s curious sketches, obsessing upon the tiny figure lurking under the Battersea Bridge, in Whistler’s painting of the same name. With that, I felt I had found the perfect register from which to engage the project. Game on.I settled on my favorite figure,(who’s oddly similar to the mystery man in Whistler’s picture) then set about to make the painting be about him, tinkering or deleting the elements of the reference photo that were no longer necessary.”

Jonathan Lux, The Return, 2013, from the film still The Dive, Oil on canvas

Jonathan Lux, The Return, 2013, from the film still The Dive, Oil on canvas

Jonathan Lux ‘s work  The Return  will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

 

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Madeleine Peck Wagner

Mar

28

Written by Nicole Gaudier

A Statement from the artist:

“When considering the parameters of a group project, the urge to be distinct, and at the same time conform to the anticipated group need collide. In my wider body of work, I am currently exploring the contradictions inherent in femininity. With this piece specifically, I am attempting to combine George Kubler’s notion of the copy and the point of invention through a faux memory that is self-referential, with imagery that is undergirded by cultural notions of female acceptability/desirability.

By using the image Posture 1 as a point of departure, I cast myself both in the role of the young girl, and as observer. I imagined how she might rather present herself, and then used her original pose as a referent to execute a more fashion-esque version. I chose to obscure the face to depersonalize the “memory” while aesthetically I attempted to marry newer methods of working within my (own) established lexicon.”

Madeleine Peck Wagner, Imagining Relativity {idealized deviation 1}, 2013, from the film still Posture 1, Pencil on paper with flashe, watercolor, and spray paint

Madeleine Peck Wagner, Imagining Relativity {idealized deviation 1}, 2013, from the film still Posture 1, Pencil on paper with flashe, watercolor, and spray paint

Madeleine Peck Wagner ‘s work Imagining Relativity {idealized deviation 1}   will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Chip Southworth

Mar

25

Written by Nicole Gaudier

Chip Southworth ‘s work   Rise of the Matriarch  will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

Statement by Chip Southworth:

“This is where the story blossoms…Final preparation prior to becoming one flesh, one unit, one family… Rise of the Matriarch! From her comes new life and the experiences that these lives will build together are Our Shared Past. I chose this image because it is so exciting, full of love and emotion… The beginning of a grand adventure! The piece that evolved for me is a monument to that moment and feeling. I have taken my heart to the panels and the brushstrokes are my experiences. The scale is daunting and massive to place the viewer in the moment. How grand she must have felt at that moment, invincible, lucky, loved, and ready for the world. The composition is almost religious. Exploration of the materials is pushed to a new level as the fabric that flows from the subject to the viewer is chaotic and powerful, yet still beautiful and (hopefully) infinitely interesting to the eye as they harken back to the moment of the Rise.”

Chip Southworth, Rise of the Matriarch, 2013, from the film still Split Screen, Mixed media (acrylic, graphite, ink and carbon on wood panels)

Chip Southworth, Rise of the Matriarch, 2013, from the film still Split Screen, Mixed media (acrylic, graphite, ink and carbon on wood panels)

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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