oct. 21, 2011 – nov. 26, 2011 Go Live Your Own Life
In their first joint exhibition, Leo Vayn, a photographer, and Irena Gobernik, a wood and mixed media sculptor, both from Princeton, NJ, explore the interplay and inter-dependency of the results of their inspirations.
There is nothing unusual that one artist uses the art of the other in his works. Sculpture especially is naturally predisposed to react to the environment and to be used in a certain context. But in this case this convention is taken a step further. Irena creates objects that by her design are meant to interact with surroundings and Leo, playing a role of a demiurge, tests them, puts them in different situations, creates narratives, while advancing his concept of “survival”. The resulting curious and touching portraits of the human-like beings create a stirring effect and serve as a social commentary on our own lives.
– Jeanne Heinz
dec. 2, 2011 – jan. 14, 2012 Life Colored In
I paint things that can be seen every day. I search for people, scenes and visual relationships that I like, empathize with, or at least am intrigued by. As a result, over the years I have begun to enjoy and look at a great variety of people and daily scenes.
It is my belief that for paintings to capture the thrill and wonder of life they need to be more than just realistic recordings but instead should exist as individual metaphors. My paintings are recreations of pastels I do directly on location. The pastels are thoroughly studied so that the resulting paintings are expressions and not just copies. I love color and search for colors that lie just beneath the surface. Thick oil paint conveys gesture and movement and creates an abstract painting that references the initial pastel but also elevates it to something, as Fairfield Porter would say “with a life of its own”.
Hopefully, the viewer can enjoy my work enough to make the leap to understanding my visual and emotional experience and can make it their own.
– Tom Brady
dec. 2, 2011 – jan. 14, 2012 Color on the Edge
Relationship (I always say) are never easy: the relationship is a composition of the part to the part, the part of the whole and the relationship of the piece to the viewer.
With this in mind I use titles to emotionalize these abstract pieces to help communicate a connection between the individual and the universal whole. This holds true no matter what medium I use. In creating the metal pieces I use recycled aluminum printing press plates which I sand, cut and glue onto wood panels. They are about energy and light, patterns and motion, the microcosm of life forms, and occasional satire.
– Dolores Poacelli
jan. 21, 2012 – feb. 25, 2012 Lunar Arrangements
The title of the exhibit comes from an ancient belief that the behavior of the moon could influence the behavior of human beings, from the well-known fact that phases of the moon have impact on the ocean surface and are responsible for the disturbance of the Earth’s gravity and from the simple observation of how common things can appear different in the moonlight. The ability of the artists to see common things differently, often in unusual ways – sometimes disturbing, sometimes ecstatic or moody – their unconscious sensitivity toward Nature, transformed to an enigma presented in their art, makes it possible to assemble them into an rather exotic orchestra which plays music of mystery for which the Moon is a symbol.