Opening Reception Saturday October 5th, 5-8 pm
with music by Kathy Shimberg (& Friends?), Old-Time American Music
Exhibits open through October 20th
Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri: 2pm – 6pm, Sat & Sun: 11am – 3pm
I survived WWII as a hidden child in southern France and grew up there. As a young adult I came to NY, and studied psychology. From the start there was a search for the lost memories of my childhood and my feelings. At first I concentrated on interviews with and articles about WWII child survivors. I still was yearning for a meaningful way to express myself. I suddenly by chance found it in photos of reflections in water, windows, shadows. That was how I felt I could express in this poetic, conceptual fashion my sense of the ‘double reality’ of a hidden child, its unreality. It led me to pictorial discoveries in pavements, the need now to express freedom, fun and invention beyond the trap of the war experience, creating meaning from various forms in my environment. In pavements I discover human emotions in forms carved within tar and stone, a triumph of humor over absurdness in life. This inner journey led me further to layers in Photoshop, mostly surrealistic, a different expression of ‘double reality’. Now I am also working on diptychs, a work in progress.
James Bohary and Laura Provo-Parker
Artists James Bohary and Laura Provo-Parker present an exhibit that will demonstrate how two abstract artists who historically look internally and externally for subject matter are constricted by the boundaries of their canvas. In this exhibition, they convey this inspiration on canvases of both large scale and small and make considerations for mark-making and composition within these constraints. Laura Provo-Parker Artist Statement: I paint to bring control to the chaos I find in nature and in human relationships. Each brushstroke is fueled by joys and concerns in my life. Sticky, thick, visceral layering of paint and gestural lines and mark-making are fueled by my memories and intangible feelings