De / Construct, Re / Construct


Werner Sun
De / Construct,  Re / Construct
The Corners Gallery, Ithaca, New York


In today's news there is a Royal Wedding and gun violence in our schools.  How to make sense of all of this?  To focus, I  return to the potential of art and share what stimulates me and gives me hope.  On a sunny day off, my wife and I ride up into Cayuga Heights, above the shores of Lake Cayuga in Ithaca, New York and go and find the Corners Gallery to see the current show.  The exhibition is called: "De / Construct, Re / Construct and it features three artists whose artwork neatly dovetails into a strong and coherent statement about forms, textures, and restrained color.  On the walls of the gallery are examples of visual art that not only would look great in our home, but also begin to stretch the boundary of what art is about.


Rebecca Aloisio, collage, 2017


The three artists in this contemporary show are: Rebecca Aloisio, Werner Sun, and Rosalyn Richards.

Rebecca recently studied printmaking with me at Rochester Institute of Technology.  I was looking forward to seeing what she has accomplished with her new printmaking skills.  She adds to this a strong concept of working with gradations of colors and abstraction and her compositions often against white backgrounds imply movement that can remind one of cubism in art by Ferdinand Leger.
I have written about Rebecca's art before on this blog, and so it was interesting to see where she is taking her work.


Rebecca Aloisio " Laser Ridge"


Rebecca Aloisio
De / Construct, Re / Construct

I have seen how Rebecca can make a print and cut it up to find new expression through collage.  She demonstrates the title of this show in her process.  The artist's methods of making the work become part of the art, even though it is difficult to predict how her work will proceed.  Compare this to Werner Sun and his installation called: " A Random Walk ".  " A Random Walk " appears much more deliberate than something randomly discovered.


Werner Sun, " A Random Walk ", cut and folded papers

Werner Sun's art reminds me of the revelation I found when Buckminster Fuller came to visit our School of Art at The Cooper Union, when I was getting my Bachelors Degree in the last century.
Fuller's geodesic domes had amazing impact on architecture, and now this concept seems to be having a new life in the artwork that Werner Sun has produced for this installation.  Mr. Sun has been taking two dimensional imagery and with some cutting and folding has begun to create an art that reflects an awareness of physical structures that create the foundations of what we can see in reality.



Werner Sun at the Corners Gallery

There is a path that opens up for the visual artist to explore, and we are talking about territory that would have been hard for the average person to contemplate without the aid of the personal computer.  We can start to appreciate the various forms - the geometric mesh of experience that we can see in many examples in Werner Sun's installation.  His constructions hang from the ceiling and project off the wall, and they are tactile and rigorous in their application and appeal.



Rosalyn Richards, "Geometry and Light"

Rosalyn Richards also stakes out new territory in paintings and prints that give the viewer an analytical approach to what and how we see.  Facets of crystals reflecting lights, and bubble forms provide some of the content for paintings that have an intimate close-up quality, and we marvel at the patience that these paintings require of the artist -  to fulfill her vision.



Rosalyn Richards

I found myself thinking about the generations of artists starting with Kandinsky who work with abstraction and their efforts to dig into the meaning and structure of what we see - and this has been essential for contemporary art.  These explorations will continue, and there is much more new territory to explore.  We were happy to explore part of this new land with these three artists.  The show runs thru May 25th at the Corners Gallery on Hanshaw Road.  Go There..







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Ode To Joy




Oxford Street and Park Avenue
Rochester, N.Y.
May, 2018


Spring has sprung, and the magnolias along the  median are in full bloom.  On a sunny afternoon I buzz the door for the Oxford Gallery and walk downstairs for a look see.  Around this time each spring the gallery calls on their artist community to take part in a group show, and this year the theme is "Ode to Joy".

  

"Ode to Joy"
thru June 16, 2018

I was invited to participate, so I sent in a monotype print.  I wanted to see what others had done with the theme, and was happy that they took a very diverse approach to a subject that has music and light woven into the heart of the mix.


