SUMMER GROUP SHOW
Featuring works from Octavia Gallery and Selected Artists
July 7 - 28, 2012
Opening Reception: July 7, 6 – 8 pm
This summer, Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present new works by both gallery and invited artists. The 2012 installment offers a wide range of artistic styles, imagery, and international influences, with works by: William Pittman Andrews, Jade A. Brown, James Henderson, Piki Mendizabal, Brad Robertson, Betsy Stewart, and Gabriele Vigorelli.
Director of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, William Pittman Andrews will be showing at the gallery for a second time. Andrews will be exhibiting three new black and white drawings, which showcase his meditative form. Andrews states that his work seeks to "blend aspects of drawing and painting, surface and image, individual and universal, fleeting and eternal."
Jade A. Brown, showing with Octavia for the first time, presents two abstract paintings that feature the artist's characteristic sweeping brushstrokes. Located in Fisher Island, FL and Long Island, NY, the sources from which Brown draws her inspiration are diverse, but buried within her art are stories of struggle and triumph.
New Orleans mixed media artist James Henderson continues to explore the idea of surfacing memories, with two new works that incorporate photography, acrylic, and plaster. Henderson's work is an examination of our personal history and the relationships and experiences we have with the people that surround us.
Gallery newcomer and Cuban artist Piki Mendizabal is presenting a large scale work (pictured above), which is inspired by the classical French heritage and Caribbean fusion of New Orleans. A student at Cuba's National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro, Piki arrived in the United States in 2008 to pursue his career as an artist.
Born and raised in coastal Alabama, Brad Robertson was initially inspired by the area’s oak and pine trees and the Gulf of Mexico. Robertson is featuring three new works, which combine elements of color and texture to evoke eternal, multi-layered shorelines, landscapes, and horizons.
Octavia artist Betsy Stewart is presenting two new triptychs from her Aquazoa series. Using biomorphic images, these works examine the microscopic, mutually dependent life systems found in pond water; giving these images a presence speaks to our fragile position in the cosmos.
New York artist, Gabriele Vigorelli is represented by two large scale canvases, which feature the artist's vibrant colors and complex geometric arrangements. As a Milan native, Vigorelli's exposure as a young man to the ancient masters and modern luminaries of art are injected into his work.