LIGHT water + stone
Greg Mort – Shelley Robzen
March 30 – May 5, 2019
Opening Reception – Saturday, March 30, 12-3 pm
April First Friday Reception – Friday, April 5, 5-7:30 pm
Open House / Artist Talk – Saturday, April 6, 12 noon
May First Friday Reception – Friday, May 3, 5-7:30 pm
For Greg Mort, this exhibition offered a thought-provoking and rewarding challenge. “The pure simplicity and distillation of the concept demanded extreme focus and scrutiny. Subtleties took on greater importance often rising to the level of the sublime. My challenge was to understand the infinite multitude of tones and nearly imperceptible colors that dwell in what we often describe as the colorless pigment “white”. Every painting seeks a full understanding of the play between shadow and transparency as well as direct and reflected light in this understated realm.” The twelve watercolors in Mort’s new series serve as an experiment in perception, a quest for revelation and a sojourn into the heart of human emotion. The final quest: to paint the invisible elements of light. – Greg Mort The artist begins with nothing and seeks to find expression for an inner vision known only to them. They strive to find the essence of things – the unspoken, the elemental – the great beauty.
For sculptor Shelley Robzen, this journey began in the mind’s eye and ended within the stone. Working exclusively in the purest white carrara marble, she has created nine sculptures for this exhibition – each one succeeds in capturing the ephemeral quality of light. From solid blocks of marble luminous and translucent forms emerge each enlightened by Robzen’s sophisticated sense ofform, volume and line.
Simplicity of line seeking the purity of form is the essence of my sculpture.