G.A.Sheller
"The First Veil of Spring", mixed media

There are over 60 works of art to take in and they range from abstract and intimate ( "Fog" by Jean K. Stephens ) to rather large and boisterous ( "Gun Control" by David Dorsey ).  I had the good fortune to be able to talk with one of the featured artists - g.a. Sheller - about her mixed media work on paper she calls: "The First Veil of Spring".  This is a two part work that includes photography, printmaking and hand painting - portraits of the first flowers - snowdrops to be exact - with marvelous details that appear almost three-dimensional with very subtle hints of green stems or leaves on a snowy morning. She must have gotten level with the ground to get such close-ups of these tiny flowers.


"Lake Effect" by Ken Townsend

"Ode to Joy" is a wonderful concept, and if you take these artists at their word - their artworks should make a real connection.  For some painters in this show, they express their joy by going straight outdoors to find their bliss.  Maybe, for Ken Townsend, it was the light catching on the bits of snow in a large tree that lifted his spirits.


"Farmer's View" by Sean Witucki

Stately trees at the edge of a field in "Farmer's View" bring joy to the artist who paints the picture, and hopefully this is transmitted to a viewer.  The quality of this realist's work certainly gives you a time of day and a very peaceful feeling as you scan this paintings surface and take in the details that this artist provides.


"Elysium's Daughter"
by William Keyser

On the other hand, it might be just the ability to bring something new into the world that brings an artist sheer happiness.  I get that from Bill Keyser's work: "Elysium's Daughter" made of laminated wood with a bright yellow paint.  Keyser's sculpture frames space in a way that both condenses and relaxes the environment creating the first beat of a proposed rhythm.  Other little abstractions can be attractive, including the meandering currents that circulate in the pen and ink drawing called " Great Circle" by Bill Stephens.


" Great Circle" by Bill Stephens

My monotype print which I call: " Comprehension" fits right in this mode.  I have been working with bright primary colors for several years now and my print has a kind of celestial starlight at the central "point of origin" with a radiance that becomes palpable.  I am using a method of  developing  qualities in my art that translates mathematics and measurement into something you can sense and see.


"Comprehension" by Alan Singer


Another artist is very circumspect about the joy they get in the process of painting.  Barbara Page is up in an airplane, surveying the scenes down below and finds a certain confluence of roads and streams and gives you the demarcation zones in her work she calls: "Three Springs".  She has been working on map paintings for a while and I would say her selection for this show takes you away from the ordinary point of view, and by taking a bird's eye view beckons you to step away from today's problems and see things from this new perspective.



"Three Springs" by Barbara Page


"Ode to Joy" could also be a party, and painter Kate Timm, is ready to celebrate.  In her still life which reminds me of the paintings by Janet Fish, there is a little bottle with a portrait of Beethoven on the label.  Kate has a table laden with candy, corn, a vase of flowers and everything is painted in a particular light, as if it could stay that way forever.



"Ode to Joy" by Kate Timm


So, time and place certainly has an effect.  The best thing is that joy can be shared.  There are so many works of art in this show that I am tempted to write about each one, but then there wouldn't be as much of a surprise for the readers of my blog, and I don't want to stop you from getting up and going to see for yourself.  Check it out and smile...



"Gun Control" by David Dorsey
at Oxford Gallery
267 Oxford Street, Rochester, New York









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Industrial Strength




industrial Strength






Albert Paley, "Genesee Passage"
in downtown Rochester, New York


Right in the circle in front of the old Bausch & Lomb Building in downtown Rochester,  there stands a wonderful monument to industry and artistic pursuit by Albert Paley.  I enjoyed looking at this post-modern work of art on a beautiful spring afternoon and  I was thankful that such a thing was commissioned for this location.



