Wednesday, March 15, 2017

In Turbulent Times, Two Artists Explore the American Landscape

Liz Antle-O’Donnell and Alan Shulik at Kehler Liddell Gallery, March 23 – April 23, 2017

New Haven’s Kehler Liddell Gallery presents two unique bodies of work exploring American landscape and culture. Liz Antle-O’Donnell’s mixed media exhibit WALLS focuses on gated communities, drawing an analogy to what is happening in the country at large. Running simultaneously, ENIGMATIC CANYONS, an exhibit of Alan Shulik’s landscape photography, features canyons found in the southwest. Both shows will be on view from Thursday, March 23 through Sunday, April 23. The Opening Reception, part of Westville’s Second Saturday event For the Love of Art will be held on Saturday, April 8, 3-6pm, and features a lively Q & A with the artists, hosted by Semi Semi-Dikoko at 5pm.

Antle-O’Donnell explains the concept for WALLS – a mixed media exhibition featuring prints, collages, 3D installation and video – grew from a fascination with gated communities: “As an artist and lifetime city-dweller, it was hard for me to understand this desire to barricade oneself in conformity and box living.” Her varied research on the subject was the foundation for the exhibit, which asks the viewer to consider the larger implications of our fabricated communities, the epidemic of mass consumerism, and the “visible and invisible, blatant and subtle” walls that are everywhere in today’s society.

ENIGMATIC CANYONS, a collection of new work by Shulik, consists of color photographs created in the slot canyons of the southwest, as well as some images of Yellowstone and Bryce Canyon. These works were created with color digital technology, and reveal the enigmatic beauty of the slot canyons, and the visionary drama of western landscapes. Of this exhibit, Shulik says, “My most recent works have a painterly quality, much more reminiscent of a painted image than a traditional photograph.”

Shulik is a fine-art photographer who lives in Guilford, Connecticut. He likens his work to visual poetry, and to painting with the lens of the camera. His artistic work in recent years has moved into a more impressionistic and surreal realm, focusing on creating images that are evocative of dream-life, memory and wishes. Shulik uses digital imaging techniques to achieve some, but not all, of his final works. Shulik has exhibited in many solo and group exhibits in the U.S. as well as in France, and has won numerous awards and honors. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Connecticut Homes and Gardens, and Focus Magazine, among others. You can see more of his photography at www.alanshulikphotography.com

A New Haven native, Antle-O’Donnell has been an active member of the New Haven arts scene as a teacher, administrator, and artist for over a decade. Though primarily self-taught, she studied printmaking and studio arts at New York University (BA, English), Paier College of Art, and Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited from coast to coast, including such local venues as Kehler Liddell Gallery, Creative Arts Workshop, Artspace, and Seton Gallery, and is held in private collections in CT, NYC, LA and abroad. You can see more of her work at www.lizantle.com.

Programs and events made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program. For more information about all upcoming events, visit www.kehlerliddell.com, call 203.389.9555, or follow the Gallery’s Facebook page. Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Gallery hours are Thursday through Friday from 11:00am - 4:00pm: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. It is free and open to the public. 


IMAGES: The New American Dream, Liz Antle-O’Donnell, 15 linoleum prints, popsicle sticks, gold spray paint, 2’ x 3’, 2017. Narrows, Lower Antelope Canyon, Alan Shulik, archival digital photograph, 24x30” framed, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Reception, Artist Talk & Artist Demo at Kehler Liddell Gallery

Be sure to stop by Kehler Liddell Gallery during the weekend of March 11 and 12 for two interactive events with artists Edith Borax-Morrison & Frank Bruckmann

RECEPTION & ARTISTS TALK
March 11, 3-6pm
On Saturday, KLG will host a Reception for Monoliths and Magic by Edith Borax-Morrison, and Studio Still Lifes by Frank Bruckmann. Come see these two exciting exhibits, meet the artists, and enjoy refreshments and conversation during Westville’s Second Saturday events. At 5pm, both artists will be in-hand to talk about their work and process in a lively Q&A hosted by Semi Semi-Dikoko.

PAINTING DEMO
March 12, 12pm
On Sunday, join Frank Bruckmann for an artist demo and learn how the paintings from Studio Still Lifes evolved. Frank is an engaging painter and presenter, and this is a great opportunity to learn about the life and practice of an artist.

Monoliths and Magic and Studio Still Lifes will be on view at Kehler Liddell Gallery through Sunday, March 19. Together, the works of Borax-Morrison and Bruckmann bear witness to the daily workings of an artist: the mindset, the mechanics and the necessary materials to make art.

Programs and events made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor’s Community Arts Grants Program. For more information about the artists and upcoming events, visit www.kehlerliddell.com, call 203.389.9555, or follow the Gallery’s Facebook page. Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Gallery hours are Thursday through Friday from 11:00am - 4:00pm: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. It is free and open to the public.








Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines Igloo Takes the Cake.

Recently downtown it was spotted that there is an igloo.

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It's a fairly legitimate structure, of about 8 to nine feet in height. It was clearly built by students in their spare time, above Bass Library on the Cross Campus lawn in front of Sterling.

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Snow structures are not new to New Haven. There are a number of other happenings, particularly the structure known as "SnowBama" that appeared as far back as 2014. And the trend continues into this year, with new edifices constructed in town, such as "Snow Buddha" (another David Sepulveda creation)

Aside from this winter being warm, towards the beginning, we did get a fair amount of icy precipitation in the month of February. California has received record amounts of precipitation.