SUMMIT: Four Points of View In Painting and Drawing
Nyack Home Converts Into Contemporary Art Space
Sunday, November 6, 2011, 11am-3pm | 68 Summit Street, Nyack, NY 10960
SUMMIT is an ephemeral exhibit of 4 artists who live in Nyack and the surrounding area.
From 2-6pm on Saturday, October 29, a 135 year-old home on Summit Street in Nyack will subvert notions of the traditional gallery by transforming into a contemporary art space to showcase the work of four artists. Small and large drawings and paintings will be hung in an unexpected ascending space – a three story staircase. The experience of ascending and reaching an unknown “summit” will occur alongside viewing the works from an unfamiliar perspective. Additional works on paper and canvas will be on exhibit in the home’s living room-cum-temporary gallery where a reception will be held.
Nyack has long been known as a progressive, arts community, yet contemporary art galleries remain in short supply. SUMMIT: Four Points of View In Painting and Drawing aims to create a stimulating, although temporary, alternative gallery experience for the art scene and the community. In addition to Saturday’s show, the work can be viewed by appointment only the following day. That evening it will all come down and the home will reclaim its domestic identity.
About the artists:
Ruth Waldman’s current body of work explores the struggle – and the simultaneous attraction and repulsion – that occurs in the meeting of opposing energies and forces, such as the angelic and the diabolic, the spiritual and the material, the higher and the lower. Her drawings, while intensely contemporary, represent the same artistic synthesis of opposites from which the Minotaur, Renaissance grotesques and the fantasies of Hieronymus Bosch derive.
Patricia Blanco’s work is an intuitive personal resolution, a product of her obsessive nature to experience truth in her relationship with the world. It begins with a new canvas or drawing, the emotion that greets it – whether conscious or unconscious – and then builds through a significant leap into uncertainty led by her psychic wilderness. The action of making the work, while varying, is uninhibited, charged and finds an ending in poised abstract suspension and identity.
Vivian Kahra’s paintings and drawings show journeys through inner worlds. These worlds appear in between reality and dreams. While pointing out the constant movement of images and memories in our minds, she focuses on revealing the delicate development of a painting: “It is about the tardiness of a puddle of water color, the quick ride of a dissolved oil brush, the tender perpetuity of a pencil stroke, the apparently never ending masking and cutting of the tape, the
beautifully flowing draw of the wide hake brush.” Her results on canvas or paper are as volatile as the memory of a beautiful moment.
Serena Depero’s fascination with the materials has been a driving force in all of her work. She constructs paintings using layers of color, which are applied based on a series of formal and intuitive choices. She often works and reworks a piece until each shape falls into place. Nature and personal memories are recurrent themes. Fragments of urban landscapes make their way into the canvases. The visual richness of these places parallels her fascination with layering, and offers constant inspiration.