“Narrative-Artwork That Tells aStory” will open first Saturday July 6 from 6:PM-9:PM at Star House Gallery, a new gallery in Kingston, NY.
Curated by Director/Artist Nina Isabelle, this show speaks to the concepts of belief, reality, and intention. Some believe the artistic process is life itself. To what extent does artwork impact the narrative of life? Can we "draw" the future we desire?
Artists include Amy Ackerman, Scott Michael Ackerman, Jacinta Bunnell, Bronson Eden, and Cindy Hoose.
Scott Michael Ackerman is a self-taught artist living in Rosendale, NY. He paints on found objects like plywood, discarded silkscreen frames, old windows, doors, or other job-site scraps; a reflection of natural ingenuity stemming from his hard working rough-and-tumble background in both construction and BMX. He uses a non-traditional array of mixed media including house paint, sharpies, pens and pencils, spray paint, or anything else handy. Scotts popularity has spread beyond the east coast to California, Virginia, Hawaii, Miami, and Bergen, Holland. His work is included in The Navarro Residence collection in Los Angeles, CA.
Amy Ackerman's work is both somber and uplifting. Adrift in a watercolor washed atmosphere her illustrated figures float skyward out of the everyday humdrum with weightless magic. She is inspired by nature and particularly by the sky. “The sky is the most beautiful thing to me. Even a rainy day is beautiful in its own way.” Her work expresses the mystery and magic of nature.
Artwork by Jacinta Bunnell, author and designer of the Gendertastic Discotheque Coloringbook and co-founder of Hudson Valley B.R.A.W.L., an arm wrestling league for ladies will be on display. Her work has been shown at Allegheny College Art Galleries, KMOCA, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Rosendale Cafe, TeamLove Ravenhouse Gallery, and Roos Arts. She has also toured the U.S. and Canada with The Gadabout Film Fest, Neko Case, DavEnd, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Julie Novak, and Michael Truckpile.
Cindy Hoose lives in Kingston, NY. Her childlike creativity blossomed after becoming a mother. Her process of incorporating pieces of castaway children's books, quirky landscapes, salvaged material, and pots of paint has unleashed a cast of characters who exist among the backdrops of her paintings and mixed media collage. Cindy studied art at SUNY New Paltz and works at The Hudson Valley Sudbury School.
Bronson Eden's work, originally shown at Civilian Warfare in the East Village, will also be on display. His work and life suit the “Narrative-Artwork That Tells a Story” concept as illustrated in his reminiscence of the 80's East Village Art Scene. He writes:
"Back in the early eighties I was working at New York Central Art Supply on 3rd ave. when i met Dean Savard. He and his partner Alan Barrows were opening a new gallery on East 11th st called Civilian Warfare and he asked me to show there. I had attended SVA in the late sixties and was trained as a minimalist, studying with Eva Hesse, Sol Lewitt, Mel Bochner, Keith Sonnier and others of that school, but later I became interested in the new style that was evolving downtown. It was a hybrid of radical expressionism, street art and graffiti. I knew a couple of collectors of folk and outsider art and that found its way in there too. The east village at the time was really like a village - the artists lived, worked, played and exhibited in the same general area, and everybody knew each other. What happened next was strange. Ignored by the NYC art establishment, we were discovered by a few pioneering european galleries. Many of us were showing, selling work and getting press in Europe at a time when the soho and uptown galleries were resisting new ideas. Eventually the local press did pick up on it and the whole crazy east village art scene exploded into the public's awareness. It was an amazing pop phenomenon for a few years, great fun. Then people started dying of a mysterious disease. There was much confusion and fear. sadly, many of my friends died in that plague, including Dean. That and the crash of '87 pretty much finished off the East Village scene.The east village style has left its legacy though, and had a major influence on popular culture - fashion, web design, cd covers, outsider art, and art folklore. my own work at the time was deliberately wild, outrageous and funny, and that influence remains with me today. The works in this show are all vintage East Village, shown at Civilian Warfare and discussed in reviews in Arts Magazine, The Village Voice, Paper Magazine, and others. On one occasion, Grace Glueck of the New York Times mentioned my work favorably, but declined to describe it - too ribald for the gray lady!" -Bronson Eden
Narrative-Artwork That Tells a Story opens first Saturday July 6th from 6:PM-9:PM at Star House Gallery located at 77 Cornell St. #316 in Kingston, NY, with a musical performance by Elizabeth Dieleman. The show runs through July 27. More information is available at www.starhousegallery.com