"Light" Part-1

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February 9 - March 12, 2023

LIGHT

Ioana Barac

Brandin Barón

Mark Battista

Lisa Benson

Paul Berger

Kraig Binkowski

Marsha Borden

Frank Bruckmann

Jill Butcher

Bill Butcher

Louise Cadoux

Allen Camp

Joseph Cavalieri

Kelly Clark

Ann Cofta

Jeanette Compton

Penrhyn Cook

Rod Cook

Michael Corthell

Ronald Crowcroft

Jay Daugherty

Erich Davis

Rosemary Devlin

Carol Dunn

Thomas Edwards

Joan Emmet

LIGHT

February 9 - March 12, 2023

Joe Fekieta

Chris Ferguson

Florin Firimita

Marc Fisher

Jonathan Gaetke

Sean Gallagher

Matthew Garrett

Robert Giannotti

Nancy Gladwell

David Gootnick

Rene Gortat

Dan Gries

Andrea Haas

Eddie Hall

Heidi Harrington

Kate Henderson

Kong Ho

Ellen Hoverkamp

Kathy Katella-Cofrancesco

William Kluba

Sheldon Krevit

Janet Leombruni

Howard Margules

Sven Martson

Zoe Matthiessen

Michael McCarter

Sean McCusker

Lauren McDermott

Pj Mills

Roy Money

Masha Morgunova

Paul M. Murray

Julie O’Connor

Hilary Opperman

David Ottenstein

Hank Paper

Eric Renard

Mia Rollins

Eunice Roy

Charles Schiller

Sheri Schwarz

Mark K.St. Mary

Karin Stanley

Kathy Stark

Shawn Sullivan

Tom Swimm

Basia Tov

R.F. Wilton

Marjorie Wolfe

Gloss/Velvet embossed vinyl, led lights

72 x 24 x 24

Ioana Barac Luminescence $1,500.00

Ioana Barac

Ioana Barac is a designer and maker of urban ornament and art whose practice straddles the disciplines of sculpture, architecture and urban design. Ioana is partner at Atelier Cue, a New Haven based place-making and public art studio committed to community engagement, which she co-founded with architect Marissa Mead in 2018. From human to city scaled creations, the studio’s work incorporates rhythm, light and narrative elements to connect us with our public places and each other.

Initially trained in Bucharest, Romania, Ioana received her undergraduate degree from the University of Hartford and a Master’s degree in architecture from Yale University. Ioana teaches ornament, architecture, and urban design at the University of Hartford’s Department of Architecture.

Luminescence

The piece is the newest addition to our “Folds” series of floating luminaires. Its garlands of illuminated folded planes are composed as glow-in-the dark life-forms in swaying movement. I created Luminescence for this winter’s Edgerton Park Luminary Walk Light Art exhibit, the yearly one-night display commissioned by the Park’s Conservancy and choreographed by Atelier Cue in reverence to the cosmic cycles and celebrating the return of longer days.

@imbarac

@ateliercue

Barón
the Sightless Couriers of the Air
Brandin
Upon
Photograph on cotton paper with gouache 16 x19 $300

Brandin Barón

“Upon the sightless couriers of the air” is from a series of artworks entitled “Stars Hide Your Fires”.

William Hazlitt described Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” as “an unruly chaos of strange and forbidden things, where the ground rocks under our feet.” “Stars, Hide Your Fires” takes its name from a textual fragment with this play, and depicts a world cloaked in shadows and roiling with atmospheric dynamism. The chaos of the natural and political worlds in Shakespeare’s Kingdom of Scotland mirrors today’s crisis of national identity. This series of paintings, photographs, assemblage, and mixed media takes on Macbeth’s themes of king-making, fortune, the glimmering world that exists beyond everyday reality, and the idealization and theatrical performance of violence.

