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MAC Spotlights Robert Greene’s Intriguing Work by Karen Barthelson
Robert Greene’s solo exhibit , Frenetic Composure, represents his interest in the figure and is inspired by as he states, “…the activity of the human mind…” and “…deals primarily with the human condition…”
What drew me to Robert’s work and what I found so surprising is how his pieces, while made of sticks of wood, manage to have an organic feel to them, particularly the figures. The figure stands still while the wood pieces forming the figure appear to be moving in various directions, giving it a frantic energy.
Robert lives in Ledyard, Connecticut and currently teaches at Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT where he received his undergraduate degree in sculpture in 2006. He went on to earn his MFA in sculpture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, MA in 2010, and stayed to teach in the 3D department for two years until 2012.
Robert has been gaining some recognition exhibiting mostly in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He has won awards, has works in many private collections and was mentioned in a Boston Globe article “Stand Out Students” in 2013.
While active with his own work at his Ledyard studio and at the Noank Foundry, Robert also enjoys teaching. He explained “…everybody has the creative potential; there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student’s excitement when they discover exactly what they can make with their own hands…”.
Rob’s solo sculpture exhibition Frenetic Composure reception is January 16 from 5:30-7:30 at the Mystic Arts Center.
Fall 2014 Design Group students created five billboards celebrating Eastern’s 125 year history. Standish Johnson Outdoor Advertising donated billboard space and installation. Each billboard represents 25 years of Eastern’s story with yearbook photos against a backdrop of the architecture of that period.
Main Street, next to the Chamber of Commerce building – It’s a 2-sided billboard, with our billboard designs on both front and back.
Kai Hansen, (1889 – 1914) front
Ray Phonthaphan, back (1939-1964)
Bridge Street, in the array of billboards at the road turning – Matt Pappalardo (1914-1939)
Rte. 66 west, leaving Willimantic, on the left hand side of the road before you reach the junction of 66 and 6
Rikki Jarvis (1964-1989)
Rte 195 at Lauter Park – two billboards one facing in each direction Going south – Kai Hansen (a repeat) Going north – Alyssa Toth (1989-2014)
consists an installation of multiple ranks sheets of semi-transparent plastic of very light weight and thickness. The overall installation which extends to fill the length and width of the Atrium in its configuration defines the space as well as interacts with the environmental conditions and the vicissitudes of light and air currents.
The dimensions and configuration of the individual plastic curtains invite multiple interpretations. They are flag-like, yet in the absence of identifying marking or color they suggest a transcendence of nationalism towards a common unifying human identity. They are like the sails of ships, calling to mind New London’s maritime heritage. The curtains are subject to ambient light and air currents causing them to move, movement that is reminiscent of the motion of water, re-enforcing our relationship to the nearby ocean.
In addition to its sculptural elements Engaging Space incorporates music as well in the form of the music/sound installation created by Joseph Butch Rovan. His piece Liriodendron is both interpretation of and response to the physical space of the atrium. However, this extraordinary sound experiences draws directly from the environment found at the Arboretum of nearby Connecticut College. In fact Liriodendron is also the name of a particular species of tree found there.
The ultimate effect is to focus attention to space and invite reflection upon and appreciation of our relationship to its ubiquitous yet integral presence.
Mark Gerard McKee: www.mckeestudio.com
Liriodendron, an 8-channel interactive sound installationThe Liriodendron Tulipiferis, or “Tulip Tree,” is a species known for its long straight trunk, distinctive foliage, and flowering canopy. The tree is not only beautiful but also functional, having been favored by shipbuilders in the 18th and 19th centuries for its use in the making of ships’ masts.
There is a stand of ancient liriodendron in the Connecticut College arboretum, astonishing for both their height and their graceful elegance. Watching the subtle movement of their high branches reminded me of the gently swaying forms of Mark McKee’s Engaging Space, and so I created this sound piece as a kind of musical response to his work.
