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Drawings by Lynne Adams; Mixed Media by Diana MacKenzie; Handcrafted Wooden Vehicles by Louis Leone

Drawing by Lynne Adams

Drawing by Lynne Adams

March 3-30, 2015

Reception Saturday, March 7, 2-4 PM

Wooden car by Louis Leone

Wooden car by Louis Leone

folded grid by Diana MacKenzie

Diana MacKenzie

Lynne Adams is known for her colorful, fresh and expressive landscape paintings. Recently, Adams has been drawn to the structure underlying the landscape. During this exploration, inspired by the Chinese brush painters of the Five Dynasties, she has found a unique strength in the graphic simplicity of black and white . This has resulted in a series of compelling ink, charcoal and pencil works on paper. These new works focus on the evocative shapes, patterns and intricate relationships, that she finds within the networks of tree branches and forms.

Northampton resident and spry nonagenarian Louis A. Leone has built his hand-crafted wooden fleet of model vehicles over forty years. Dr. Leone was the longtime Director of Medical Oncology at Rhode Island Hospital, and on the faculty of Brown University Medical School.  His wife Virginia’s expertise as a seamstress can be seen here and there in the upholstery and leather seats of these miniature miracles.

Made of repurposed and found materials, the maiden motorcar to roll off the line was initially intended as a toy for Lou and Virginia’s grandchildren. Showing uncharacteristic restraint, Leone decided to keep it as more of a model after watching his other little fleet of four grandsons tear through the house like wild hogs.

The leap in sophistication from the first vehicle to the last is only a part of the fun in observing Leone’s work; there are hidden props, jokes, accessories, and stories in and around every one of them. Each door opens with its own latch and handle, the wheels turn, the gearshifts move, the windshield wipers swipe, rumble seats deploy, and accessories, such as luggage, can be opened.  Instantly recognizable, every vehicle is evocative of its time period and place in American culture even though they do not have exact counterparts from Detroit. Any antique car buff will see that they are a mix of the vintages, styles, and features that Leone saw on the streets of Boston as a boy.

Diana MacKenzie’s recent works are influenced by the balanced, understated harmony with which Japanese artists and designers organize space on every scale. She has always embraced the Japanese aesthetic wabi sabi, meaning “beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” Using a hand-drawn grid to represent ambiguous ephemeral space, Diana’s current series brings attention to the often-ignored negative spaces between objects, or micro-spaces, that exist around us.  This series of grid-based work begins as flat drypoint intaglio etchings. The prints are then painted or cut and folded into three-dimensional wall art.

Diana is the Public Art Program Educator at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. She received a BFA in Printmaking from Syracuse University in 2005.

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