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.
The Clare Gallery’s exhibition, Metanoia, is free and open to the public and extends from March 20 – May 4, 2014. A reception and artist lecture will be held on April 24th from 5:30–7:30 p.m. At the reception, artist Richard Harden will discuss his undying search for universal meaning and imagery in the struggles and resurrection of the human condition.
The title of the exhibition, Metanoia, refers to a transformative change of heart. The term’s origin is Greek, from “metanoiein,” meaning to change one’s mind, or repent. Transformation has always been primary to the conceptual nature of Harden’s work, and his paintings allow us to reflect on our lives and the lives of others.
In this series, Harden explores flowers and hair in varied states of binding and unbinding. There are reflected surfaces along with abstracted space; fragile beauty irradiated by dramatic explosions. The colors are intensely saturated, as well as deeply dark, yielding the juxtaposition of opposing emotion.
Please enjoy the great article in the Hartford Courant here.
The Clare Gallery is housed in the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry at 285 Church Street. The Center is part of St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church, a vibrant and active downtown faith community. Free parking is available directly across from the church, and the facility is handicapped accessible. More information may be found the Clare Gallery website.
Professor Nancy Wynn curated this exhibition for the Clare Gallery in Hartford, Connecticut. She is also Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Design.
Professor Imna Arroyo has been invited to present her book The Sacred Family at The National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana, Cuba in April, 2014. This presentation is taking place along with Antonio Martorell’s retrospective exhibition.
Arroyo created the 32 linoleum prints of the Orishas (Deities of the Yoruba Panheom). The images are accompany by descriptions written by Isis Mattei with book design by James Nicholas Winner-Arroyo. Further information on this book, its launch and Professor Imna Arroyo can be found at this link from the Havana Times.
Additionally, Arroyo will be conducting a children’s book and printmaking workshop at the Museum. Professor Imna Arroyo is an Arts Professor and head of the Printmaking department.
Come celebrate the opening of a new public art installation by Brad Guarino. Opening reception for Passing Through, a public art project for Tunxis Community College is on Thursday, March 6, 4-7 p.m., 271 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, Connecticut.
You can read about the work and process by checking in on Mr. Guarino’s blog.
Brad Guarino is Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts in Painting and Drawing.
An exhibition of paintings and a video piece by the artist John O’Donnell, entitled STILLLIFE, is currently on display in Westover’s Schumacher Gallery. A public reception with the artist will be held in the gallery on Saturday, March 22nd from 4 to 6 pm.
Located in the School’s Louise B. Dillingham Performing Arts Center, the Schumacher Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from noon until 5 pm and Saturdays from 1 to 5 pm whenever Westover is in session; it is closed on Sundays. Because the School will not be in session from February 27th through March 18th, the exhibition will be open to the public through February 26th and will then reopen from March 19th through March 28th. Visitors may access the gallery by coming to the main entrance of the School, which is located on the Middlebury Green.
STILLLIFE is a title that refers not only to the category of painting but also to a calm reflection on life and time. O’Donnell’s process and materials are inspired by the history of painting and contemporary abstraction. In the studio he paints directly onto found objects and then attempts to replicate them on a burlap canvas with gesso and acrylic paint; sometimes he uses oil paint and spray paint to reference different historical and contemporary processes.
The exhibition also includes a video piece created by O’Donnell, who was inspired by a musical composition written and produced by Seattle-based musician Jean Chalant.
John O’Donnell is Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts in Painting and Drawing.
Painting from the Virtual World is an exhibition of work from artist Cynthia Guild. The exhibition runs from February 20 to March 5, 2014. The opening Reception is Saturday February 22nd 5-8 pm.
The artist states, “The work touches on universal themes: alienation, individual will, and the passage of time. Many of the paintings are worked from web surveillance camera images bringing a peculiar distance to the work. It is my hope that the paintings capture the sense of beauty, endurance and resignation that mimics my own vision of life.”
The show features new work from the artist at the Colo Colo Gallery in New Bedford, Massachusetts at 101 W. Rodney French Blvd., Door #4. (508) 642-6026. Hours for the gallery are T/TH/Fr/Sat – 1-6, Sun. 12-5. More information on New Bedford is found at this link.
Cynthia Guild is an Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts in Painting and Drawing.