FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOUISA GOULD GALLERY ANNOUNCES THE TENTH ANNUAL
ABSTRACT GROUP ART SHOW:
ABSTRACT SPACES AND PLACES
It is with great pleasure that the Louisa Gould Gallery on Main Street
in Vineyard Haven presents the Tenth Annual Group Abstract Show,
Spaces and Places” opening on August 24, 2017 and continuing until
September 10, 2017.
reception will be on August 26 from 5-7 p.m.
The exhibit showcases the work of eight (8) artists, all with long time
connections to Martha’s Vineyard:
Roberta Gross, Jeri Dantzig, Edwina Rissland,
Martha Mae Jones, Laura Roosevelt, Sian Ballen and Chetta Kelley. These
artists create very individualistic works of art by creatively employing a
variety of media:
fabrics, digital photography, oil and water based monotypes, and mixed
Roberta Gross who has curated
nine (9) and participated in all ten (10)
of the Gallery’s annual
shows once again has chosen paintings and photographs reflecting a multitude of
abstract visions of places and spaces through diverse mediums.
The individual artists and their work are
again explored the powerful potential of monoprints to reflect abstract imagery
as well as political expression. Her current print making process was inspired
monotype exhibit of Degas’ work at
the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York last year. Degas, who is well known
for his paintings and sculptures, is less well known for his monotypes.
Michaele responded to the breadth of images
and depth of expression he achieved with black and white, largely created using
the subtraction technique where black ink or paint is wiped or smudged away
from the plate to create the images which are then printed on paper. She
explains this year’s selection as follows: “While color is often a feature of
my monotypes, this year the use of black and white was inspired by Degas and
the “Homage” series was a humble nod to the master.”
Some of Michaele’s prints also subtly reflect
some of the more disturbing events occurring in our nation throughout the
chosen to use the fast drying but fluid qualities of acrylic paints to
her sense of the Vineyard
landscape in her front yard.
June and July, I painted outdoors, overlooking a garden patch of budding
plants, grasses, oak trees and vines and a large terrain of rolling wetlands
leading to the ocean.
I became imbued
with the sense of overlapping and interweaving blocks and patches of colors
interspersed with darker movement of intersecting lines”
The resulting paintings reflect her energetic
flinging of paint, application of bold, black lines, and the process of hiding
and revealing earlier layers.
, a long
time Martha’s Vineyard glass artist,
began her studies at Corning Glass Company.
She incorporates a wide tapestry of colors,
shapes and sizes into her fused glass creations. The process of glass fusion
involves the joining of cut and layered sheet as well as crushed or powdered
glass into desired patterns, followed by kiln firing for 18 to 48 hours.
The rich palette of the Vineyard sky, Asia
and South America inspire the abundance of color in her work
For her, "Nothing surpasses the tone and
richness of glass".
in her photography is to create painterly images from material found in the
everyday, often focusing on boats.
camera can capture the beauty in
something as mundane as paint being scraped or refreshed on hulls.
Many of her images are taken on early morning
prowls around boatyards, like the Gannon and Benjamin Boatyard in Vineyard
During her walks, there are
always new discoveries to be found and captured. “Very often it is striking
color that first catches my eye and draws me into the process of framing and
composing… I take care to do my work up front through the lens. My aim is to
visually edit down reality to create tight compositions that will stand on
their own…. (which) often do not reveal their original source. They have become
abstract ‘lens paintings.’”
photographs in this exhibit
pigment prints made from unedited, full-frame scans of 35mm film.
fabric artist who uses remnants of silk, cotton, rayon, bamboo, hemp, and other
fibers to make art that can define or embellish a space. She creates painterly
abstractions using textiles, attaching them to the canvas, like
painters use paint.
When she is working,
she is “primarily interested in creating harmony between the sedate and the
wild, the new and vintage, the bold and subtle, the floral and the geometric.
It is challenging and exciting to integrate these seemingly disparate fragments
of fabric into harmonious and metaphorical narratives. I never know in advance
what a piece of art is going to look like. And, I pray, that when I begin a
work, I will not try to control the theme of what will emerge.”
Laura D. Roosevelt,
long time resident of Martha’s Vineyard, has been photographing reflections on
water since 2010, disassociating the reflections from resulting abstract
images. She is particularly interested in the color, pattern, and composition
that results from her process.
this year's photographs in Ireland in October of 2016.
is a participant in the abstract classes at
Featherstone Center for the Arts. She describes her artistic process as “a
personal exploration into the world that surrounds me through use of abstract
forms and color. I have always been strongly influenced by both Abstract
Expressionism and Color Field painting. By combining the dual aspects of these
two artistic movements with subtle colors and bold strokes, I hope to create a
sense of balance.”
The current pieces on
display reflect her preference for neutral tones in varying shades of gray with
an intermittent hint of a brighter color.
Her layering of geometric forms provides a tactile, energetic feeling to
, a Martha’s Vineyard resident, has recently become
enamored of abstract art while experimenting with YUPO,
a synthetic white, smooth paper.
When she paints on this surface, “colors and
dramatic blacks and whites seem to jump off the page.” Usually when she
approaches her paper or canvases, she has an idea, a dominant color along with
an attitude in mind which evokes and directs her gestures to tell a story.
Her black and white YUPO piece in this
exhibit suggests a failing civilization.
Please join us for the opening artist reception on
Saturday, August 26 from 5 to 7pm with refreshments, light fare and live music
by Micheal Hayden. The show will be on exhibit at the Louisa Gould Gallery from
August 24 through September 10 and also on line at louisagould.com. For further
information and directions please call (508) 693.7373.