“Stars Hide Your Fires” was presented as a solo exhibition at the Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, Missouri from May 8–June 19, 2020; individual artworks from this series have been exhibited at national juried group exhibitions since 2017. More information at http://www.brandinbaron.com/index#/stars-hide-your-fires-2017

Artist Biography:

Brandin Barón is a San Francisco-based visual artist. After receiving his M.F.A from the University of California, San Diego, he has worked professionally as a fine and digital artist, graphic designer, and costume designer for theatrical productions, and design scholar. From 2006-2018, he was a Professor of Design at The University of California, Santa Cruz.

website: http://www.brandinbaron.com

Instagram: @brandinbaron

Mark Battista

Mark Battista

Lisa Benson

Tripods

Plaster, acrylics, waxes, wood, metal tubing, LED light, motion sensor

6 x 4 x 7

$435

Lisa Benson Looking for a Spot

Plaster, acrylics, waxes, wood, metal tubing, LED light, motion sensor

6 x 4 x 7

$435

Lisa Benson

I’m Lisa Benson, and I’m here to guide you to your own moments of awe. I use visual narratives to explore stories and recreate wonder. As I explore my own artistic nature, I shape, mold, and create. My mediums are clay, plaster, and the light and shadows they form. I explore the possibilities found in the smallest of moments. I mold and craft scenes imaginary and real, designed to transport you to new worlds and reimagine familiar ideas. Moments that take your breath away are everywhere, in everything. The search for them is an ongoing voyage—one on which I hope you will join me. Let’s find wonder together.

Lisa Benson is a professional sculptor who fuels her artistic fire through travel, personal development, and diving into her favorite books and podcasts. Through her art, she seeks to inspire and educate others. Lisa has been a sculptor for Skylight Studios and manager for the Caproni Collection, both family-owned, since 2013. She graduated from New York Academy of Art, magna cum laude, in 2012.

Instagram: @thelisarobincreates

About “Looking for a Spot”

This piece was inspired by a true story.

This piece was super fun to create because it was inspired by a story of an illustrator trying to make it in NYC. I was abler to create a sketchy and artsy style to give it that feeling. The Illustrator seemed to be trying to not only find his place in the world, but also legal parking in NYC where parking laws were confounding to him. I loved the metaphor of trying to find a spot in life and also just a physical spot to park. So I sculpted him noticing a parking ticket while his drawings blow away.

As brief as my time was in NYC as an art student and young artist, I feel like that experience carries on for life. There’s an energy and vibrancy to the art scene, as well as a lot of barriers and walls. It’s both exciting and confounding.

I heard this person’s story a few years ago, and I wonder how he is doing now. I hope he has found a good spot to park.

If you want to hear the story that inspired this, check out Episode #3 from Chris Gethard’s Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People podcast.

Paul Berger

Paul Berger

Textile (Hand-Knit)

4 x 12 $125

Marsha Borden Good Day Sunshine

Marsha Borden

My piece is about the lightness of youth – the casual, carefree feeling some of us were lucky enough to have experienced before the pressures of adulthood kicked in. Awareness of one’s body, the emergence of powerful sexual feelings – coming of age - is a potent time for many. Even now, when I hear a particular song or two, I am transported back to a happier time – long, lazy days, hot sun warming my body, the feeling of my barely-there swimsuit against my skin, the furtive glances of boys, the sense that this time in my life could last forever.

This piece is also about memory, for as Marcel Proust, the great French writer said, “Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.” A childhood memory is a dream, shaped by the years as they move forward. Like a rock tumbler, time and memory take the raw, rough, edges of life and smooth them until they become something else, still mostly the same, and yet different.

https://marshaborden.com/

IG: @marshamakes

Frank Bruckmann Translucence Oil on canvas 54 x 32 $4800

Frank Bruckmann

Bill Butcher Illuminated Heart 46x39 Exotic hardwoods,acrylic on canvas $3500.00

Bill Butcher

This image emanated from a glowing landscape scene that had a form that resembled a heart shape. This shape shone brightly as if illuminated from within. The shape of the overall piece is remanicant of a letter envelope..so the glowing heart is really a love letter of sorts.

