The Westbeth Artists Residents Council is proud to announce its 2017 season in the Westbeth Gallery. Continue reading
In This House of Sky
A 12-person exhibition
our celestial sphere
May 25 – June 18, 2017
Thursday May 25, from 6PM – 8PM
Wed – Sunday 1PM – 6PM
Westbeth Gallery presents the artwork of 12 contemporary artists with a wide range of media and styles that explore the intangible space/time continuum conjured by the sky.
Yan Cynthia Chen, Susan Spencer Crowe, Reet Das, Karen Fitzgerald, Julie Gross, Ellen Grossman, Susan Knight, Paula Overbay, Jim Pignetti, Florina Sbircea, Mary Vengrofski, and Alice Zinnes.
The work of Ellen Grossman, Paula Overbay, and Karen Fitzgerald suggests gently modulating fabrics of space, each with distinctive energy signatures unspooling across fields.
Susan Knight, Susan Spencer Crowe, Mary Vengrofski and Yan Cynthia Chen work along a 3-d abstract continuum, each using materials in unexpected combinations such as clay with paper, water and string, wax with cardbaord. Their work strikes a balance between the world of dreams and imaginative presence.
Though in singular, distinctive ways, the work of Reet Das, Julie Gross, Jim Pignetti, Florina Sbircea and Alice Zinnes all use rhythmic color and form to suggest the pushing and pulling present in space and time, and the roiling dance of sky particles.
The exhibition has been curated by Karen Fitzgerald. A curatorial statement is available on request.
The exhibition opens on May 25, and runs through June 18th, 2017. Regular gallery hours are from Wednesday through Sunday, from 1pm – 6pm. The gallery is free and open to the public.
A panel discussion will convene on Saturday, June 3, from 6-8:30pm, exploring the role of imagination in contemporary art.
For inquiries and additional information, please contact Karen Fitzgerald
646.369.7184 or Karen@FitzgeraldArt.com
55 Bethune Street
New York, NY 10014
Collage & Assemblage, Past & Present
Collage has rapidly gained popularity as an art form in the United States. I believe that there are sociological reasons for this. Everyone is in a hurry and the medium of collage conveys a feeling of spontaneity. With the advent of the computer and the Internet, our world had become fragmented. This is reflected in the bits and pieces that make up a collage and assemblage. Based on this, I have compiled a lecture/slide show on collage and assemblage from 12th century Japan to contemporary digital photo illustration
Presentationn includes works by Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Cornell, Rauschenberg, and many other artists. You will see how artists recycled everyday materials into artwork, using spare tires, shredded money, and even ones own blood! The use of collage in illustration has become a familiar sight. You will learn how collage artists cope with some hilarious, yet frustrating experiences in the publishing workplace. This program is both entertaining and educational.
Part 2 consists of my own artwork.
Native New Yorker Joan Hall’s artwork has appeared on covers of Time Magazine, The New York Times and numerous other publications. Her collages and assemblages have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including The Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. She was commissioned by the American Cultural Center of the US State Department to lecture, exhibit, and conduct workshops in France, India, Brazil, and Mexico.
Three Writers Reading Their Poetry
A FREE Event
A film screening of the 1973 Open Theater production, directed by Joe Chaikin
Performance by The Open Theater, directed by Joseph Chaikin, a fluid montage of scenes, ideas and personalities, mostly created by the actors themselves in rehearsal, called “the mutation show.” With Joseph Chaikin, Raymond Barry, Shami Chaikin, Tina Shepard, Paul Zimet, Ellen Maddow, Tom Lillard, Jo Ann Schidman, presenting such characters as the tinker, the petrified man, the bird lady, the man who smiles, and the man who hits himself, a boy in a box, the animal girl, the ringmaster. Often the “language” is sound without dialogue. Often the “plot” refers to primal processes like learning to walk, learning civilization. At the conclusion each actor introduces himself/herself and gives background, biography, description of family, hair, eyes, etc. Each actor holds an early picture of himself. 1973.”
Featuring Natalia Sharymova, Alex AG and Dmitry Kravtsov. Innovative approaches to the art of photography, ranging from traditional to “new”.