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Engaging Space / Liriodendron

Engaging Space
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

 

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International Contemporary Artist Space Show Opening ‘INK Platter”

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 info@lqmgallery.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
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Visual Arts Senior Exhibition 2014

ECSU Visual Arts Senior Show 2014

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.

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“Metanoia” by Richard Harden at the Clare Gallery

 

Richard Harden painting

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.

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“Displaced” Student Exhibition

Displaced Exhibition

The students of Professor Gail Gelburd’s Museums Studies Class have partnered with Willimantic’s No-Freeze Shelter to curate the exhibition Displaced: Perspectives from Within. The exhibition is at the Willimantic Public Library through March. This exhibition was first shown at Eastern State University’s Shafer hall.

The exhibition includes art created by our students and some young students from other towns, but the main focus of the exhibition will be the work created by the guests of the No-Freeze shelter in Willimantic. The students in the class met with the homeless men and women at the shelter and gave them cameras and art supplies. This gave the guests an opportunity to share their perceptions of being homeless and their life in Willimantic. The exhibition will be accompanied by information about homelessness in America. The students  will also show videos and films about the subject during the opening reception.

The students in the course devised the theme, conducted the research. They were divided into museum departments and curated the works, condition reported, catalogued and labeled the images, prepared accompanying educational programming, promoted the exhibition, managed the budget, and then designed the exhibition, the flyers, didactics, and labels. They worked as a team to carefully install the exhibition and open it up for public viewing.

This project is an example of community based learning—students who participated in the project learned first hand about this issue and the guests shared their creativity.

Gail Gelburd is Professor of Art History.

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Akus Gallery Opens New Exhibition

Akus Gallery Printmakers image

Akus Gallery is exhibiting the 3rd Annual Connecticut Printmakers Invitational. The exhibition runs from March 6 – April 17, 2014. The opening reception is Thursday, March 6, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Akus Gallery is located in Shafer Hall on the Eastern Connecticut University Campus.

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Public Art Installation by Brad Guarino

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.

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“STILLLIFE” solo exhibition by John O’Donnell

John O'Donnell STILLLIFE Exhibition

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.

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New Work by Cynthia Guild

Cynthia Guild

Out to Sea

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.

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Eastern Design Students Exhibit at Kerri Gallery

Green Lights Project

Each year, Green Lights, an initiative of the Last Green Valley (tlvg.org), encourages residents of our region to show support for the National Heritage Corridor by displaying green lights in any way they can imagine between February 15 and March 17, 2014.

This year, Eastern’s Design Program, Thread City Development, Inc., the Willimantic Screen Project, the Willimantic Brewing Company and the Kerri Art Studio & Gallery are partnering to illuminate the Kerri Gallery storefront on 861 Main Street, Willimantic, in celebration of the Last Green Valley’s 4th Annual Green Lights initiative. The Kerri Gallery will host an opening reception for Green Lights on Thursday 2/27, 6-8 pm. This reception is free and open to the public—All are welcome.

The Gallery will glow each night from February 27 to March 5, 2014 with a series of publicly visible, inventively imagined green light images created by Eastern Connecticut State University design students.

Artists: Kara Berglund, Melissa Blaejak, Christing Broccoli, Laura Cardeno, Joshua Cranmer, Braden Herrick, Lauren Hopkins, Cynthia Kapp, Solinda Keth, Collen King, Hannah Lewis, Cassandra Marion, Chris McMenamey, Seth Meyers, Kristin Palka, Joseph Perez, Robert Picone, Mark Raleigh, Alyssa Reilly, Alexa Senia, Chelsea Taylor, Tyler Scott, Julie Vega.

To watch a video of last year’s Green Lights projection visit: http://vimeo.com/65613541

Digital prints of the green light images will be on display inside the gallery as well.  So day or night, please join us to celebrate our Heritage Corridor and raise energy conservation awareness.

Professor June Bisantz helped organize this exhibition. Bisantz is Professor of Art, Digital Art and Design.

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