Jill Abele Butcher The Gardener Acrylic on canvas 37 x 25 $2500

“The Gardener” (resting outside at a table) is a painting which is concerned with the creation of “llight” in a 2-fold approach. First, there is the reality of figure, still life objects, garden and surfaces. Together, they make up a set of relationships knit together by an angle of light from right to left as shown by shadow and color. Second, there is the physical surface of the canvas, the picture plane, flattened by pattern and only slightly concerned with perspective. Simultaneously, this composition works as a whole in both traditional and contemporary ways.

Jill Abele Butcher tells a story of contemplation in her paintngs. The mysterious world of images and ideas are an impetus for her visual statements. Her creative mind wants to solve a problem, form an idea, find an answer, build a structure and compose an artifact. For her, the birth of a new image reveals the forming of a new story, told in a unique visual language, with a fresh eye, and a new hope.

Jill is a graduate of Drake University with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. She is a retired art teacher and has exhibited her work in many professional art shows. Among them are the Connecticut Academy of Fiine Arts, the Connecticut Artist Juried Exhibition at the Slater Memorial Museum, New Haven Paint and Clay Club Juried Exhibition, Beth El Temple Juried Exhibition, the Cooperstown, New York National Juried Exhibition.

Louise Cadoux Invisibility Cloak Wire, wiremesh, hardware, paint 56 x 34 x 8 $1500

Louise Cadoux

Invisibility Cloak

It’s easy to be invisible; wear a mask, put on some sunglasses, a baseball cap and no one can read you. For the last couple of years we have all been more or less invisible.

With my piece I wanted to show that we all have universes inside of us if we could only shine the light!

louisealemancadoux.com

@louisealemancadou

Acrylic on linen 23
24
Allen Camp Hoos They’re
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$675

allencamp.net

instagram.com/alfcamp

Allen Camp

Joseph Cavalieri

Seven Endor Nightlights

Silk screened enamel paint kiln fired onto stained glass, solder and plastic votive 6x3x3

$ 70 each

My art is a comical bunch of seven Endora nightlights. They are functional stained glass nightlights featuring my all time fa- vorite Agnes Moorehead as Endora from the American TV series Bewitched.

Why Endora? As a child in the 1970s Endora had quite a strong appeal to me, so much so that I dressed as her for Hal- loween in fifth grade. Her eccentric character appealed to my naughty side with her tricks and bewitching spells placed on Samantha’s husband Darrin. I loved the fact that her spells and tricks never attempted to kill off Darrin outright, but were only used to get on his nerves, so he remained alive for the next episode! In the end, Darrin and Samantha’s love always survived.

The image is silk screened black enamel paint on stained glass. The glass is fired in a kiln at 1290 degrees Fahrenheit which melts the paint permanently onto the glass surface. I then solder the work together. A flickering plastic votive is included for each lamp. It is battery powered and lasts one hundred and twenty hours. Sweet dreams from Joseph Cavalieri and Endora!

Kelly Clark Immersed Oil on canvas 18 x 24 $2,800

Kelly Clark

The subject of my work continues to be my passion for being in water. I am happiest in the sea or a pool. When I was younger, like many kids, I loved to explore the sensation of being in water because it was so different than being on land. Jumping in, swimming, splashing, laughing—feeling free and wild. But even more, I loved being completely underwater. Everything was quiet down there. I felt a weightless grace—gliding, twirling, dancing, all in slow-motion.

This painting, “Immersed,” aims to evoke these feelings. It depicts a brief, breath-holding moment—the girl is completely still, and entirely consumed by this weightless sensation. She is fully aware, held only by water, with her hair swirling and moving about—and the light dancing on her face.