Geisel Gallery placard

Inside the building, I walked upstairs to the Geisel Gallery to view  the installation of watercolors by Leo Dodd on exhibition through May and arranged by his son, Paul Dodd.  It was just last year that I was introduced to this painter's artwork - so I went to see this new selection that includes paintings made in far flung places like Italy and even the State of Maine!



Leo Dodd paints motif 
#1
Pemaquid Point, Maine


Leo Dodd ( 1927-2015 ) was a mechanical engineer by day - working for Kodak and he was always attracted by the human activity around building sites in Rochester and elsewhere.  As Rick Muto has written, "Leo Dodd was in the mode of painters like Thomas Hart Benton, a regionalist who had a distinct style that emphasized gesture, gravity, and movement."



Leo Dodd /  Heavy Lifting
watercolor on paper


I am sure that I am not the only one who has drawn and painted around construction sites ( my favorite thing to do when I was a young teenager ).  Leo Dodd was there too, as an observer and one who could chronicle changes to the urban landscape with a touch of his pencil and brush.  I think it would have been interesting to watch him work.  How did he decide upon which details to show and which ones to suppress?


Leo Dodd and the Occupy Movement


If you go and visit the Geisel Gallery you get a taste of what it was like to watch some of the landmarks of Rochester being built through the eyes of this artist.  Seeing these scenes - of workers doing their jobs - and then making a composition for them brings to mind the traditions found in Winslow Homers' watercolors or someone like John Singer Sargent.


Karen Frutiger
collages
"Softly Spoken"
The Gallery at Creativ Framing and Editions Printing
510 State Street


Down the way, over to 510 State Street ( Made on State ) we have a show of collages by Karen Frutiger presented at The Gallery of Creativ Framing and Editions Printing.  Karen's show is on through June and it is worth the trip over there to see her experiments in layering color and form.  This is an art that owes a debt to her abstract expressionist forebears, and you can actually go back to the ground breaking efforts of Kurt Schwitters to find the energy that Karen Frutiger brings to her project.


Karen Frutiger collage


Having just viewed the watercolors of Leo Dodd, I couldn't help but sense some of the same contrasts and gestures in Ms. Frutiger's artwork.  I enjoyed her textures and deep contrasts, and she even has a bit of fun in a work like #11. "Rainy Day" which takes a splash of blue bubbles and makes a composition out of two grey house-like forms.



Karen Frutiger


Here once again, I am curious to know how she does what she does.  Why she selects such deep values, and how does she get her collage materials to sit so flatly?  Go see for yourself and think about how this art is made... wouldn't you like to know?


"Rainy Day" by Karen Frutiger


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Speaking About Arthur Singer


The Author of this blog
speaking to the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club
Rochester, New York

Seems like I have been out on the tour recently speaking about art to an at a nature club like the one above.  My topic is the wildlife art that my father, Arthur Singer made during his lifetime, and I can speak from experience because we collaborated together on some of the most visible projects like  the Golden Guide to Birds of North America, and the U.S. Postal Service stamps that honor the Birds and Flowers of the Fifty States ( 426 million stamps were sold ). How did a boy from Manhattan come to fall in love with wildlife art?


Arthur Singer in the 1970's


The Golden Guide with art by Arthur Singer
has sold millions of copies


At The Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York, -- this Friday, May 4th at 7 pm,  I will once again give my talk on my artistic family  ( my mom was also a published illustrator and painter ) and I will also be able to  sign copies of the new book from RIT Press that I co-authored with my brother Paul.  Paul also designed the book, and you should see what he did.!   I am really proud of this art book, and the story is really a good one.  In case you have not seen our book, it is advertised in the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology magazine called: "Living Bird" this month.  Here is the cover of our book ( see below ).


