Rundel Library, First Floor
115 South Avenue
thru July 18, 2018
We are fortunate to live in a diverse community where access to the arts is as simple as walking into the Public Library. This is especially true if you go over today to The Rundel Library at 115 South Avenue in Rochester and while you are there look for the artwork on exhibit from Kristine Bouyoucos. The art comes in many forms, prints, books and more in a show she calls: "Notations: Imagery of Words and Music thru July 18th.
part of a triptych called: La Mer
Kristine Bouyoucos has been working with various forms of printmaking and in her show she presents framed prints and artists books for your enjoyment and contemplation. Over many years you may have seen her art in Print Club shows, and exhibited at Oxford Gallery, and here the emphasis is on music and how it can intersect with visual art. Many of her recent prints have musical notation and can be seen as her interpretations of great pieces of music like "La Mer" seen above.
limited editions of Artist's Books
Kristine is also a musician and as she says "music has been a constant in her life". She can combine her techniques in one work of art using what she calls: mixed media, and that can be one of a number of printmaking techniques including digital overprinting to give the final effects. She is not afraid to tackle other subjects, and here I am thinking of her recent strategy of taking on the political climate that we find ourselves in here in the USA.
Rondel Library, 115 South Avenue, Rochester
On a really hot day we drive down to Ithaca, and take a cooling walk along the gorge and Cascadilla Creek. Not far from the road, we find a spot that has a little pile up of rocks along the lines of Andy Goldsworthy.
Ithaca has some spots I visit regularly for their natural appeal, and then there are some places I go for the visual arts. One spot is directly below The Commons - and that is an artist cooperative called State of the Art Gallery at 120 West State Street. This July there is a three person show on now and it is worth a visit if you have not been there.
State of the Art Gallery, 120 West State Street, Ithaca, NY
I know one of the artists in this current show - Stan Bowman. When I was finishing up my studies as a painter in graduate school at Cornell University, Stan was an up-and-coming faculty member who moved into my old studio space in what is now Tjaden Hall. The last things I saw of Stan's were digital prints over in the lobby of the CSMA Building in Ithaca so it was a bit of a surprise to see his new dimensional paintings in this new exhibition with Mary Ann Bowman and Jan Kather...
Stan Bowman with his new artwork
State of the Art Gallery
Stan Bowman's acrylic on board
Stan Bowman mentioned to me that many of the works he is showing were made in the last three months, so they all share characteristics of bright colors, textured surfaces and dimensional cut-outs that bring sculptural form to these paintings that can remind you of painters like Frank Stella and Friedl Dzubas.
In this 3 person show, I was also quite impressed with the prints of Jan Kather made on metal supports in a series called "Watermark". Beautiful - yet subtle tones are given depth with these new pieces - the result of scanning a watercolor and printing it in a digital format. My photo doesn't do justice to this art which has to be seen in the first person.
Jan Kather's Watermark
State of the Art Gallery
Mary Ann Bowman has character - many of them are on view in the gallery - and no doubt she has fun with these creations. The sculptural works can sit in a chair or on a table top. The "Lovely Chicken Leg Lady" is part ceramic with a topknot of apples - it is a hoot! Take some time out of your day to visit the State of the Art Gallery, all you have to do is enter the door at 120 West State Street, and you will be captivated!
Mary Ann Bowman
at State of the Art Gallery
Ithaca, New York