Website: kellyclarkart.com

Instagram: @kellyclarkstudi

Ann Cofta

Matchbook Polyptych

Medium: fabric, thread, paint and batting

5 @ 8.5 x 10.5

$250 for each framed pair (5 total)

Ann Cofta

I am a New York City based textile artist whose work combines sewing, printmaking, embroidery and quilting techniques. Lately, my art has been focused on recording objects from the past, and exploring their relationship to time and memory. My work evokes a sense of nostalgia, and celebrates vintage items that subtly speak to our universal interconnectedness across generations.

I like to experiment with different subject matter and with scale. Retro items I have depicted include typewriters, rotary phones and matchbooks. I am drawn to mid-century modern design, and that is reflected in the fabrics I use. While the matchbooks here are close to actual size, the series included a range with one that is over two feet tall. Working in miniature is also fun. Most of my typewriters are only three inches tall. There is something both playful and absurd about exaggerated sizes.

This show’s theme of light holds so many possibilities. As an action it is positive; think of someone who lights up a room. It conjures up imagery that is warm and welcoming. I like the idea of matches representing a spark of an idea or bringing brightness and hope into the world.

My art has regularly been exhibited in galleries and exhibitions throughout the tristate area. I have had six solo shows in New York City. I welcome visitors to my studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn by appointment.

Instagram: @anncofta

Website: anncofta.com

Email: anncofta@gmail.com

Jeanette Compton Love in a Mist Pen and Ink12 x 15 NFS

Jeanette Compton

Jeanette Compton is a pen and ink artist and educator interested in the intersection of nature and art. A lifelong resident of the New Haven area, Jeanette strives to convey a personal respect and appreciation for the natural world, especially in its sometimes unnoticed details. The subjects of her art include nests, branches, bark, fungi and other found objects, especially those for which shadow and texture come into play.

Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibits including Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, CT, Gallery MC, New York, NY, Keyes Gallery, Stony Creek, CT, Limner Gallery, Hudson NY, Arts Center East, Vernon, CT, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT, Ives Gallery NHFPL, New Haven CT, Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, RI, View Arts Center, Old Forge, NY. Jeanette is a guest instructor at the Yale Peabody Museum’s Natural Science Illustration Program.

Jeanette received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Education from Southern Connecticut State University.

Penrhyn Cook Information Night Light Archival Pigment Print 22 x 28 $450

Penrhyn Cook

Often viewed from afar so that I can take in the full palette of shapes and light before me, I document things that other people overlook; the serendipitous moments that make life interesting: the presentation of contradictions, innocence, and humor. I don’t set out to capture these emotions, I just find them; here and there: wedged between the here and now: a rift between the dimensions. https://www.penrodphotographs.com/

Rod Cook Information

Punk Portrait 1

Photography Carbon Pigment Print 20 x 20

$350

Rod Cook

One in a series of studio portraits of club kids taken in the late 80’s and recently printed.

Michael Corthell Good Morning Digital Capture on Metal 20 x 16 $575.00

Michael Corthell

Michael Corthell (b.1950) is a New England-based, self-taught artist working in photography, mixed media, and ceremony. He is also a master’s trained transpersonal psychologist with an interest in indigenous spiritual traditions.

His first solo exhibition of personal photography, “Night Light”, was exhibited at the City Hall Gallery in Cambridge Massachusetts, and a second solo exhibition (displaying both his photography and mixed media art) was held at Bentley University.

In 1997, his art making was put on hold, to focus on a graduate degree in Psychology, a career in Labor and Employee Relations, and to raise his family. He returned to exhibiting art in 2015. Since then, his images have been included in numerous juried exhibitions, both nationally and internationally including: the New York Center for Photographic Arts, the Cape Cod Art Center, the Bromfield Gallery Boston, the PH21 Gallery Budapest Hungary, and the Glasgow Gallery of Photography Scotland.

Corthell has also collaborated with other artists on various public art projects, including winning first prize (three times) in the annual Ipswich Sand Castle Competition.

