Current, Past, Future Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

FALL 2014

Jasper Johns & John Lund
Masters in the Print Studio
August 30 - November 16, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:30-7:30 p.m.

An extraordinary, little-known story unfolds in the exhibition Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio. Over the past 30 years, Johns and Lund have forged a rare artistic collaboration: side-by-side, master printer Lund assists one of America’s foremost living artists to achieve precisely the effects he seeks in his prints, 47 of which are featured in the exhibition.

Johns and Lund began working together in 1973 at Universal Limited Art Editions on Long Island. A decade later, Lund became integral to John’s printmaking process as the exclusive master printer to work on the artist’s intaglio prints. In 1996, Lund established a private print studio on John’s rural Connecticut property and became his on-site master printer. Together, they have created more than 70 editions, the majority of which use etching and aquatint.

Organized by the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, Jasper Johns and John Lund is the first museum exhibition to examine these two master’s working relationship. It explores process with never-before exhibited proofs and plates. Lund’s personal photographs of Johns working in the studio are also on display.

Balance Beam
Ryan Frank
August 14 – October 12, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Ryan Frank's exhibition at the Mattatuck Museum will be similar to a jungle gym that visitors can explore, using the artist’s unique combination of objects, imagery and light. Participants will have to climb over, under and around objects, look up at the ceiling, lay down on the floor, and traverse from inside to outside the gallery in order to view photographic images framed inside light boxes and other viewing apparatuses. Reflections and distorted views of the gallery space and the outside world will be presented in a unique sequence that will require visitors to contort their bodies in unorthodox ways. As visitors of all ages navigate and explore the space, they will experience a heightened sense of both their physical capabilities and visual awareness.

Writing recently about his work, Frank identified, “While no two of my boxes are identical, they all have a few key similarities: a light bulb in the center, four sided with two open ends, each side displaying a back-lit photo transparency. The images capture a specific time and place, and the effort to view them is similar to that which I endured to take them.”

An artist, performer and curator, Frank received dual degrees in theater and fine art from NYU in 2004. He is curator at the Granary and is based in Brooklyn, NY and Sharon, CT.

Ryan Frank exhibition and performance supported in part by Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy, Michael B. Levy & Bonny B. Wolf, Elaine Reichek, Angel Franco & Leslie Goldmann, John H. Silvis, Richard M. Frank & Connie J. Frank and a private donor.

Hugo Bastidas
August 14 – October 12, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:30-7:30 p.m.

At first glance, Hugo Bastidas oil paintings resemble black and white photographs. As the artist indicates, the stylistic approach is both visual and conceptual, "I apply paint to the surface with quick even short strokes that build and amount to the image. The result is that of a blurry monochrome photograph encouraging closer inspection.”

This exhibition draws from the artist’s most recent group of paintings, Metamorphosis in which Bastidas uses depictions of water, passageways, and windows into space to indicate change. He alerts us to issues brought about by industry and technology and their effects on society and the environment. Touched by recent natural disasters, Bastidas created Trois After the Flood (2013-14), showing the real-life sanctuary as if it were flooded with water. He created a surreal environment that blurs the lines of reality to form a connection between an actual environmental disaster and imagined fiction.

Bastidas works large – of the eight paintings in the exhibition only two are easel size. The grisaille paintings (images produced entirely in shades of gray) appear at first sight to be produced by charcoal or a tarry substance but are in fact, oil on linen. The painter is also a digital photographer and photography informs the subject matter without affecting the stylistic development of the image - that is, the images are not photo-realistic.

Lauren Seiden
August 14 – October 12, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Graphite, the same stuff in your number 2 pencil, is the medium of choice for Lauren Seiden. Trained as a painter, Seiden received her BA from Bennington College. But, she says, she hasn’t used paint for years.

Working on paper and on Mylar, Seiden used graphite in various forms to make a topographic creation. She will use a combination of lead - different softness (including liquid), with different points, to create layers upon layers of medium. In this way she explores texture, mark-making and surface. Seiden works spontaneously, there are no preliminary drawings. She identifies her method as loose, a deliberate but free-form manipulation of material that is determined/limited by the size of the paper.

In these works that explore the relationship between light, line and dark , she (in her words) “tests the conventions of drawing by breaking down the surface and transforming the paper into a physical metallic form.”

This exhibition will feature 3 or 4 of Seiden’s works installed on the Lobby wall.

The Connecticut Senior Juried Art Show
at Pomperaug Woods
October 5 – November 2, 2014

View the work of talented Connecticut artists – all of whom are 70+ years of age – at the seventh annual Connecticut Senior Juried Art Show. Themed “The Art of Experience,” the show will feature art work all created after the artists’ 70th birthday. This is the first and only art show of its type in Connecticut. Categories in this year's show are Painting, Drawing, Sculpture and Photography.

Steven Rockefeller
Chill Zone
October 19 - December 7, 2014

Photographer Steven Rockefeller’s Chill Zone transports viewers to another place and time through the artists’ visual environment. The long-exposure high definition video “pictures” present a variety of calming images that immerse the viewer within the scene for extended periods. Images fill a variety of screens that enable participants to escape to the Virgin Islands, explore the landscape of Norway, admire the majestic Hudson River or walk the streets of Shanghai while seated or lying on comforting furniture. The soothing and reassuring experience invites the viewer to release the tensions of the everyday while blissfully focusing on the beauty and serenity of unusual, mysterious and exotic locations.

Nathaniel Donnett
October 19 - December 7, 2014

bleacher and everard photography
November 22, 2014 – January 25, 2015

Katie Bleacher and Dean Everard are the artists behind Celebrity. This New York City based photography team specializes in celebrity, editorial and commercial corporate assignments. With a wide variety of jobs ranging from covers of magazines to advertising campaigns, Katie and Dean collaborate with some of the top designers and creative directors in the industry.

The photographers work together and bring different perspectives to the project. Each is personable and professional and each develops a special sense with the subject of their shoot. Interestingly, Katie and Dean do not identify which images were shot by the one or other.

Noah’s Ark
November 22, 2014 - February 28, 2015

Palace Theater Anniversary Exhibition
November 22, 2014 – February 1, 2015

This exhibition will highlight the 10-year anniversary of the theater’s reopening after restoration and include a timeline of historic milestones dating from the theater’s 1922 opening. The exhibit will include photographs, documents, ephemera, historical objects, excerpts from oral history interviews and personal stories.

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