Seven: An Exhibition by Seven Photographers
October 11-November 6
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 16, 3-6pm
Kehler Liddell Gallery is pleased to present “Seven,” a group show by seven photographic artists. Featuring the work of Rod Cook, Matthew Garrett, Andrew Hogan, Keith Johnson, Hank Paper, Alan Shulik, and Marjorie Wolfe. This unique exhibition is a testament to the diversity of styles and esthetics within the photographic medium. The diverse methods used by the seven artists include Platinum palladium process, multiple image printing and photojournalism.
Rod Cook !s photographs offer rare moments of surreal beauty. Each image is a glimpse into an intimate gesture – sometimes haunting, other times reminiscent of a comforting memory. Using the Platinum/Palladium process – a technical process in which a light sensitive emulsion is coated directly on the surface of a sheet of paper – Cook's photographs exhibit a stunning, soft luminosity that evoke a deep emotional response within the viewer.
Matthew Garrett is a photographer who extracts uncanny and strange images from urban and suburban environments. His photographs isolate murmurs from the rhythms of our daily surroundings. Garrett transforms familiar spaces into mysterious, meditative spaces. His compositions play with light intensity and utilize spacial juxtapositions to create signature, dramatic visual effects.
Andrew Hogan's photographs capture fleeting moments of emotion that are indefinable by words alone: Mere glimpses or gestures that can suggest anentire life story. His photographs reveal fleeting moments of personal history and their underlying emotions that are undiminished by time. Hogan captures these powerful emotional stories in their beauty and mystery. His images uncover what is hidden in our everyday lives, and show how time and distance affect our personal realities and perceptions.
Keith Johnson makes photographs that are an investigation of extended imagery. By printing multiple images on a single piece of paper, Johnson is able to push the photograph beyond the single print, into a grid work that creates new frames and connections between images. The juxtaposition of multiple pictures steers the viewer!s focus to the idea of the image - toward the image!s string of potential suggested by layers of graphic detail.
Hank Paper !s photographs are from a series entitled “Island Life.” Paper shoots in an intuitive, photojournalistic style that allows the true nature of his subjects to be seen, often in juxtaposition with their absurd nature. Paper!s photographs can be viewed as testimonies of people in their every day life. However, his often humorous images do more than just expose the ordinary. They puncture the viewer!s preconceived notions of his fellow man by revealing his subjects in unexpected roles and contexts that both surprise and sometimes astonish.
Alan Shulik paints with the lens of the camera in such a way as to produce abstract-surrealist images that conjure up ethereal, dream-like experiences. The images he will exhibit in this show are landscape photographs depicting the coastlines of Maine and Connecticut. Possessing a quiet, ethereal quality, these images are at once fleeting glances and moments of stillness.
Marjorie Wolfe's approach to photography, though simple and direct, reveals a hidden world. Wolfe's photographs were all taken at the same pond in Martha!s Vineyard, a place that the artist visits often. However, despite familiarity with the location, through Wolfe's sensitive visual esthetic, she is able to use the camera to expose the subtle contrasts around her – near and far, old and young, clamor and peace.
Emilia Dubicki and Blinn Jacobs
September 8 - October 9, 2011
For her second show at Kehler Liddell, Emilia Dubicki will present a new series of abstract paintings that investigate the distance between collective memory and a perceived reality. Painter Blinn Jacobs will take issue with the space that art occupies, presenting new abstract minimalist works from the Counterpoise Series, Tie Rod Ribbon Series and a newly conceived wall installation.
MY BROTHER JACK:
Paintings and Drawings by Larry Morelli
Mixed Media Sculpture by Silas Finch
Exhibition Dates: August 4 - September 4, 2011
Opening Artists Reception: Saturday, August 6, 7-9pm; After Party at Lyric Hall, 9-midnight.
