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May 21, 2016 - June 18, 2016
Artists reception is Saturday, May 21st, 6-8pm
Fred Giampietro Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring the paintings of Peter Ramon and the work of Loren Myhre. On view in our project space are works by Steven Powers and Alteronce Gumby.
Peter Ramon writes, “My paintings are abstract, informed by nature, comprised of memory, sideways glances, fleeting thoughts... and unrelated meanderings. Like most artists I draw upon life experience, nature and the world around me. The tools I use, the approaches I take, have mostly to do with how I interpret those things at that particular time.”
Peter Ramon lives and works in Branford, CT. Ramon received his MFA from Indiana University and his BFA from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School. His work has been included in numerous exhibits, including the Moody Art Gallery at the University of Alabama and The New Britain Museum of American Art. His work can be found in many private collections.
Loren Myhre writes of his work, "I grew up with a father who is a gardener and horticulturalist. We had many greenhouses on our property and at a very early age, I would assist him in the nursery with transplanting a wide variety of plants and flowers. Working in the greenhouses presented a wordless world of possibility and freedom. The greenhouse existed as this laboratory for the cultivation of beauty that could exist apart from understanding or explanation. Being inundated with the beauty and magic of that creative labor has carried over to how I give attention to works of art. The poet Theodore Roethke is quoted as saying that his interpretation of the greenhouse, “is the symbol for the whole of life, a womb, a heaven on earth.” His quote resonates strongly within me. I believe that the making of art is the restorative process of bringing a form of “heaven to earth”. My work is a hybrid that feels equally rooted in this world and yet having been born from another. I find joy infusing in works of art notions of familiarity with passages of complete ambiguity. Objects that possess the ability of feeling particularized while slipping into free associative passages of poetry and profundity."
Myhre’s sculptures are in a Post-Minimalist vein with industrial elements supporting impoverished found material. The paintings often carry the bravura of Abstract Expressionist painting contained within specific rendered forms.
Loren Myhre was born in Iowa. He has lived in New York where he received an MFA from Parsons School of Design. He now resides in St. Augustine, FL where he teaches sculpture as an Adjunct Instructor of Art at Flagler College.