Jim Mott and his Landscape Lottery
at Lab Space
Rochester Contemporary Art Center
Rochester, New York
We are into the fall season, and holiday spirits can grab you - especially if you are interested in visual art because there is so much happening in and around Rochester (and beyond ). Yes, I look forward to my trips to see the New York City galleries, but we have some really fine work here, right now.
Jim Mott paints on site
Now open for your enjoyment - you could sign up for an opportunity to determine where Jim Mott will set up his paints next - with the toss of the dice. Walk into the Lab Space and sign up for a chance to give Jim the co-ordinates on a regional map - and send him out to paint a picture of what he sees when he gets there. I have been following Jim Mott's artwork for years, and have even written before about his "Itinerant Artist Project ( IAP ) for the American Artist Magazine.
Jim Mott's Landscape Lottery show in progress....
While you are at RoCo check out their new video space, they have renovated at the back of the gallery.
Jim Mott has a fine eye for delicate hues and a direct perspective. He doesn't shy away from a difficult moment - like the moonrise over Cobbs Hill, or the road out to the airport, or a fence full of black bird silhouettes and much more. For years he has immersed himself in a painting project that has taken him far and wide, and I think you will enjoy the results.
Belinda Bryce presents
"Pilgrims Process" at Axom Gallery
Over at the Axom Gallery, we have a different take on nature - this time in a more symbolic vein in the paintings of Belinda Bryce. I met Belinda years ago as she made her prints in Liz Durand's evening studio class at R.I.T. Belinda has kept up her art practice, and she has been showing her artwork for years now in this region. She calls her show "Pilgrim's Process" and she writes about spending some time at the Saltonstall Art residency near Ithaca, letting her roam freely over the countryside contemplating her next moves.
Belinda Bryce paintings at Axom Gallery tell a symbolic story
Belinda's paintings at Axom Gallery share a deep interest in contrasts, textures, and subtle or minimal color and graphic impact which never gets rigid. Her perspective on nature is more of an experience, not entirely unlike what I saw in the paintings of Brad Butler over at the Mercer Gallery in MCC. Her vision is more internal, more poetic and you just have to follow her path.
Belinda actually has a narrative that is worth reading and it gives you a bit more background about her walks in the woods. She tells a story about walking through the landscape and her artwork verges on the iconic - having a visceral relationship to artists like Joan Mitchell and maybe even Adolph Gottlieb.
Down in the South Wedge at 661 South Avenue to be precise we have an end of October pop-up art show curated by Erich Lehman who has been instrumental in the Wall/Therapy initiative, and also he was owner of the 1975 Gallery for a number of years. This new show will only be available for viewing in the next few days - so plan on being there soon! I saw many red dots - so works are for sale and people are getting into the holiday spirit as I said earlier..
661 South Avenue
Run over to see what is happening, and in conversation Erich Lehman promises to have more to show when R.I.T. opens up their new City Artspace in the new year. The opening attracted a young audience and there is a list of seventy-five works up for your contemplation - all in the spirit of the season.
The crowd at " Dearly Departed "
hosted by Erich Lehman of the 1975 Gallery