RIT Press is the publisher
visit
https://www.rit.edu/press/


We look forward to seeing you at The Memorial Art Gallery for their $5 Fridays, if you can spare the time.  If you read this blog, you know that I am always writing about art, and shows that I like, and I actually have my own recent art in a big group show that will open this week at the Oxford Gallery, also here in Rochester.  The show is called: " Ode to Joy", and this group show will run until mid June.  If you can get there, you will see my print ( see below ) which I call: " Comprehension".
What people may not know about much of the artwork I have created in these past ten years is that what you see in the print is part of my investigation into the blend of mathematics and artistic pursuits.  In a way I am working on the visualization of functions of numbers on a two dimensional plane.


Comprehension by Alan Singer
at
Oxford Gallery, Rochester, New York

Later this year, I plan on publishing a new book on my recent art called: "Wheel House".

I write about many of the developments of my art that is so influenced by math.  I take up a path that Sol Lewitt had started, and I am making the most of it.  So now I have to look forward to speaking about a book, and working on new shows, and so much more.  Oh, and I just finished another semester at Rochester Institute of Technology, thank you very much!



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Black and White





Kurt Ketchum ( KURT K3TCHUM )
at
Axom Gallery, Rochester, New York

The Axom Gallery has renovated its space to create more room for the design products on display and this also makes more room for artwork, paintings and the like.  Now on view, a show by painter and graphic designer Kurt Ketchum called: BLACK5,WHIT35,COLOR3D5 thru to June 1, 2018.  I recall seeing some of Kurt Ketchum's art in a show at Rochester Contemporary a few seasons ago and this present exhibition builds on that experience.



Axom Gallery features Kurt Ketchum

There are many facets to the atmosphere created by Ketchum's paintings, some of which have a historical relationship to abstract expressionism through works by artists like Cy Twombly  ( calligraphic scrawls on white grounds ) and also contemporary affiliations with artists like Wade Guyton ( who was featured in a show at the Whitney Museum recently ).  The primary impression of the many paintings by Kurt Ketchum is one of fragmentation that skirts the limits of graphic design to function as a coherent form of communication.  Ketchum's art opens the door to a poetry of the unexpected, and not only that - it builds a brand out of that concern.  My guess is that this art can perform a commentary on our society - complexity viewed as bits and pieces - filled with energy and determination.



Basketball Hoop 48" x 36"
by
Kurt Ketchum

Maybe it is because I taught graphic design at R.I.T. for years that I find an attraction to Ketchum's artwork, and his paintings have an engagement with typography, spatial relationships, and a thought process-in-progress that I find most engaging.  In one painting above - Ketchum includes a basketball hoop that brings to mind inner-city sport and play.  Across the room Ketchum builds a wall of small paintings in a kind of altar piece to contemplation.


Axom Gallery features paintings by Kurt Ketchum

Rather than title his paintings, Ketchum just gives you the measurements.  Many of the works remind me of a kind of Morse Code -  dots and dashes, and maybe more than the sum of its parts.  The room  by design has a engaging aesthetic that accounts for texture, thought and urbanity.



Kurt Ketcham





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Working Towards Graduation


Sarah Kinard
explains her Thesis at the Bevier Gallery
Rochester Institute of Technology



Being able to express yourself; having the self-confidence and making a good argument for your artwork - that is a sign that you are ready to step up and graduate.  Just last week I brought my printmaking students over to see the Thesis works by Ms. Sarah Kinard.  She built her show at the Rochester Institute of Technology around an environmental explosion of forms that are truly a mixture of printmaking and painting.  Sarah is at heart a collage artist, not afraid to improvise.  Her pieces have unexpected forms often silk-screened onto wood and then painted and cut out to create compositions which she then orchestrates on the walls of the Bevier Gallery.

Sarah's work reminds me of Robert Rauschenberg combined with the wit and action of Elizabeth Murray - an artist who I once brought to R.I.T. to speak to my painting students almost ten years ago.
Sarah had more pieces in this show than I had expected.  Many of the works of art are small in comparison to other contemporary art works, but these have textures that you have to see up close, since they are almost the size of a postage stamp.