Statement

The very act of witnessing an object is a profoundly spiritual gesture. Whether it is a blazing sunset, or a single, fallen leaf resting on the snow, the creation process of the Universe is not entirely complete, until the object has been observed and thus acknowledged. A Buddhist koan wonders about the existence of a tree not observed in the forest. Quantum physicists ponder the idea of “super positioning” and the aliveness of  “Schrödinger’s cat”.

However, witnessing is not a simple objective activity. For it involves experiencing an object through both a uniquely personal set of sensory inputs, and a lifetime of acquired constructs, which neuro scientists explain we utilize to “imagine” our own idiosyncratic version of “Reality”.

My art involves capturing an image with a camera, and then deliberately processing that image, until there is a sense of harmonic alignment with both the original object and my own personal witnessing experience. The final result (I would like to think) is a furthering of the original Universe’s creation process, and (perhaps in some small way) an expansion of the object’s potentiality of Being.

Website: michaelcorthell.online

Instagram: @shapeshiftah

Ron Crowcroft Illuminator Ink on paper 12 x 18 $300

Ron Crowcroft

Ron Crowcroft is an English artist who works in a wide variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, performance art, conceptual art, video, experimental electronic music, poetry, and humor.

Ron has a degree in Fine Art from Leeds Polytechnic, in England, in 1976, which was at that time the most avant-garde art school in Europe, and the center for performance art in England. His photographs from that time were exclusively used in a traveling multi-media project by Paul Rooney, ‘Thin Air’, which is on permanent display at the new Leeds University arts building. In 2020, Ron was given a whole chapter in a book about the Leeds Polytechnic Fine Art Dept., written by James Charnley.

Ron was in an experimental electronic and acoustic improvisation music group, New 7th Music, in England, from 1979-82, and was involved in the DIY indie music scene at that time. He has released cassettes and CDs of his music on an ongoing basis since then. Some of his music has appeared on local college radio stations, and a vinyl album of his early music, Mundane Recordings 1980-1985, was released in Germany by VOD Records in July 2016.

He was involved with the worldwide Mail Art scene in the late 70s, and was also associated with several Dada and Fluxus-oriented groups.

Ron moved to the USA in 1982, and has been living in Connecticut since then. His work has been shown in many galleries and alternative spaces in Connecticut, New York, and around the world.

He has been mentioned, had artwork, recollections, and poetry and writings published, in a variety of art, music and spiritual magazines and books. In 2022, a performance art photo and recollections were included in the book ‘No Machos or Pop Stars: When The Leeds Art Experiment Went Punk’, by Gavin Butt.

Various mail art pieces and publications are archived in The Museum of Modern Art NYC, The National Library of Australia, California Institute of The Arts, The Virginia Commonwealth University, The Lomholt Mail Art Archive, and The University of Iowa.

Ron was a panel member for a discussion celebrating the 100th anniversary of Dada, at The New Britain Museum of American Art, in March 2016. This included live performance and audience participation.

Ron’s interest in the creative process has led him to self-publish a booklet, Art and Creativity Notes, now in its fourth edition.

Ron’s work in various media can be viewed at roncrowcroft.com. Music and experimental electronic soundwork can be heard at roncrowcroft.bandcamp.com. Email: roncrowcroft07@gmail.com

I work in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, music/experimental sound work, performance art, conceptual art, poetry and humor.

Art website: roncrowcroft.com

Music/sound work: roncrowcroft.bandcamp.com

Jay Daugherty Now It’s The Women’s Turn Oil on canvas 30 x 40 $3600.00

Within a fractured cubist interior, a central icon bathed in light is framed on by two pink stone figures. The leftmost figure leaps from a stone formation while the rightmost figure stands upon a small square building on an island. The building contains a glowing pillar and several captivated human-like forms. Larger biomorphic forms emerge from the water and surround the icon. This includes two couples, the first of which are conjoined and ride astride a glowing dolphin, while a second pair embrace slightly further back. A lone hand reaches from the water toward the ceiling and is counterbalanced by a fragmented doorway to the left of the icon. The analogous gemstone color scheme contrasts with the harsh lighting of the spotlight

The title of this work is borrowed from Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Bluebeard, which presents the fictional autobiography of an abstract expressionist who conceals his final painting, Now It’s the Women’s Turn inside a potato barn. Both Vonnegut’s fictional painting and mine are symbolic champions of creation over destruction, provoking considerations regarding the construction of gender and the negative repercussions of essentialism.

