Painterly and Abstract Landscapes in B/W and limited palette
Carla Shapiro & Ruth Wetzel
Painterly Landscapes: Linda Cassidy & Elisa Keogh
Reception for Artists: Saturday, April 6, 5-7 pm
Exhibition Dates: April 6 to May 5, 2019
The curators, Carla Shapiro and Ruth Wetzel, have selected artists that offer views of Landscape that are both painterly and abstracted. Each compositions’ tensions come alive through limited palettes. These painterly visions remove observation from the common place. Each piece exalts different types of landscape beauty.
Photographs • Lindsey Shaw Bardsley • Nicholas Bell • Niki Berg • Thomas Fleckenstein • Tom Hatlestad • Carmelita Iezzi • Vanessa Marsh • Wayne Montecalvo • David Nadel • Mirja Paljakka • Meryl Salzinger • Andy Todd • Tim Trompeter –Videos – • Matt Frieburghaus • Deborah Mesa-Pelly • Carla Shapiro • Ruth Wetzel
Selected through our Portfolio Showcase Call for Entries, the gallery will also feature two portfolios by Elisa Keogh and Linda Cassidy
Elisa Keogh: Moving
Artist Statement: Shooting from a moving car window I sought to capture the evocative and everchanging winter landscape. I loved the abstracted softness that came from the motion of the car along with a slow shutter, creating imagery akin to flowing charcoal drawings. This series provides a variety of work that is both literal and nuanced.
Bio Born in England and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the height of political unrest, Keogh was drawn to the raw, underground street art that focused strongly on content and it ignited her passion to make art that carries a message.
At 19, Keogh arrived in the United States and took her first photography class. She immediately knew that she had tapped into a piece of herself that would be important to her future.
Subsequently, Elisa enjoyed a successful career as an art director/graphic designer in NYC where she collaborated with many creative photographers. During this time her interest in photography was reignited, and she began to exhibit her own work.
Since 2005, Keogh has been an exhibiting artist as well as a digital photography teacher and artist-in-residence in Norwalk Public Schools. Elisa currently maintains her studio at Firing Circuits in Norwalk, CT.
Linda Cassidy: Light and Matter
Artist Statement: Things are often not what they seem to be, and through my current work I encourage the viewer to suspend assumption and invite the unanticipated.
Much as the natural world, defined by its randomness, can appear intentional and concrete, my work taps into a pulsation, expressed visually by compositional rhythm, that transforms those most ethereal of objects, photon streams, into palpable moments of inhabited being.
Arising suddenly and with its own agenda, these images require both viewer and artist to embrace not knowing. Through that embrace we can discover something altogether unexpected yet deeply longed for.
Light and Matter is about memory and time.
I’ve been reading TS Eliot’s poem “Four Quartets” and these images are commingled with Eliot’s poem, which is partly about the loss of land and origin. These pieces speak to a nostalgia which is similar in intent but different in source: we’re now threatened with the wide scale loss of all land, so every small pocket of beautiful landscape becomes increasingly precious. And yet we remember when nature and beauty seemed endlessly synonymous, thus the tension between what we hope for and what we know: the source of all nostalgia.
Bio: Linda Cassidy is an artist who currently lives and works on the East End of Long Island. A painter since her years at Bard College, her work is represented in private collections throughout the world.
Deeply influenced by the abstract expressionists and color-field painters of the 1950’s and 60’s, her current photographic work probes the boundaries between traditional art of the 3-dimensional physical world and the virtual realites of digital art.
Photographs that behave like paintings, paintings that become transformed into layered photos, light streams that transpose into perceived matter, fractalization of common forms; all are part of her present inquiry.