Casual Fourplay
opened First Friday at Gallery r

This is the season for students to contemplate their graduation.  Do they have a plan to go beyond and see how their artwork and life will develop?  At Gallery r this week there was an opening for a show called: "Casual Fourplay" with senior art students - Holly Ferguson, Eliza Harvey, Erika McCarthy and Kit Shulman.  What a mixture of art forms including huge sculpture, prints, drawings and installations!  In the back room take a look at the mysterious line-up of glowing glassware... Just what is going on in this artwork?  What are all those T shaped pins for, and what is in those glass jars anyway?


Holly Ferguson at Gallery r
100 College Avenue, Rochester, NY

I have worked with Holly Ferguson on some of her print pieces, and she let me know that combinations of her little square linoleum cuts were going to be arranged like parts of a quilt.  She stood next to one of her tall works in yarn and found textiles, and I wondered how she found the time to crochet all of those patterns...


Glowing Glasses at Gallery r

Back on campus at R.I.T. on the third floor of Building 7B ( Ganett )  there is a photo show now at the William Harris Gallery called: Terra Incognita.  The photographs are all from graduating MFA students all with a very self-assured look to each segment of the exhibition.  At the entrance there are postcard like prints that offer an interesting window-on-the-world.


"Terra Incognita" at William Harris Gallery

Inside the show there are a variety of candid photos like those of Jade Thiraswas, expressing joy in human relationships as expressed in the images.  Gwendolyn Anne Davies photographed herself in a variety of outfits on a beach or other locale.  She is self-possessed and confident as she sets up each angle.  One work is a play on the centerfold model where she certainly breaks the mold.



Jade Thiraswas
at William Harris Gallery


Gwendolyn Anne Davies
"Terra Incognita"
at R.I.T.







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Springtime




Todd McGrain
"Passenger Pigeon",  bronze, 2007
outside of
The Laboratory of Ornithology,
Ithaca, NY

On a brilliant blue sky day - the first day of spring, we are in Ithaca to take down a show of my father's paintings and illustrations at The Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology in Sapsucker Woods.  Out in front of the LAB is a sculpture by Todd McGrain that is one part of his "Lost Bird Project".  Here he portrays a version of the last Passenger Pigeon in cast bronze that is much larger than life.  This once abundant bird flew in flocks of millions of birds but was reduced to nothing due to voracious hunting in the 19th Century.


Louis Agassiz Fuertes
Protective coloring of the Ptarmigan
oil painting circa 1920

After the demise of the Passenger Pigeon, artists like Louis Agassiz Fuertes ( 1874-1927 ) made it his mission to portray birds of many kinds in oil and watercolor,  mostly on commission from organizations like the National Geographic Magazine that featured his artwork.  Fuentes once taught at Cornell University and is considered to be one of the greatest painters of birds,so the LAB has a selection of his paintings always on view in the boardroom/exhibition space.



Inside at The Laboratory of Ornithology
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Paintings by Louis Agassiz Fuertes

These first days of spring not only brought out some flowers, but the warming trend has melted a lot of snow on the ground which now runs in cascades down the many waterfalls and streams that lead to Lake Cayuga.  Ithaca Falls was thundering when I drove up to see the effects.




Ithaca Falls

Back at Rochester Institute of Technology where I teach in the School of Art, I had the opportunity to watch as graduating students mount the first of many shows of their artwork.  We have a very diverse student body and the grad students are putting together their Thesis show.  I found one of my students from the Business Practices class working on his sculpture which reminds me of a jungle jim.



Kibaek Sung

Just behind his installation, Sarah Kinard put her round paintings up on the wall of the gallery.  Her art always seems to be in motion, and the round paintings produce that effect effortlessly.  Wishing these new artists all the success in the world, now it is time to write the thesis!



Wall Work by Sarah Kinard

As the new season gets underway, there will be a lot to see, and I am looking forward to the warmer weather so I can get out and look around.  Take a look at these little beauties for example!