CORUSCATIONS AND COTYLEDONS:
Gar Waterman and Marjorie Gillette Wolfe
April 14 – May 15, 2011
cot·y·le·don (noun botany)
1. the primary or rudimentary leaf of the embryo of seed plants, 2. Anatomy of any of several lobules of the placenta.
1. the act of coruscating, 2. a sudden gleam or flash of light, 3. a striking display of brilliance or wit.
Kehler Liddell Gallery is very pleased to present “Coruscations and Cotyledons,” a two-person exhibition of sculpture by Gar Waterman and photographs by Marjorie Gillette Wolfe. The two visuals at play-- coruscations, sudden flashes of light, and cotyledons, leaves of the embryo of a seed plant, engage in conversations about the discrete phenomena that shape our environment and inform our aesthetic experience.
Delicate, close observation on the part of both artists manifests in works that explore the relationship between architecture and science. Waterman’s magnified cotyledon sculptures investigate the exquisite physicality and intricacies of plant forms and respond to their architectural components—balance, strength, geometry, perfection, pattern, mechanisms of defense and attraction. Wolfe’s photographs document isolated shots of real places where natural light backlights, screens and mixes with architectural elements—buttresses, plastic siding and weathered glass, in series of environments that read like abstract paintings. Shared appreciations for the structure of nature unites the two distinct bodies of work, both characterized by natural palettes, and allow the viewer to move thoughtfully through moments of soft and hard texture and form.
Waterman’s sculptures represent a fundamental dialogue between architecture and nature, which is his primary source of inspiration. In addition to wood, Waterman works in stone, bronze, glass and steel. His imagery ranges from plant life, marine forms and insects to imagined figures.
Waterman grew up in New Jersey and Maine, with a formative year in Tahiti at age 10, where his father, underwater filmmaker Stan Waterman shot and produced a documentary for National Geographic. After graduating from Dartmouth College, Waterman moved to Pietrasanta Italy, where he studied for seven years to become a master stone carver. Waterman currently lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut and Sargentville, Maine.
Wolfe’s photographs investigate the abstraction of real space and ephemeral elements. For this show she will focus on the way diptychs, triptychs and larger series of photographs inform one another. In addition to her abstract series, Wolfe will present traditional landscapes that confound perspective and facilitate the viewer’s reconsideration of a well-worn subject.
Wolfe has exhibited in solo and group exhibits around the country; at Rhode Island School of Design (where she received her BFA with a focus in painting), the National Arts Club in New York, the Slater Museum, Art of the Northeast and Spectra at Silvermine Guild Arts Center and Bushnell Memorial Hall in Hartford. She received first honors and awards at Images, Art of the Northeast, New Canaan Society for the Arts, and the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts. Her work is in private collections around the United States and has been featured in The New York Times and Camera Arts Magazine.
Kristina Küster-Witt and Alan Shulik
March 10 – April 10, 2011
Kehler Liddell Gallery is pleased to present “Double Vision,” a two-person exhibition of paintings and prints by Kristina Küster-Witt and photographs by Alan Shulik that investigate sensational inner and outer worlds of both artists. This will be Küster-Wittʼs debut exhibition at Kehler Liddell Gallery and Shulikʼs second show.
Kristina Küster-Witt`s work has evolved around duality since she lived and studied in Germany and the Netherlands in the 1990s. Her primary medium is oil on canvas, and upon finishing a paintings, Küster-Witt may transform the composition into a unique paper lithograph using an invented photography technique.
The majority of Küster-Witt`s paintings are diptychs, which present two corresponding figures flushed in shades of cool blue or hot red. The two figures symbolize the dualities of man, suggesting that a balanced man may also be off-kilter; a dreamer may also be a realist; a male may also be part female; and age links us all closely, in its perpetual cycle. Many pairs introduce one upside-down figure and one standing figure, including a hanging canvas that rotates as it floats in the center of the gallery.
