PRESS RELEASE: It
is with great pleasure that the Louisa Gould Gallery presents the
Eighth Annual Abstract Show, “
The Poetry of Abstraction”
opening on August 28, 2015 and continuing until September 17, 2015.
The artists’ reception will be on August 29th from 5-7
p.m., with a curatorial talk about the exhibit by Roberta Gross on
Tuesday, September 1st at 5 p.m., both at the gallery at
54 Main Street in Vineyard Haven. The exhibit showcases the work of
(7) artists, all with long time connections to Martha’s Vineyard:
Michaele Christian; Jennifer Ellwood; Roberta Gross; Genevieve
Jacobs; Martha Mae Jones, Laura Roosevelt, and Pamela Flam. Their art work
achieves what Archibald MacLeish had in mind when he wrote
Poetica: the art “should not mean but be”. These artists
create images which capture a sense of a reality beneath the changing
everyday appearances of the ocean, lakes, beaches, forests and towns.
They do so by creatively employing a variety of media: oil, fabrics,
digital photography, monotypes, and mixed media compositions.
descriptions of the artists and their work follows:
Chamblee Christian is a retired oncologist who returned to her early
love of art and painting by pursuing monotype printmaking at
Featherstone Center for the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard beginning in
2004. She has studied with several instructors there including Linda
Ziegler, Leslie Baker, and Nick Thayer. She has also studied with
Skip Barnhardt and Penny Barringer in Washington, D.C. She uses
monotype, collagraph, chine colle and collage techniques to explore
themes related to nature and the world around us as well as more
abstract themes, often incorporating found objects as part of the
print making process. While she most commonly works with oil-based
inks and paints, some pieces are done in water-based inks, water
colors and crayon.
Ellwood’s abstract oil paintings, often inspired by nature
including Vineyard landscapes, reflect a command of composition,
movement of forms and color. She is
only is a talented abstract landscape artist, she is also a
practicing psychotherapist who grew up in Pittsburg, moved to Boston
to attend Tufts University and graduated with a BA/BS in 1993.
Jennifer has studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston, at the University of Fine Arts in Hanoi, Vietnam, and
privately. Her work has been included in juried shows in galleries in
Boston including the Gallery @ Green Street and the Bromfield
Jacobs a long time resident of Martha’s Vineyard. Genevieve lives
and works in West Tisbury with her husband, 9 sheep, and whatever
feathered and furried creatures happen to be passing through at the
moment. She pursues an active artistic life on the Island, both
exhibiting at various venues and offering drawing classes at Polly
Hill Arboretum. Her focus for this exhibit is her fascination with
the dynamic patterns formed in nature, including rocks, sidewalks,
and beaches, appreciating the interconnectedness of all things in the
natural world. For these works, she creates depth and translucency by
overlaying her photographic transparencies on maps, prints and her
older, abstract art work.
Mae Jones turns to fabrics as her muse. In creating her original,
coloristic assemblages, she uses textiles she creates as well as
remnants of silk, cotton, rayon, bamboo, hemp, and other fibers. She
is primarily interested in creating a harmony between the sedate and
the wild, the new and vintage, the bold and subtle, the floral and
the geometric. Trained as a sociologist, she went to Sweden to study
weaving and textile design. For more than thirty years now, she has
practiced her deep passion for textiles, exhibiting her
fabric-centric creations in boutiques, including her own in New York
City and in the Vineyard. Her work has been featured in
Roosevelt, a year round resident of West Tisbury, is someone many
Islanders know as a poet, journalist, and active community member.
She is once again presenting her abstract photography for this
exhibit. These photographs reflect her continued interest in bodies
of water in which she responds to visual images of boats, pilings,
docks, and buildings -- seemingly solid objects -- as they become
distorted and transformed by the water’s movement. She aims for her
photographs to appear painterly rather than more hard edged and
presents colorful compositions of swirling patterns and distortions.
Gross, the curator of, and a participant in this exhibit, is a
resident of Aquinnah and Philadelphia, PA. She shows her work in
galleries in Philadelphia and on the Vineyard. She often can be seen
at the Featherstone Center for the Arts where she teaches the
abstract and mixed media art courses. For this exhibit, she is
altering monotypes which suggest land, sea and mood scapes. The
oil-based monotypes are remounted on wood panels which are painted
with colors mixed with sand or glass beads. Then the pieces are
collaged with gilded papers or painted and distressed Tyvek, the
material builders use in the early stages of preparing a new house.
The Tyvek creates a dimensionality to the strongly textured prints
together with the 2 inch deep panels result in low relief images.
Pamela Flam, a long time Vineyard resident, has been "painting" with fabric for 30 years. Her current pieces are a reaction against the commercially dyed and printed fabrics she usually uses, an effort to tread more lightly on the earth and on the island. They are inspired by Japanese Boro (patchwork) and the mark making of Agnes Martin.
can meet the artists at the opening and enjoy light refreshments and
also join Roberta Gross for a curatorial discussion of the exhibit on
September 1st at 5pm.