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Art Writing

The Brooklyn Rail is an engaging read, especially if you are interested in contemporary art and want some feeling of community.  I found that this past month there was a long interview with Jed Perl who has just published a biography of Alexander Calder.




Calder's Early Years by Jed Perl

If you don't already subscribe, take a look at Brooklyn Rail.  Here is a link:https://brooklynrail.org/


New Art City ( 2005 ) by Jed Perl

If you don't know the writing of Jed Perl, he is now a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, and in the past he has been a critic for The New Criterion, for Vogue Magazine, and for The New Republic.  I met Jed Perl many years ago, and he has been a guest speaker in my class at Rochester Institute of Technology.

I share an interest in representational painters with Jed Perl, and in reading his interview in The Brooklyn Rail, I found out that he practiced painting for a while before his writing assignments began to dominate his time.  Jed Perl has written about artists whom he feels should not be overlooked.  His book from 2005 - "New Art City" - Manhattan in Mid-Century not only followed careers of the big name brand artists but also included stories about people who deserve a deeper look like Edwin Dickinson, Fairfield Porter, Nell Blaine, and Jane Freilicher.



The Brooklyn Rail

Reading the interview with Jed Perl in the February issue of The Brooklyn Rail, you really get a sense of what it is like to follow developments in visual art, and even working on overcoming a stigma that his viewpoint was considered a reactionary position ( defending figurative art in an era of minimalism and conceptualism ).   Jed Perl's writing is getting better and I look forward to his pages on Calder.




Barry Schwabsky at R.I.T.

This month also brings in another voice that I have followed over many years.  The poet and art critic for The Nation  - Barry Schwabsky has a new article and a new book called "Heretics of Language".
His new article has a focus on another poet and art critic - the late John Ashbery.    Barry takes us back to "What's Happening" - a phrase from late 20th Century when John Ashbery wrote about the visual arts for New York Magazine among other publications and was frequently grouped with the artists of the New York School.



Just published: "Heretics of Language"
by 
Barry Schwabsky

Barry is also someone I have met, and he has been a guest speaker in my classroom at R.I.T. as well as making a presentation to folks at The Memorial Art Gallery.  Barry's writing is so insightful, I always try to read what he has to say about the current scene.  In his article for The Nation, he goes back to the tumultuous years in the art world when John Ashbery was active and speaks of how surrealism was the key to writing about the surprising developments  that Ashbery  covered.
Trying to be an art critic who can follow all the trends is a real stretch for most people, and John Ashbery makes a comment that he felt most of his art criticism was crap,  with the exception of what he wrote about Brice Marden.  So, if you want to find out why - pick up a copy of The Nation and read what his justification was for that comment...it is most illuminating!



April 8, 2018 in The Nation
by
Barry Schwabsky







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Planet Earth



Portrait of a Planet: Photographer in Space

March 22, 2018 was an unusual day in The University Gallery at Rochester Institute of Technology.  On the walls there is a photography show - unusual even for the land of Kodak, here in Rochester.



Photographer: Donald Pettit

The students and gallery goers had the opportunity to meet the photographer who was really out-of-this- world.  Donald Pettit stood in front of an audience and recalled what it was like to race around planet Earth doing his day job as an astronaut and making a record of the wonders that passed below   on his off hours.  AS the sign says: "Art is an inevitable consequence of being human - even in space"....


Donald Pettit answers questions from earth at R.I.T.

Actually, Pettit didn't always know what was below because he could so easily be turned upside down  in the space craft.  Being up in space, you begin to be struck by the wonder of it all, but having his camera meant that he could create a journal of images, and report on what he has seen.  This show of giant photographic prints gives just a suggestion of some of the miracles of observation ( out of nearly 500,000 images ) that can occur on this kind of voyage.  Here is a point of view most will never experience first hand, and it can be disorienting at first.  Since there is so much digital art out in the world, it is hard to at first believe that this show is REAL..!



