September 10 - October 11, 2015
Sunday, September 13, 3 - 6 pm
Mexicans: by Sven Martson
This haunting collection of images reflects Martson’s intuitive connection to Mexico, an enigmatic land of great beauty and stark contrasts. “It is a land of flesh and blood and ghosts and spirits, where life and death are not mutually exclusive,” he explains. “A mysteriously liberating fatalism allows life to be lived for the moment.” Martson’s photographs give us fresh visions of Mexicans in a disparate mosaic of physical and cultural realities.
Young Girl, Oaxaca, Mexico, 35mm black and white photograph, Sven Martson, 1992
The NEW MEMBER EXHIBIT presents an exciting collection of work by Kehler Liddell’s newest artists, highlighting the key elements of design: form, space, texture, color and shape. Featured artists include:
Laura Barr lives and works in Stony Creek, Connecticut. She received a BA from Tufts University and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She also attended Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. “I have always drawn inspiration from direct observation,” Barr says. “My instinct is to simplify form and enhance color, distilling and embellishing what I observe, while paying close attention to strong composition.” In her recent series, which include Water Glass, Quarry Depths, Rock Water: Thimbles, Rock Water: Quarry and Waterline, her work explores color, transparency, reflection and the material qualities of light.
Roy Money has been involved in photography for 40 years, including a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware, teaching at multiple schools and universities and exhibiting widely. But it was a 2008 trip to China that reinvigorated his commitment to making art and stimulated a connection between the artwork and his then existing practice of zen meditation. That connection continues to be a major influence on his use of the camera – exploring the limits of awareness and the porous boundary between self and everything else. “Photographing affords me a way of affirming and exploring my place in the single world we humans share with all manner of animate and inanimate matter,” he explains.
An Elm City native, Liz Antle-O’Donnell has been an active member of the New Haven arts scene as a teacher, arts administrator and participating artist for close to a decade. Though primarily a self-taught artist, she studied printmaking and studio arts at New York University, Paier College of Art, and Rhode Island School of Design. “The central theme in my work is the conversation between the natural and urban landscapes,” she explains. “Perhaps more typically considered a clear-cut, good vs. evil scenario, this dialogue is represented as a harmonious struggle, a relationship full of fractal symmetries and fluid dichotomies.”
Jaime Ursic received a BFA in Painting/Drawing from the Pennsylvania State University and a MFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Yale University School of Art. She has taught and lectured at universities and museums around the country. Ursic's artworks demonstrate the experimental and playful nature of her production. “I create inspired by my visual accounts of the moment’s circumstances, searching for ways to best achieve what I see,” she writes. Her palette is inspired by her surroundings, working with locally found materials, layering them onto a variety of inked surfaces. “The final effect is comparable to an archeological dig, calling on the viewer to sift through and inspect the final image, mining the work for visual treasure.”
Kathleen Zimmerman’s love affair with form is evident in all her work. Zimmerman attended the University of Hartford Art School in West Hartford, Connecticut on artistic merit scholarships and academic grants where she earned her BFA in sculpture and printmaking. She has worked in the fields of art casting, carpentry, metal fabrication, printmaking and teaching art. She currently works at Zimmerman Fine Art Studio, as well as Dog Eye’s Print Studio, producing intaglio prints and mixed media sculpture. “My art communicates both day-to-day life as well as more profound ideas surrounding relationships, stages of life and culture,” she says, “using symbolism and surrealism lends a mythical quality filled with layers of meaning.”