114 Warren St. Hudson NY 12534 518-697-0266 Fri thru Sun noon to 6pm & by appointment
Word and Image
Mixed Media and Photography
Fern T. Apfel
Kim Llerena and Tim Brill
May 14 to June 19, 2016
Reception: Saturday, May 14, 5-7pm
Fern T. Apfel, Word and Image – mixed media (more images)
Youth/Knowledge, 14″ x 16″ mixed media: collage & acrylic by Fern Apfel
Miriam Goodman, After a Certain Age – photography (more images)
Names Grew Elusive by Miriam Goodman
Photography Portfolio Showcase
Kim Llerena, Ekphrasis (more images)
Kim Llerena, Photogenia
Tim Brill, The Teddy Bear Series (more images)
Maybe we could have done better by Tim Brill
About the Artists
Fern T. Apfel, Word and Image
As a contemporary art-maker, Fern T. Apfel of Kinderhook NY is drawn to both abstraction and image. Her unique and transporting approach developed gradually. First, came the serendipitous purchase of a postage stamp.
I had just finished a picture, but felt something was missing. I took a break and went to the post office stamps and the postmaster handed me one with a bluish green landscape called Alaskan Highway. I quickly went back to my studio and pasted the stamp in the upper left hand corner of the painting. And that’s how it all began.”
Collaged words were to follow when she found an old school primer. Instantly attracted to it, she started to cut up the words. After pasting random words into a few pictures, it struck her that she could make the words make sense. She put together a short poem.
“As I rearrange words from another time and place, my pictures are a reminder of the relationship between our past and our present. I began my first narrative by trying to write what is- just the facts. But now it changes with each piece. Sometimes I open a book and see one word that I love, and start with that word. Sometimes I fall in love with the type, or the color of the page. Sometimes things I’m thinking about influence the thread of a story.”
Over the years, Apfel regularly returns to the book as image. At Davis Orton Gallery she focuses on work she has created where books, diaries and envelopes, rummaged from flea markets, garage sales and used book stores, are her source material for both image and word. (Above: Rest with us a few days. Feast with us tonight. 27″ x 16″; mixed media: collage and acrylic.)
Bio: Fern T. Apfel, described by the Schenectady Gazette as a “gentle postmodernist,” is represented in the permanent collections of The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY, The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, the University Art Museum at SUNY Albany, The Albany Institute of History & Art, The Shaker Museum: Mount Lebanon, NY, The Columbia County Museum & Library, Kinderhook, NY, The Art Students League of New York and numerous private collections.
In 2015, Apfel of Kinderhook NY, won The Hyde Collection Purchase Prize at the Artists of the Mohawk Region exhibition at SUNY Albany. Apfel has also exhibited at the Samuel Dorsky Museum, The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, The Albany Institute of History & Art, & The Butler Institute of American Art. Apfel has exhibited alongside Ellsworth Kelly in The Collage Show at the Spencertown Academy.
She is a two-time recipient of the Individual Artists Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and Twin Counties Cultural Fund Decentralization Program. Apfel has a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the State University College at New Paltz and studied at the Art Students League of New York.
Miriam Goodman, After a Certain Age
Miriam Goodman, She stopped looking into the mirror and began looking into her past.
“Miriam Goodman confronts us with what it is like to be aging and female. Her work is very poignant. She is able to bring a serious, as well as a lighthearted approach to the topic of aging. On one hand, she’s grappling with the frustrating and challenging aspects of aging, while on the other hand, she is able to laugh at herself.” Paula Tognarelli, Director: Griffin Museum of Photography.
Miriam Goodman (1938-2008) was a “writer who takes pictures”.
“In his book with John Berger, “Another Way of Seeing”, photographer Jean Mohr asked 10 people to interpret a picture. None of them agreed on its meaning. . Pictures are ambiguous. Adding text to the image invites you to see the picture in a specific way; adding text makes the image concrete, particular, more personal.” Miriam Goodman
In this portfolio and multi-media presentation, Goodman tells the story of a woman getting older through the objects she handles and the spaces she moves through. As a group portrait –the project includes the perceptions of many women, and sometimes their language. She gathered these perceptions by soliciting responses from other artists and friends. (Multimedia development: Lenni Armstrong.)
Bio Miriam Goodman was a poet, editor, photographer, and teacher. She was the first photography editor of the Women’s Review of Books and founder/co-coordinator of the Word & Image Lecture series sponsored by Lesley Seminars and The Center for Photographic Exhibition of the New England School of Photography. Her photographs have appeared in exhibition and on book jackets, in literary magazines, CD packaging and on the web. She was the author of three books of poetry including “Commercial Traveler” 1996, Garden Street Press, “Signal: Noise” 1982, and “Permanent Wave”, 1977 Alice James Books.
Selected through our Portfolio Showcase Call for Work,
the gallery is also featuring
portfolios by Kim Llerena and Tim Brill
Kim Llerena, Ekphrasis
In this body of work, verbal descriptions of visual artworks as well as passages relating to art, excerpted from books and essays, have been transcribed into pages of Braille. Each page is photographed in a way that interprets an essential element of the text that it features, layering description onto description and questioning what exactly is lost or gained in translation.
The transfiguration of tactile code into printed image serves as a metaphor, both for the power of photography to aestheticize the mundane and for the limitations inherent in the act of recording the world in two dimensions. (above: Kim Llerena, Response to the Night Sky Prose written by the artist.)
Bio Kim Llerena’a work often engages photography’s indexical and aesthetic properties as a means to critically examine dual implications of the medium: memory and aspiration, translation and description, art and snapshot.
Llerena exhibits nationally in addition to serving as faculty at American University. She was a semifinalist in the 2016 Print Center 90th Annual International Competition in Philadelphia, a finalist for the 2014 Trawick Prize in Bethesda, and a semifinalist for the 2013 Sondheim Artscape Prize in Baltimore.
Tim Brill, The Teddy Bear Series
The Teddy Bear Series explores experiences that diminish our innocence. The Teddy Bear is a timeless and powerful expression of innocence both in itself and as a trigger for memories of an earlier time. That time could be a specific memory of youth or a society’s collective memory of the past. (Above: Is He Gone? by Tim Brill)
Bio: In the studio, Tim Brill of Portland OR combines traditional painting and modern photographic sensibilities to create his images. He has exhibited his photographs in solo exhibitions at Wall Space Gallery, Seattle, WA and Camerawork Gallery, Portland OR and in group shows including: A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX; PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT and Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA. Brill’s work has been published online in Lenscratch (January 2015) and the Wall Space Gallery Flat File.