All the sounds in this piece, then, come from the arboretum. The right front entry gate on Williams Street features, as a centerpiece, a decorative liriodendron leaf in wrought iron. Striking the gate, and listening through the leaf’s vibrating form, I discovered the gamelan-like resonances featured here, which suggest to me both the lyricism of the tree’s name and its mysterious past.
By walking through the atrium, listeners will be able to “play” this piece as well. Liriodendron reacts to their movement by offering up a series of high rhythmic melodies, like the tree’s high canopy, that rise to the building’s upper reaches.
Joseph Butch Rovan:www.soundidea.org/rovan/index.html
The Atrium, at HARRIS PLACE
165 State Street, New London, Connecticut
Opening Reception: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 27, 2014
September 27 2014 – March 31, 2015
A temporary multidisciplinary art installation
International Contemporary Art Space [ICAS] is hosting four native Chinese artists for its September exhibition titled “Ink Platter”. The four artists that are featured include:
Deng Shihua, Wang Huanbo, Su Yohui, Zhao Qin
All four artists have become largely engaged with depicting what can be considered mundane aspects of our natural world and reinventing these symbols to depict sublime landscapes. In effect, the artists have varying visions in depicting China’s mountainous and vast terrains as well as the landscapes they encounter locally in Connecticut during their month long artist residency.
Deng Shi Hua is originally from Luzhou, Sichuan, China. Shi Hua attended Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts during the 1980s and has since become a profound member of China’s contemporary art scene. He is featured in several publications, including: The Taste of Art: Deng Shi Hua, Hong Zi: A Collection of Deng Shi Hua Landscape Paintings, and Contemporary Landscape Artists Portfolio: Thirty Years, Thirty Artists. This year, he has been featured in Liang Bao Lou Art Museum showing of ‘Ink Westbound’.
Wang Huanbo began his studies as an artist in his home province at Shandong Normal University and pursued graduate studies at the Chinese Academy of Arts. Following his graduate studies, Huanbo feverishly studied painting landscapes from life under Li Keran. Huanbo is an internationally known artist, exhibiting in Austrailia, France, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.
Suyou Hui background includes studies in arts and crafts painting and calligraphy. He is a student of Li Keran as well, focusing on the traditional approach to painting landscapes by being enveloped by China’s mountainscapes. He is a member of China’s Ministry of Culture, the Youth Federation Art Committee and a has been awarded the title of distinguished artist by the Painting and Calligraphy Institute.
Zhao Qin studied in his hometown of Nanjing and the Nanjing Institute of Arts and received his graduate degree from Nanjing University. Furthermore, he pursued his studies at Kingston University in London, UK. He enjoys teaching, and is an associate professor at the China Academy of Art University. He has been awarded the title of distinguished painter in the Jiangsu Province.
A gallery opening will take place at 74 State Street, New London, CT 06320. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, September, 27th from 6:00-8:00 pm.This Event will be part of New London’s Create Here Now Storefronts Opening event taking place that day and is free and open to the public with complimentary refreshments. Currently Gallery hours are by appointment only. For more information or to set up an appointment contact us either via email at email@example.com or call our Gallery Director Clint Slowik (860) 428-4903 or Artistic Director Qimin Liu (860) 237-1081. Also visit www.lqmgallery.com or the ICAS and LQM Gallery Facebook page at facebook.com/LQMGallery for updates about this and future events, workshops and exhibitions.
Opening Date: September 27th, 2014; 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: 74 State St., New London, CT 06320
Contact: Clint Slowik (860) 501-9024
Qimin Liu (860) 237-1081
International Contemporary Artist Space & LQM Gallery would like to invite you to join us for Grand Opening at our new location and the opening of our August resident artist show titled “Journey: An Artistic Dialogue.” This show will feature 11 prominent Chinese resident artists and 1 curator visiting us during the month of August. It will include complimentary refreshments, live music, and we will be joined by a selection of distinguished contemporary American artists as well.