My surreal dreamworlds are often inspired by esoteric Buddhist philosophy, the phenomenology of pictorial space, and theories of perception. I approach each image like a metaphor with the goal of demonstrating that, just as words stand in place for the objects we mean by naming them, paintings shows us that there are no more essential essences found within real objects than there is within the alphabet. Painting is consequently both a cosmological and alchemical act.

Jsdaugherty.com

https://www.instagram.com/nyonpa_art/

Erich J Davis Illumination Flame formed acrylic panel 72 x 30 x 24 $6750

Erich Davis

“Illumination” is part of a series of suspended sculptures consisting dynamic acrylic forms that come alive as they emerge from a two dimensional plane through an organic and reactive growth process. The piece is installation of the work utilizes cast light to fill the translucent body of the sculpture making it appear to glow from within. This organic entity, apparently floating in space, is affected by nearly every subtle influence within the immediate environment, causing the piece to twist and turn gently as if to be observing it’s surroundings. The analogy of this piece and the larger series suggests that as we continue to evolve and adjust to our influences it is our inner light that we must ultimately follow and allow to shine to realize our potential.

Crystalized
Spray paint, plexiglas, wood, black light 26 x 12.5 x 5.5
Rosemary Devlin
Concept
NFS

Rosemary Devlin

After years of working as a graphic designer/copywriter, I once again started taking tentative steps on a journey I began years ago: becoming an artist. As I travel down this road, my ultimate goal is to connect with the world by expressing my individual thoughts, feelings, ideas. I am constantly exploring different mediums, styles, techniques, as I search for my own unique voice. Whether it’s a traditional still life or a more abstract statement piece, every project presents an opportunity to grow, to learn.

Crystalized Concept is an exploration of light and space created using spray paint, Plexiglas, wood, and black lights. In this layered composition, soft, fluid forms coalesce around a single crystal, rather like when random thoughts morph into refined ideas. This piece evolved from several similar enclosed light boxes I created. It takes the concept a step further, literally going outside the box, with a piece that transitions from 2D to 3D.

I’m excited to continue exploring this direction and seeing where it leads. For me, art is all about the process, the challenge, or as Paul Klee wrote, “What is really important, really essential, is the way. After all, becoming is superior to being.” I am still “becoming.”

Instagram: @rosedevlin

Carol
Dunn Blue Moon Altered Photograph 15 x 18 $175

Carol Dunn

I enjoy working with many non-traditional mediums, and I am always taking classes to learn and experiment with new materials and techniques. I also like to combine many techniques into one piece, which often makes it difficult to explain to someone exactly how something was created. Although I currently work primarily in mixed media and printmaking, my first love has always been photography.

More than anything else in the creative process, I love the interplay of color and texture. I have spent countless hours photographing peeling paint and rusting metal. I love combining images in layers to create an entirely new image, marveling at how a space in one layer will allow the layer underneath to peak through. I layer images within Photoshop as well as physically, as when I print an altered photo on top of a traditional collage. I also like to experiment with different apps to create a digitally altered image. I have recently dived into the world of Artificial Intelligence to assist me in altering my photos.

About this piece:

Blue Moon started with a rather ordinary photo of a local barn. I altered it using Midjourney (Artificial Intelligence software) and Photoshop.

Contact Info

Carol Dunn

457 Hanover Main St, Baltic CT 06330

carol@caroldunnart.com

website: www.caroldunnart.com

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