Wednesday, August 22, 2018

WITHIN THESE WALLS: A Sculptural Installation at New Haven’s City Gallery



City Gallery invites you to experience WITHIN THESE WALLS, a sculptural installation by artists Meg Bloom and Howard el Yasin on view from September 6 - September 30, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, September 8, 2-5pm at 994 State Street in New Haven.

We began with thinking about the ‘wall’ as a contemporary ideological construct, but this project has become an extended meditation on walls as boundaries, structures, barriers, surfaces, and globalization to name a few,” explains Bloom. “The reclaimed materials, for example, call attention to our complicity with cultural production and environmental waste.”

For Bloom, finding beauty in the imperfect, acknowledging moments of change, and engaging with the process of transformation often form the basis of her work. “Although primarily a sculptor, I also work in a variety of media, both 2 and 3D,” she explains. ‘I may start with pulp to produce large handmade paper sculptures, or raw Kozo fibers which I cook and peel, then reassemble, or layers of silk and wax and papers which I transform.” Her art often references nature and issues around imperfection and impermanence, including both deterioration and regeneration. “I am committed to trying to integrate social, political and environmental concerns into my work,” she says of her more recent work, including what you’ll see during WITHIN THESE WALLS.

Her partner in this show is interdisciplinary artist Howard el-Yasin, a collector of mundane, and sometimes abject, fragments of human and industrial detritus for their materiality. His intellectual interests include marginality and systems of value, to everydayness and residue. His work is in private collections and has been exhibited nationally. el-Yasin holds an M.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art and has attended residencies at Anderson Ranch and Vermont Studio Center. “My art practice investigates everyday perceptions, and the materiality of ’things’ as signs pointing to multiplicities of meaning, including social values that may reference marginalization,” el-Yasin explains. “My methodology interweaves process, spatial awareness, and collecting fragments of ubiquitous materials, which are remnants of cultural production.”

Gallery visitors are invited to engage in conversation with the artists’ work as they move between the unique, creative spaces of WITHIN THESE WALLS. The show and opening reception are free and open to the public. City Gallery is located at 994 State Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Gallery hours are Thursday - Sunday, 12 noon - 4pm. For further information please contact City Gallery, info@city-gallery.org, www.city-gallery.org.


Friday, June 15, 2018

CITY PAPER: City Gallery’s Headline Exhibit for July



Featuring Artists William Frucht, Mary Lesser, and Michael Zack


Extra! Extra! Don't miss City Gallery’s latest exhibit, CITY PAPER featuring artists William Frucht, Mary Lesser, and Michael Zack, on view from Thursday, June 28 - Sunday, July 29. There will be an Opening Reception on Thursday, July 12 from 5-7pm, and an Artists’ Talk on July 29 at 2pm.

With a focus on medium, CITY PAPER presents three diverse artists working primarily on paper, each with their own interpretations of time and place.

William Frucht’s haunting photography explores the heartless beauty of decay and the edges of civilization. There, he explains, “time stops, wind stops, there is no sound, even the dust stops falling. What you feel is different too: no happiness but an ecstatic sense of order, no sadness but a restless, willful movement toward one knows not what. All is forgotten, there is no world, only a former world.”  

In similar dreamlike environments, artist Mary Lesser explores the dissonance between joy and excitement, angst and loneliness. In her distinct paintings — intentionally na├»ve with tertiary hues of pinks, yellows, olive greens, grays and reds — she considers issues of gun violence, war, environmental destruction, urban pollution, and solitude while simultaneously portraying the humor, ridiculousness, and child-like beauty of human existence.

One can imagine that the silhouetted figures created by print maker Michael Zack must surely inhabit the same worlds imagined by Frucht and Lesser. Shorn of distinguishing facial features and clothing detail, his figures become anyone and everyone, yet they are uniquely individual and somewhat mysterious. Taken out of context and rearranged into a panorama that has a narrative all its own, the figures naturally relate to each other and the space in which they are placed, supported by a vibrant, subtle and nuanced range of colors.

The CITY PAPER exhibit and events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. City Gallery is located at 994 State Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Gallery hours are Thursday - Sunday, 12 noon - 4pm. For further information please contact City Gallery, info@city-gallery.org, www.city-gallery.org.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Roy Money and John David Scully at Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library


June Art Exhibit Features Roy Money and John David Scully
Photographs and Etching on display at Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library

With the overriding themes of travel, observation, and nature, artists Roy Money and John David Scully present a sublime collection of photographs and etchings at the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library. On view from June 3 through June 26, the show kicks off with an Opening Reception on Sunday, June 3 from 4pm - 6pm.

Roots and Moss, Roy Money, archival digital photograph, 12” x 18”, 2017

As photographer Roy Money explains, there is a proliferation of order and mystery in the natural world that displays itself as beauty and wonder to many human beings. However, we still struggle with an estrangement from nature, as if it is something irrevocably separate from and subordinate to us. This deep-seated attitude is central to our history and threatens our collective future with increasing disorder and suffering. “I usually identify myself as a nature photographer because that is the simplest way to describe what I do,” says Money. “But nature is in us, as well as vice-versa. Photography affords a way of exploring my awareness of that relationship and realizing its scope.

The natural landscape is a typical subject matter for Money because of “the many possibilities to enjoy a domain of sensible richness and the opportunity to immerse myself in an acute awareness of what is before me.”

Las Trampas Church, John David Scully, copper plate etching, 7-3/4” x 4-3/4”, 2015

That acute awareness is equally present in the work of
John David Scully, who presents both landscapes and intricate portraits of buildings. “I strive to recreate the solitude and stillness of place, of the evening and the dawn.” Scully’s inspirations and subjects are vast yet familiar: the panorama of a lake and its framing mountains under the ever-changing sky; clouds, rain storms, thunder and lightning moving across a horizon; the desert of the southwest with its adobe churches; the rocky valleys and mountains of Greece and its temples; Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Ireland; the Yellow Mountains of China with mountain peaks rising out of the clouds or fading into the mists.

Scully’s wide-ranging subject matter was inspired from an early age. He traveled extensively with this art historian father. It was through those experiences that he learned to appreciate art and was inspired to focus on drawing and watercolors. Over the years, he took classes at Creative Arts Workshop and found his way to print-making, etching, sugar lift and aqua tint. Scully is also an avid collector of African American quilts. You can view more of his pursuits and work at www.johndavidscullyart.com.

Money’s artistic background is equally diverse. He received an MFA in photography from the University of Delaware and was a photography teacher for several years. During a dormant photographic period, poetry and meditation served to sustain his connection with creative awareness. While he had long pursued an interest in Asian culture, a trip to visit his son in China made its cultural sensibilities of the natural world much more vivid. This travel experience revived memories of wonder in the woods of his childhood and he reclaimed his photography practice with new inspiration and resolve. Roy’s photographs are drawn principally from the New England landscape, especially Connecticut and New Hampshire, and from travel to the southwestern U.S.A. as well as abroad. Roy’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in CT, as well as in DE, NY, VT, Chicago, Atlanta, and Nashville. He is a member of the Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven. You can see a portfolio of his work at www.roymoney.com.

Money and Scully’s exhibit is free and open to the public. The Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library is located at 146 Thimble Island Road, Stony Creek Village, in Branford, CT, www.wwml.org. Hours: Mon-Thu, 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat, 10am-5pm.