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315 Peck Street Gallery - Becca Lowry - be me I'll be you, Oriane Stender & Sol LeWitt - Works on paper
October 17, 2014 - November 15, 2014
with works in the office by Jaena Kwon
Opening Reception is Friday, October 17th from 6-8pm
FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery, 315 Peck Street, New Haven, Ct
FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery is pleased to present new works by Becca Lowry in her exhibition titled, “Be Me I’ll Be You” and works on paper by Oriane Stender & Sol LeWitt. This is Becca’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.
Becca Lowry describes her work in a recent statement, “these pieces are built to protect. They are shields, force fields, and talismans, each custom-made to safeguard against a particular threat: One will ward off an impending storm, another will scatter daemons, a third will hold tight to your heart while you do something ridiculously, recklessly brave. They’re not meant to be aggressive exactly – the pointy edges are more like the decorative fringe of a headdress than they are the tip of a spear. I think, instead, they’re meant to hold a person up, to bolster strength and resolution in a moment of great uncertainty. And then, when the coast is most certainly clear, they should be hung, quietly, carefully, back on the wall.
If I could make a shield for everyone in the world I would. And if these shields actually worked - if, like spiderman’s suit, they fused to the body of the vulnerable and awakened superhuman strength and courage, - if there were actually something that I could build to give a kid wings, to amplify a small voice, to distill anger into forgiveness, then I would be obliged, and you would be obliged, to stop whatever it is we’re doing right now and mass-produce these things.”
Lowry graduated from Smith College in North Hampton, MA with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She is self-taught and has exhibited throughout New England. Her work is in the many prestigious private collections.
Oriane Stender writes in a recent statement, “I was named after a character in Marcel Proust’s A la Recherche du Temps Perdu, so in addition to being a landmark modern novel and a cultural touchstone, it is an authoritative text that functions as a sort of personal origin myth for me. It has at times felt like a heavy legacy - so long, so intricate and in French, something that I couldn’t hope to live up to. Drawing -and sometimes writing- onto the pages of the book has been a way for me to reclaim my own authorship, to be the protagonist of my own story without denying or rejecting the legacy that has been handed down to me.
Stender studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States. Stender’s work can be found in many major and private collections including The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC.
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October 10, 2014 - November 22, 2014
Opening reception is Friday, October 10th from 6-8pm
FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery is pleased to present new works by Karen Dow and Laurie Gundersen in an exhibition titled, Cross Currents.
Karen Dow makes flat work, yet the architectural and sculptural elements within belie their flatness. The distinct layers in the artist's newest body of work act in surprising ways, exposing forms while ghost images reveal themselves under marble dust gray. Like exposed composite rock segments, striations appear. Stacked and patchworked forms assert themselves as the gray fogs over layered and masked formations. Most of these solid forms are the final layer, completing the balancing act. Within Dow's painting, there is always the possibility of imbalance and irregular shapes ready to topple at the slightest breeze.
Dow has spent the last few years using printmaking techniques to create unique works on paper. The act of creating these monoprints itself has influenced the artists approach to the painting process. By inking hand cut materials, variable color and texture appear in the print process. Dow has recreated this indeterminacy by masking her canvas laid affixed to board with a hand cut frisket, an opaque vinyl material that adheres to the surface. The hand cut line wobbles, making both the mask another way for the artists hand to come across. By painting over all but these masked areas, the artist creates an "Aha" moment when she excavates the relics left behind. Louise Nevelson's irregular forms, composed of collaged remnants, serve as both an apt comparison as well the artists’ inspiration. Rather than work with collage, the artist builds a thorough world beneath and chooses her own remnants.
Signal, 2014 is a multitiered work, containing several blocks of color. In the upper left, a square is divided black on the left and gray on the right. It appears to be right at the front of the plane, helped some by a red/orange layer behind it. This small area recalls Barnett Newman's zips as well as Pat Steir's large nearly monochromatic diptychs. The red and orange area in the middle left of the plane, also propped on a ledge, is a focal point and causes the eye to draw up to the dark area and then over to the right to view the "flag". The flag is an area with a four segment square. All around the gray midtone, adds a muted field of light. With Signal, 2014 soft, dusty colors recede and bring to mind Giorgio Morandi's Etruscan palate. The dominant colors, autumnal yellow and orange and gauzy sky blue, light the way. Everywhere a counter balance of color is assumed, dispersing weight around the plane.
- Jeff Bergman
Laurie Gundersen writes in a recent statement, “I am a utilitarian folk artist:
a dyer, spinner, weaver, quilter and basket maker. Primarily self-taught, I have explored these various media by diving into materials close at hand. Fascinated by the creative ways of making folk art from scrap, I make textiles reflecting that spirit and my love for blending contemporary designs with traditional techniques.
This collection of small textiles has helped me reflect and remember the people whose work in textiles have inspired me and provided movement in my life. Annie Albers, Lenore Tawney, Mary Hambridge, Randall Darwall, Hiroko Harada & Yoshiko Wada to name a few. Over the past decades my craft has slowly evolved, eventually leaving the art-to-wear movement behind. However, I have been gathering textiles over the last three decades in hopes of constructing art with it. Here is the new beginning of that process.”
Gundersen lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Her studio/showroom is called Appalachian Piecework and is located at the train depot in Staunton.
Fred.Giampietro Gallery specializes in emerging and mid-career contemporary art.
This exhibition will take place at the Fred Giampietro Gallery’s new downtown location, 91 Orange St., in the historic 9th-Square district. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 11 AM to 6 PM.