Our residents will include the following:
- Yang Songlin; Executive Director of China Oil Painting Society President of Shandong Oil Painting Society
- Lin Junjuan; Coordinator of Shandong Artist Association Delegation Director and Curator of Shandong Oil Painting Association Office
- Chen Guoli; Coordinator of Shandong Artist Association Delegation Director of China Oil Painting Society Vice President of Shandong Oil Painting Society
- Chen Jianhua; Professor of Shandong University of Arts
- Guan Puxue; Professor of Shandong University of Arts Kong Xinmiao; President of Fine Arts department of Shandong Normal University
- Song Qiming; Professor of Shandong University of Arts
- Wang Yuping; Professor of Shandong University of Arts
- Zhong Jikun; Senior painter of Shandong Painting Academy
- Zhang Ping; Professor of Fine Arts department of Shandong Normal University
- Zhou Weihua; Professor of Fine Arts department of University of Jinan
- Zhang Zhiqiang; Professor of Fine Arts department of Shandong Jianzhu University
‘Journey: An Artistic Dialogue’ is a demonstration of artistic evolution and vitality. The peaceable coexistence between the world’s inhabitants and its known destructive forces briefly describes the International Contemporary Art Space’s [ICAS] newest gallery showing titled ‘Journey: An Artistic Dialogue’. Themes range from controversial sociopolitical topics to the personification of abstract components in nature.
In conjunction with this show we will be hosting a private artist discussion panel at another time featuring our resident artists, a number of local artists and directors, as well as a number of prominent keynote panelists such as Vincent Desiderio, Mel Leipzig, Barkley Hendricks, Susanna Coffey, Fred Osborne, and Salvatore Scalora who may also be joining us for our Grand Opening.
The opening will be held on Saturday August 23rd starting at 6pm and going until 8:30pm. The location of the event will be at our new location as follows: ICAS & LQM Gallery 74 State Street New London, CT 06320
This event is free and open to the public with complementary refreshments as well as live music. The show will run from the 23rd until the end of August. If at all possible, we would greatly appreciate it if you could help us spread the word of this show and grand opening to make this event a great and successful gathering of artists and art enthusiasts both locally and abroad.
Landscapes in Plein Air
ArtSpace Gallery Windham
480 Main Street
Willimantic, CT 06226
September 5, 2014-September 27, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, September 5, 2014
Open Saturdays 1-4 PM Sept/. 6. 13, 20, and 27
5:00 – 8:00 PM or by appointment
Info Murielmillerart@aol.com, 860-455-9918
TBD/To Be Determined is the Visual Arts Department’s Senior Exhibition 2014. TBD is being exhibited at the Akus Gallery in Shafer Hall from May 2–16, 2014.
Artist in the exhibition: Kara Berglund, David Bieniarz, Jennifer Biron, Wendy Bouton, Mary Boyd, Christina Broccoli, Cory Carabetta, Laura Cardeno, Emily Chubet, Daniel Clesowich, Bridget Cook, Margaret Gradie, Braden Herrick, Lauren Hopper, Rebecca Ingoglia, Rikki Jarvis, Lesia Kerr, Samuel Kesler, Solinda Keth, Colleen King, Michael King, Jessie Kohn, Kaleigh Kurpiewski, Brad Labonte, Lindsay Lachance, Diane Leonard, Hannah Lewis, Cassandra Marion, Samantha McGeowan, Jessica Michalowski, Samantha Mims, Melissa Nosal, Trinda Pacheco, Rebecca Plungis, Olivia Provey, Alyssa Reilly, Nicole Romeo, Richard Schaff, Roshelle Shannon, Miranda Slobe, Kelly Stalsburg, Jacueline Tromp, Lucero Vargas, Julie Vega.
There is an Awards Ceremony and Reception on Friday, May 2nd from 3–4 pm in the Akus Gallery. The Gallery is open from 3–6 pm on Friday, May 2nd for viewing. The Ceremony and Reception is free and open to the public.
Akus Gallery hours and information can be found at this link.