Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Requiem @ 1305



image from: "Missing Figures," 2008

Opening Final Friday, October 31st, with a catered reception that evening from 6-11, is "Requiem," new work by Christopher Hoeting. The exhibition continues through November 22nd, with regular gallery hours from 11-3, Tuesday- Saturday.

Christopher Hoeting is a local artist working out of a studio in Brighton, in the west end of OTR. His recent work focuses on themes of loss, death, emptiness, and removal. His work is brilliantly executed through the use of negative and positive acrylic and resin transfers of imagery related to these themes, which are often very personal.
Through his process we sometimes get a negative, clean-but dissolved image that shows us a distorted scene from the past. Colors and figures are blurred and altered. Images overlap and often disappear on the surface. The positive transfers lay within heavy layers of acrylic and/or resin. The thick, almost skin-like masks that the dried layers leave are then mounted on canvas or panels. Hoeting often allows these think but translucent materials to be mounted in ways that allow light to pass through, revealing the density and complexity of the media and imagery. Some of the work derives directly from the actual pieces of material used, which the artist builds and layers in abstract and, relative to the majority of his work, simple sculptural paintings.
These different applications allow the viewer deeper insight into both Hoeting's process and the content of his work. The result is an entrancing mixture of recollections, dissections, and loose or lost feelings. The work is emotionally and materially captivating, a requiem, a song for something past that is very well tuned for this exhibition.

Please join us on Final Friday October 31st for a chance to meet the artist and see his work first! There will be plenty of autumnal treats and costumes are welcome!

The current exhibition, "Inherent," ends this Saturday, so if you haven't made it down yet you still have a few days!

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Exhibition Opening: Drawn Objectives








Tuesday Night was the grand opening of the gallery and the opening of the drawn objectives exhibition. It was a great night with a really good turn out. Thanks to all who attended and especially to the exhibiting artists Adrian Lawson (Running), Polia Giannoulidis (Is this happiness?), Andrea Williams (Bust, Boobs, Bosom, Breasts) and Elliott Hughes (Darkside). The night was also a good opportunity to show the gallery to those who hadn't seen it and to inspire a little interest in some who might be interested in hiring it for a solo or small group show.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Michelle Kaskovich

Michelle Kaskovich was educated at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Aberdeen University, Scotland. After receiving her B.A. in Literature in 1995, she served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Russian Far East.

A published poet, she then served as editor of a community newspaper in San Diego, California until the birth of her first child in 2002. Michelle currently lives in Hawaii with her husband and three children.

"To date my work in the visual arts has been centered on found objects, things I have unearthed in junk shops, photography and memorabilia I have rescued from second hand shops. Throughout all my travels I have found, to my dismay, that people tend to discard object memory. My inspiration has always been an intent to preserve these images and objects through poetry and visual art."






More Kaskovich Sculpture

Wilbur H. Porterfield 1873 -1958 - Buffalo, New York

Main Street and Rand Building

Associated with the Photo-Pictorialists of Buffalo, Porterfield was well know for his depictions of nature which were described as "studies of tone values, atmospheres, masses and the various elements of composition." His work has been exhibited internationally and with Buffalo's Courier Express. Porterfield was a leading art photographer for many years; his works were published in the Annual of the Pictorialist Photographers of America in 1920 and 1922.

Below are 8"x10" photographs - left to right:
Lofty Towers, Buffalo River; Liberty Bank Building as seen from City Hall, now County Hall; A Quiet Day in Blackwell Canal; Bonney's Concert Hall; Main Street, Gowanda, NY; Awaiting Orders, Harbor Tugs at the Station, Blackwell Canal.




Larry McDonald

Larry McDonald is a transplant to North Carolina from New England and lived in the midst of the "downeast" maritime community depicted in his photographs. He brings over thirty years of photographic experience to his subject matter, having been a photographer with the US Air Force and a staff photographer with a New England daily newspaper. Larry has been published in numerous books and magazines and has received many awards for his work.


Eileen Williams

Williams' photographs capture the magical beauty of the natural environment so prevalent in Swansboro and Emerald Isle. They evoke the mood and spirit of coastal Carolina.












Vicki Sutton

My passion for clay developed during my time as a student when taking my first life modeling class and while earning my bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture at the College of Design at North Carolina State University. For over 18 years I have been expressing myself through clay.

My forms are heavily influenced by texture and pattern. I begin with a slab or coil of clay, then twist or tear or pinch and a unique form emerges.
While shaping each creation I feel the connection between the clay and the subject, thus allowing each piece to have its own individual voice.








Justine Ferreri
Born in Irumagawa, Japan, Justine Ferreri has lived all over the United States - but now lives and works in a small coastal North Carolina town. She has dedicated her life to art in one form or another, in her earlier years with the performing arts--classical ballet, music and guitar, folk singing, and musical theater--and now with the visual arts - mainly sculptural ceramic works. Her preferred mediums are earthenware clay and stoneware. By generating an emotional experience in response to viewing her work, her pieces become outward manifestations of the inner needs of the viewer.
Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson received a BFA degree from the University of Akron Myers School of Art and studied at Matthew Tell Pottery, Doris Fredericks Studio, Brattleboro Clayworks Collective.
Johnson states, “Art offers insights that make life understandable, enjoyable, manageable and meaningful. It can stir the mind, heart and soul and allow the forgotten to reemerge...

Great art must express all that 'genius feels in the presence of Nature' - Rodin"

Pat House

Pat is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of East Carolina University.

Pat has enjoyed art expression since childhood having been greatly influenced by her grandmother - an art teacher who encouraged Pat to develop her own unique style.
Her process with clay has evolved to building slab work, drawing the image onto the clay surface for carving, and then applying the glazes and slips. Raku is Pat’s favorite firing method; creating uniquely different pieces with a little mystery or surprise each time. The oceans’ inhabitants influence Pat’s art - her favorite creatures to depict are the turtle, star fish, and fish in general. Her desire is to share her joy of the earth’s beauty and life with others through her art.







Alan Potter

Alan’s public artwork acts as a vehicle for raising the collective unconsciousness of communities through examination of their origins. His studio work reflects his interest and concern with current affairs and the events that touch our everyday lives. The subjects are topical, challenging and familiar.

HAITIAN SCULPTURE

 How Oil Drum Sculptures are Made


Haitian Oil Drum Sculpture Artists, now working in Croix-des-Bouquets, are the second and third generations, allowing a debt of thanks to the art form's initiator, Georges Liautaud.

Even today old metal drums, once used for transporting oil and other petro-chemical products, are brought by cart or on top of a taxi to the artists' workshops.

To prepare a drum, the artist first removes the ends which are used for smaller sculptures. A vertical slit is then cut along the length of the cylinder. Next the drum is stuffed with straw and paper, and set on fire to burn off any remaining paint and chemical residue. When the drum cools down it is ready to be flattened into the shape from which a sculpture can be created.

The whole sheet of metal is then hammered to make it easier to cut. Any excess charred oil, paint or rust is rubbed off before the artist chalks in his design. Then the design is cut out with a hammer and chisel. The finished piece is signed by the artist and coated with a film of varnish.

Each piece has significance or tells a story that, more often than not, is strongly influenced by Vodou, the religion developed in Haiti by slaves first brought from Africa in the sixteenth century. Many of the sculptures are representations of mermaids, snakes, dragons, angels, devils, and other beasts.
 
Some consider these metal relief sculptures the most innovative works since Alexander Calder's Mobiles. They grace such prestigious institutions as the Museums of Modern Art in Paris and New York.