Foundlings and Wall-to-Wall Watercolors at EOH Galleries

My latest work is a series of large, densely hued paintings that are cut out and glued together to create various visual planes.  The paintings are composed of a number of layers of watercolors mounted on other watercolors.  The resulting enlarged images and moody atmoshpheres are an attempt to create an eerie, disquieting transcendence, drawing the viewer into an inner world of emotional and sensual conflict.

“My latest work is a series of large, densely hued paintings that are cut out and glued together to create various visual planes. The paintings are composed of a number of layers of watercolors mounted on other watercolors.”

The works of two amazing New York artists will be at the Opera House starting August 10. Robert Morgan is from Petersburgh, NY (just east of Troy/Albany), and Robbii Wessen is from Fresh Meadows, Queens, NYC. 

Robert Morgan’s large watercolor paintings use collage techniques to create various visual planes. The result is an enlarged image and moody atmosphere that create an eerie, disquieting transcendence, drawing the viewer into an inner world of emotional and sensual conflict. Morgan’s paintings are about conflicting emotions and the necessity to produce one’s own metaphysical symbols, myths, and spirituality. With dense watercolor pigment, textured treatment of the surfaces, and offbeat compositional schemes, Morgan stretches the watercolor medium – as well as the viewer’s imagination – with respect to content, technique, and scale.
Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Morgan’s early interest in art was fueled by the rich traditions of the Berkshires and Hudson Valley. He has lived in Buenos Aires, London, and San Francisco, but recently returned to the Taconic Mountains of Petersburgh, NY. After exhibiting in numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries on both US coasts, he was featured in a major retrospective at the Borges Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was also honored with a prestigious MacDowell Colony Fellowship.  Robert Morgan’s website

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“I take a very methodical approach to creating my assemblages. … Balance, composition, and texture are integral elements of my work that act as a means to explore the redemptive qualities of discarded materal. Ultimately, in contrast to their humble origins, these assemblages transcend the found quality of their individual parts to become shrine-like objects of beauty.”

For years, sculptor Robbii Wessen has been collecting stray bits and interesting pieces that just lived with him, with no particular purpose. He has now begun to give them a home, and he calls them “Foundlings.” “With artificial mechanisms, parts of unknown objects and natural elements, they speak of some unknown purpose or history, each with its own kind of suggestive dialog,” says Wessen. Found objects are arranged in a formal style following in the tradition of such artists as Joseph Cornell and Louise Nevelson. In contrast to their humble origins, the finished pieces transcend the found quality of their individual parts and become shrine-like objects of beauty.

Wessen has a BFA from the Parsons School of Design, and is now represented by the Gallery Orange in New Orleans. His work has won several National Art League awards, and he has exhibited throughout New York as well as in Maryland and Louisiana. Robbii Wessen’s website

A reception for the artists with light refreshments will be held on Saturday, August 10, from 12-2 pm.

These two exhibits and the “Kim Simmonds on Canvas” exhibit will run through September 21. Kim Simmonds has generously donated a painting in support of the EOH Galleries.  To purchase a raffle ticket, please contact EOH: 315-691-3550 or email the office.  Raffle tickets are $5 each, 3 for $10 and 7 for $20.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday 12-3 pm. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

The East and West Galleries are part of the
Earlville Opera House Arts Center
PO Box 111, 18 East Main Street
Earlville, NY 13332
(T) 315-691-3550, (F) 315-691-4111


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