Over the Indian sub-continent
by Donald Pettit

While answering questions about what it is like to be an astronaut with a camera, folks in the audience asked what he missed most while being up in space.  His reflection on this was that after you miss your family the most, you get involved in what you are doing - and then you don't want to miss anything that happens on the space ship.  His photos that you see in the show are unique.  The visual events documented here give you a sense of the immensity of the universe we inhabit, just take a look at the image above of the Indian sub-continent and you get the idea.


Blue Moon by Donald Pettit

The photos of this wild world give you a new sense of perspective, and they certainly leave you with a feeling of just how tiny the human being is in the scheme of things.  You want to come back down to earth, then walk upstairs to the William Harris Gallery on the third floor at R.I.T. and look in on a show called "Hiding from Rain".  I found images like a wonderful cloud quilt of photos by Brett Starr.  These cyanotypes made a nice counterpoint to the images of deep space found in The University Gallery.



Cyanotypes from Brett Starr

"Hiding from Rain" presents a set of images from ten different students who each make a separate part of this group show.  They are finishing up this chapter  of their lives and looking forward to the next challenge.  Who knows?  Maybe one day we will see their images when they come back from a voyage in deep space!


Cloud Cyanotypes from Brett Starr
from
William Harris Gallery at
Rochester Institute of Technology






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Jewels





"Cavern"  oil on canvas by Melissa Huang
at
Makers Gallery, 34 Elton Street, Third Floor
Rochester, New York

Up on a sunny 3rd floor of an old industrial building at 34 Elton Street you will find the Makers Gallery and for a few weeks you will have a chance to look over the artwork of an imaginative artist and former R.I.T. student - Melissa Huang.  You may have already seen her paintings in a nice layout in the first edition of Art House Press, or you may have viewed her work carried by Shop One on the campus of R.I.T.  Either way, this is an instance where you can see a cross section of her latest endeavors ( but by no means her only interests ) in the art world.



Melissa Huang on opening night
at
Makers Gallery

In this new exhibition we have some of her portraits that combine realism with an unusual take on the inner life of her subjects.  Many of her figures have a jewel encrusted inner sanctum.  In one portrait she calls "Cavern" there is a natural person and it turns out that they are characterized by an amethyst geode.  Melissa Huang is a rock collector and she is making the argument in her paintings that her family and friends really show another aspect in their lives that only the painter can reveal for us to see.  As she writes: "Cavern explores the relationship between how we view ourselves and others; what is shown on the outside is often at odds with inner emotions and experiences."



"Good King Neptune", a 6" x 6" print 
by
Alan Singer

There are other jewels coming soon to Rochester Contemporary Art Center, and you will find them in the show they call: 6x6.  I have submitted work for the show like the print I made ( above ) that I call "Good King Neptune" which I made in a small edition.  I have also purchased many pieces for my collection ( a bargain at $20 per piece ).  Here is one print that I loved from a recent show made by Tarrant Clements.  It is fun going around to try to match up what I know of an artists work, and see if I can find the pieces they have donated for this once a year opportunity.


Tarrant Clements found at the 6x6 show
at 
Rochester Contemporary Art Center

I support what the artists are doing when they donate art for this show and in the long run I am supporting what RoCo is doing by helping sustain a community and playing an active role.

As a working artist, the efforts that Rochester Contemporary Art Center make to bring visual art to our community can not be overestimated.  The vital art that is on display at any given time is an important aspect of why I am living here in this area, why I am working in this neighborhood, and also something to be very thankful for.

So, you may want to get together with some friends to create artworks - no larger than 6" x 6" - and submit them to the show by the deadline of April 15th.  It is much more fun than just doing your taxes!


6 x 6  at Rochester Contemporary Art Center

For more information go to the source: 137 East Avenue in Rochester or go online and see what the details are for this coming year.  Here is a link: roco6x6.org/


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