Landscapes in Photographs and Pastels
Elizabeth Slade: Chalk Pastels
Paul Yandoli: Photographs
Amaru Pareja: Camera Obscura
September 6-29, 2016
Reception: Arts Night Out, September 9, 5-8 PM
Northampton artist Elizabeth Slade creates landscapes and seascapes in chalk pastels, inspired by time spent in Martha’s Vineyard and living here in the Valley.
Both the camera obscura and the city of Rome have a wonderfully rich and ancient history. Their earliest histories date back over two thousand years and within a few hundred years of one another. In August of 2015, I photographed the most iconic buildings of Rome (and Florence) with a custom built camera obscura tent. The camera obscura technique is one that projects images of the outside world into a darkened room – in this case a portable tent. Any view outside of the tent is projected onto the ground found inside of the tent. Italy is riddled with beautiful, old grounds to photograph onto such as archaic cobble stones, meticulous brick patterns, and more. These images are meant to portray some of the most photographed locations in Italy in a new and interesting way. As a photographer, my job is to uncover a new way of seeing – a way that pays homage to both the creation of photography itself and to some of the greatest civil engineering feats of humanity.
Paul Yandoli earned his Bachelors degree from Rutgers University, and studied fine art and commercial photography at the Art Institute of Boston (now a part of Lesley College in Cambridge). He has been photographing now for more than 35 years. He worked in advertising photography for seven years in Boston. Since moving to the Pioneer Valley in 1991, he has earned his living in Human Services. Following that change, however, he has remained active photographing and exhibiting his personal work. He has always been drawn to landscapes – both rural and urban – but also images that focus on details. Details of color, texture, light, and form that capture the beauty of the world around us in subtle but evocative ways. He lives with his wife Michelle in Easthampton, MA.
About the work: This current exhibit presents a collection of vignettes that strive to capture not only the beauty in each particular subject – i.e.: the texture and colors of a neglected painted surface, a decaying ancient façade, or an autumn landscape. The images also attempt to convey a sense of time and place. Sometimes it’s seems just a moment, but that moment can also evoke a memory or a place or a time gone by. A receding surf in the morning sun. Maybe places once shared by people or a family who no longer live there – maybe no longer exist. This may have something to do with why windows and doors often occupy the frame. I seem always drawn to windows and doors for some reason.
Books, Ideas and Transformations
Bob LaClair: Fractal Art
Sachio Cook: Animation Art
Judith Abraham: Madwimmin Books Diorama
Marguerite Belkin: Book and Paper Sculptures
October 3-29, 2016
Artist Bob Laclair made his home in Western Massachusetts, working predominantly in the medium of contemporary digital design, specializing in fractal art. His work also included video, jazz photography and graphic design. His art blends the disciplines of physics and abstract art, creating a unique and original visual style. His work has been commissioned in such diverse places as China, Japan and the USA, and he has also exhibited in various juried shows and galleries, including local venues.
Another avenue that Bob pursued is multimedia collaborations with dance, other artists, jazz and improvisational musicians. Some of his past projects include fractal animations, projections and improvisations.
His final project was called “365 Fractal Compositions” creating a new fractal image each day for a year. The project was not completed, as Bob died unexpectedly August 5, 2016 peacefully in his home. He was 67.
Sachio Cook is an animation artist from Yamagata, Japan and Queens, NY who is currently based in Northampton. She earned her BFA in Traditional Animation from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 and has since been working in the animation industry. Notable credits as an animator include Disney XD’s Motorcity and Adult Swim’s Superjail! and China IL, and as a director include Tkay Maidza’s Switch Lanes music video which won Best Music Video at the South Australian Music Awards in 2015. Currently, she is focused on the creation of independent animated films. She is inspired by the rural landscape of Pioneer Valley which is reminiscent of the environment of her hometown in Yamagata.
For this exhibit, she will show a series of works on paper that are the cross section of figurative and abstract looping animations that will be played on an adjacent screen. The purpose of the work is to show a dissection of animation as multiple drawings strung together, and invite the viewer to investigate the relationship between each individual drawing and the motion created by the drawings when played on screen.
MadWimmin Books diorama is modeled after the women’s bookstore in the comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. There were women’s bookstores all over the U.S. during the 80’s and 90’s.
In Northampton we had more than one. The women’s bookstores of that time were the visible tip of the iceberg in a thriving women’s community.
Judith Abraham is a local sculptor and mixed media artist.
My story as a late blooming artist begins in 2004 in Texas with an origami butterfly class. I decided origami was just too beautiful to stand on a shelf, that it should be worn and enjoyed, and before I knew it, I was designing unique jewelry using origami elements. Amazingly, within two years my work was being sold locally at five different venues, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. There followed teaching origami jewelry classes, giving origami demonstrations, and coverage in the local press.
My origami experience led me to a passion for paper, and a penchant for relief and assemblage. Several studio classes later, I was off and running with a piece in Fuller Craft Museum’s national touring show “The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories”, closely followed by work in a succession of national and regional group shows.
Presently, I am exploring the use of discarded books as a sculpture medium. Last year, my husband and I relocated to Western Massachusetts to be closer to family. I am inspired by the beautiful scenery and phenomenal support the region provides to artists.
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