From the classic still lifes of Gary Trento and representational forms of Stephen Carlson (both in the West Gallery) to the intriguing wood sculptures of Jude Lewis (East Gallery) and the ephemeral mixed media digital prints of Cara Brewer Thompson (Arts Café Gallery), the EOH Galleries will present an intriguing array of work that shows us that “art” is indeed fascinatingly multifaceted. All four artists are professors at CNY universities and thus bring a stimulating academic depth to their work: their respective journeys inform their artistry in ways never imagined.
For example, sometimes a journey takes a turn that you never imagined. Jude Lewis: “I was making a series of new work for this show until a torn rotator cuff changed my plans. While considering which of my existing work to exhibit I decided to go with simple chronology. The work in this show was made in my new studio over the past four years… It wasn’t until I imagined this work being in one space that I realized the extent to which things have shifted over the past four years…”
Cara Brewer Thompson’s journey through digital imagery and drawings explores the “soft, hard-to-define pockets of consciousness.” Stephen Carlson manipulates curvilinear and rectilinear shapes toward “an expression of silent meditative intimacy,” and Gary Trento’s paintings invite us to “experience observation, to bring it close, to examine, interpret, to look ‘for,’ not ‘at’ so that meaning can spring forth from the seemingly simple act of observation.” In our always-too-busy lives, these artists’ journeys might be just what we need to return (or realign) to our own journeys into being and seeing.
The three exhibits will open to the public on Saturday, September 6, with a reception for the artists from noon to 3 pm. The exhibits will run through November 1. Regular gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Friday and 12-3 on Saturdays. Admission is free.
The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. 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.