Küster-Witt received her masters at the Academy of Visual Arts in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1995, where she studied under the tutelage of influential artist Peter Ackermann. She received an E.U. scholarship at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, Netherlands in 1992. Küster-Witt was awarded 3 consecutive fellowship grants from Foundation STROOM in The Hague in 1995, ʼ96 and ʼ97, and granted a residency at Lake of Constance in 1999 where she received an art prize for her work, Sparkasse Karlsruhe. In 2010, she was the recipient of a CT Commission on Culture & Tourism Artist Fellowship Grant. She currently lives and works in Woodbridge, CT.Photographer Alan Shulik paints with the lens of his camera, the finished effect like visual poetry. He uses an experimental approach to produce the abstract-surrealist images, which is part camera technique, part digital manipulation.
The new work in “Double Vision” retains the clarity of his early black and white photographs, shot in the style of the great American masters, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Paul Strand, while evoking notions of distant memories or half conscious terrains. His subject is the motion of landscapes, which he captures by amplifying the movements of dawdling figures along the beach and surface reflections in water.
Shulik has exhibited in solo and group exhibits in the USA as well as in France. He has won numerous awards and honors, and his photographs have been recognized in many prestigious venues, including The Art of the Northeast, Spectra (Silvermine Guild of Arts, New Canaan, CT), Images (Shoreline Arts Alliance, Guillford, CT), The Print Center (Philadelphia, PA), Copeland Photography Concert at Richardson Symphony Orchestra (Dallas, TX) and Ridgefield Guild of Artists, (Ridgefield, CT). His work has been featured in the New York Times, Connecticut Homes and Gardens, and Focus Magazine.
January 27 – March 6, 2011
“I...and Love...and You”
Kehler Liddell Gallery is pleased to present “I...and Love...and You,” a group exhibition of paintings, photographs, sculpture and works on paper that examine the contemporary complexities of honest communication in exchanges related to love. Artists include: Joseph Adolphe, Edith Borax-Morrison, Amy Browning, Frank Bruckmann, Jason Buening, Susan Clinard, Rod Cook, Emilia Dubicki, Matthew Garrett, John Harris, Lisa Hesselgrave, Gigi Horr Liverant, Blinn Jacobs, Keith Johnson, Kristina Kuester-Witt, Lawrence Morelli, Hank Paper, Joseph Saccio, Gerald Saladyga, Deirdre Schiffer, Alan Shulik, Gar Waterman and Marjorie Wolfe.
The title of the exhibition references an indie-folk song by the Avett Brothers that tells the story of a man who cannot utter the simple phrase “I love you.” He is plagued by the radical differences between speaking and acting on feelings of love and hate. He fights with words, preferring verbal attacks to physical attacks, and loves with action, preferring courtship to intimate profession.
The show will illuminate the great love dysfunctions of our time, place and culture by addressing the quiet underpinnings of love and its converse aspects, such as: romance and sex, ambiguity and directness, polygamy and monogamy, naiveté and maturity, honesty and deceit, and madness and betrothal.
A selection of works will investigate the psychological dimensions of love that arise in Harold Pinterʼs 1963 play, “The Lover.” The 50-minute play follows the erotic escapades of a long-married British couple that engage in an afternoon of fantasy role-playing. The husband makes 3 visits to his house as an illicit “lover,” assuming the role of a young park keep, an aggressive mugger and a kidnapper. The couple forces each other into and out of jealousy in a series of small actions that raise the drama to uncomfortable boiling points.During the run of “I and Love and You”, Elm Shakespeare Company will perform eight nights of “The Lover.” The theatrical stage will occupy the center of the gallery, and seating will take place in the round, so that the set and audience will be surrounded by the works. In this setting, the play will act out themes expressed in the images: power struggles, verbal dominance, game playing, moving beyond reason, and falling out of love.
Performances will take place February 3-6 & 10-13; Thursday-Friday: 8:00pm; Saturday: 8:00pm and 10:00pm; Sunday 4:00pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The Special Benefit Performance will take place on Friday, February 11, 6:30pm, $75 per ticket; hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. Please visit www.elmshakespeare.org for tickets.