SUFFOLK COUNTY NEWS - APRIL 11, 2013
Artwork outside the box
Marsha Solomon, The Mandolin, Acrylic on Canvas, 42 x 50 in.
Painter Marsha Solomon shows her work at BAFFA art studio in Sayville
By CARY MAYA
Through April 21, artist Marsha Solomon is presenting a unique exhibit of her work at the Bay Area Friends of Fine Arts (BAFFA) art studio on Gillette Avenue. Upon entering the front room of the gallery one is met by what the artist termed “Rhythm to Form,” a series of abstract paintings. She’s long been inspired by the early abstract expressionists such as Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis, but has developed her own voice.
Marsha Solomon, Rhythms of Containment, Acrylic on Canvas, 42 x 50 in
In “Rhythms of Containment,” an acrylic on canvas, the idea, according to the artist, was to have the brushwork surrounding the inner shape of the piece, providing a special element to the creation. She explains that it resembles “walking into the painting.” The piece resembles a well that the viewer could imagine walking deeper and deeper into. “You can use your imagination and see different representations of nature, of skies, of waters, an imaginary space for the viewer to enjoy,” she said.
“Impressions in Whispered Colors,” has a bright orange center, surrounded in black and edged in brown back brush strokes. “Some of my pieces are more dynamic and energetic,” the artist explained, “this one is more quiet and Zen-like, very peaceful.” In the rear room of the gallery are works Solomon refers to as realism pieces. According to the artist, her series “Tapestries” shows her love of Henri-Emile-Benoit Matisse and post-impressionist painter Pierre Bonnard.
“The Sand Dollar” is comprised of sandals, shells and assorted other common items. “I love working patterns together with objects that I use repeatedly over and over again,” Solomon explained. Living in such close proximity to the water, she admits a special affinity for nature as evidenced in her piece, “Nasturtium Flowers,” comprised of a flowerpot, a vase, a strand of shells and a group of starfish. She explained that this piece promotes her belief that abstract and realism painting can work together and she wants to create a new form where you can see them as harmonious. In connecting together all the fabrics she hopes to create new designs to create a composition.
Books written by Solomon with accompanying artwork are also exhibited as well as smaller paintings. In the one titled, “Nocturne” a nighttime scene is offset by a clear blue ocean. “Still Life With Roses” is a watercolor copper pot and a purple vase. “Imaginary Landscape,” a relatively new addition, is done on paper with colored pens, which the consummate artist keeps with her at all times to have whenever the mood strikes her to draw.
The piece “Serapi” is named for the type of material used to create it. Solomon describes it as an “ethnic material,” worn and “very related to the abstract paintings.” The artist said it has a musical feel to it.
“Sumi Ink On Canvas” stands out the most, a big black and grey piece created with sumi ink (a permanent black ink made of lampblack and blue binder, also known as Chinese ink). The work contains a loop of grape vines that the artist used sumi brushes to create. Used in China to create the intricate art of calligraphy, Solomon taught herself how to utilize the ink.
The BAFFA (Bay Area Friends of the Fine Arts) gallery is located in the historic Gillette House at 47 Gillette Ave. in Sayville. For information about the gallery and future events visit their website at www.baffa.org for event details.