Open House, Saturday, July 2, 10-5 pmSneak Preview, First Friday, July 1, 5-8“Spectrum,” featuring new paintings by Mark Hatfield and Larry Schroth, new wire sculptures by Rebecca Kamen, new photographs by Celia Pearson and new drawings by Kenneth Schiano opens at the Carla Massoni Gallery on Friday, July 1, 2005 and runs through July 30. Featured events will include a “First Friday” gallery reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 1, and a Gallery Open House on Saturday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The artists will give a Gallery Talk about the work at 12 noon on Saturday, July 2.
Mark Hatfield’s large oil and alkyd abstractions seem informed by landscape. His work is abstract, powerful and yet oddly delicate. The titles for Mark’s paintings are drawn from Christian scripture, the Sufi poets – Rumi and Kabir , and the mystic writers William Blake and Rainer Maria Rilke.
The surfaces of Larry Schroth’s acrylic on paper pieces suggest Eastern sensibilities trapped in a Western mind and struggling to emerge. The gestural quality in much of the work brings to mind Oriental and Arabic calligraphy or contemporary graffiti.
Rebecca Kamen’s dense wire sculptures recall contemporary string theory, which unifies quantum mechanics and general relativity – indeed she was recently selected as one of two artists whose work was chosen to honor the 100th anniversary of the discovery of relativity.
Photographer Celia Pearson recently provided the photographs for a book on sea glass (Pure Sea Glass – Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems, by Richard H. Lamotte 2004 -ISBN 0-9753246-0-8). She became fascinated with the luminosity of this material, especially when it was photographed at close range and printed large. Her photographs and digital prints seem to glow from within.
Ken Schiano’s new drawings are beautifully crafted, with a lurking sensuality beneath all those lines. Bodily details seem to appear and disappear at will. Skin Flicks” is certainly an apt title for the series!