Friday, September 4, 2015

In Advance

Albert Paley's sculpture is titled: "Sylvan"
Installed at the Hungerford Building

The weather and the art scene are heating up as we charge into September.  Already there are signs of change as we get underway with a Labor Day Weekend series of openings at galleries far and wide
especially on First Fridays.

A surprise at the Hungerford Building - without any fanfare - a new Albert Paley sculpture called "Sylvan" was installed and this certainly gives a different character to my studio space.  I wonder when they are going to open the new deck,  - one can only applaud the improvements!

Artist David John 4th floor, Hungerford Building

Upstairs in the Hungerford Building, artists are preparing for First Fridays, the ceramic kilns are cooking, and painters painting... I met a neighbor who is just starting out and finding his way.  The great thing about First Fridays, is the response from the public, and the artist can open their studio to  people who have a genuine interest in all things visual, and maybe take home an artwork of their own.

On the ground floor, I recommend that you walk over to Warren Phillips Fine Art and Frame Gallery and check out the little landscape paintings by Alling M. Clements.  These modestly sized  (and priced ) paintings are oil on canvas or board, and most are studies made "en plein air ".  Alling Clements (1981-1957)  is probably not a name you are familiar with but he once studied at the Art Students League in New York City and taught figure painting and drawing in Rochester in the early 20th century.

Alling M. Clements

I am really attracted to this work and it is a practice I had when I was younger to go outside and look for sites to paint outdoors.  Alling M. Clements spent time in this area painting and also along the coast of Maine.  I really enjoy his light, spontaneous touch with color and it reminds me of my teacher Edwin Dickinson.

Alling Clements paints outdoors in Maine

The faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology has a broad base of experience in all aspects of the visual arts, and each year there is an exhibition of some of their work.  This First Friday we have the opening of that show and I am glad to be in the mix,  and happy that Betsy Murkett has hung my print "Fireworks" right in the entrance to the exhibition.

Alan Singer " Fireworks ", monoprint on paper,  2014

On the back wall of the Bevier Gallery there is a quartet of photos by Peter Byrne that I find engaging.  Is it the color, the geometry or both.  I like the compositional aspects, and he shares some of my interests in the digital realm.  There of course are many surprises in this faculty show and that is as expected.  There are some new people, and their artwork is new to me, and you would enjoy the experience of seeing some new things too.

A quartet by artist Peter Byrne
at the Bevier Gallery
Rochester Institute of Technology

For the past few months at Ock Hee's Gallery in Honeoye Falls, New York there have been some terrific shows as she celebrates her last year with the gallery space.    This month she has invited a photographer and a sculptor to show together.  The photographer, PJ Pennewell is famous for his dances with Garth Fagan Dance and now we get to see the open mind and sensitive eye of this well known member of our community.  The porcelain sculptures in this show come from the hands of Christina Brinkman, and they are marvelously intricate.  Christina's artwork is devoid of decorative coloration, preferring the natural color of the high fired clay to reveal details.  These delicate sculptures remind me of some of the mathematical models that I found at last months' BRIDGES exhibition in Baltimore.

Porcelains by Christina Brinkman
at Ock Hee's Gallery
Honeoye Falls, New York

When you look at PJ Pennewell's photography you are tempted to think deeply about the physical space in the image and what is happening.  Tree branches take on an athletic signification and become a pose, a wave moves onto shore and bursts forth into a million droplets, and these photos are about action suspended or explored, and they are all in black and white, no fussy color to distract the mind from the intended purpose.

PJ Pennewell, at Ock Hee's Gallery