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Friday, February 5, 2016

First Friday February - Mothman?!

First Friday takes on an eerie quality at the Waldron Art Center this month ...
Mothman's appearance might have portended ill, but instead it portended some pretty neat flying art pieces...
Such strange-but-fascinating work by Edward Bernstein brought out the yearning child in our Hardened New York Art Critic...

But can you blame him?
Another fascinating sculpture awaited in the Vault, a walk-in cubist space...

... which got to our Hardened New York Art Critic right in the eye...
...and beguiled with implications of infinity...
Bernstein offers many other fascinating pieces...
My favorite was what seemed to be a doorway to hell...
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A friendlier mood was found next door, in an exhibit of limestone sculptures by Michael Van Vooren...
Van Vooren's pieces create a more convivial mood, which invites viewers to join in...
... even mending broken hearts, apparently!
That feeling of emptiness...
...soon filled...

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Upstairs colorful paintings by Carolyn Markey also explored the concept of void...
And filling the void...
...which made me think of the skylight grid overhead...
Thankyou Waldron and artists for many  flights of fancy ...
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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Falling for Art at IFell

On a dreary Friday night, a figure dimly seen...
...turned out to be a Famous New York Art Critic offering a challenge...
... let's go see some art!  So we headed off to IFell Gallery ...

As always, there were so many interesting things to be seen along the way, but somehow we got there...
Inside a strong group show awaited, comprised of artists with studios in the IFell building...

As always seems to be the case, the gallery space itself is unique and interesting...

Visible in the last photo are some very strong pieces by Patricia Cole, who always seems to create a strong and challenging link between the painter and the viewer.  
There is a link between painter and viewer but also a feeling of disconnect.  However much a person reveals, can they ever truly reveal themselves?


Next to Cole's work were some exquisite handmade books...

... and next to those exquisite abstracts by Abbigail Knowlton Israelson...

Cynthia Brubaker shows some strong work on the opposite wall, which for me has a textile sensibility...
... and there are some very fine woodworkings by an artist whose name I unfortunately didn't catch!
This is only a taste of a very fine show at I Fell, where an artist community seems to say  hello to the larger community!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Smiling through the Strain - First Friday in Bloomington Galleries

Once again I made some gallery rounds on Thursday in hopes of catching some shows in those moments of coming into being...

There are always fascinating and fun juxtapositions to be found and the excitement of transformation...
National Society of Arts and Letters Show 
at Waldron Art Center

Our Famous New York Art Critic got into the mood, and into the vault...

Raphael Cornford's Star Wars inspired wallpaper (?) in The Vault at the Waldron Art Center occasioned considerable musing.  Meanwhile,   Rachel Ankney's  photographic self-portrait under stress was very challenging but seemed to playfully touch on the madness of daily life...

The Vault Gallery offered playful shapes, brought to life by its ever present mobile...
There were also some marvelous photographs by marti garvey, showing the struggle between deterioration and new life...
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Sunlight bathes one alley and graffiti washes across the surfaces of another.   Another photograph evoked, like Ankney's self portrait, the tension and grace that comes from holding it together under stress...
Marvelous, texture-filled watercolors  by James Oblack at The Vault Gallery seemed to recall  austere beauties envisioned by Andrew Wyeth...
More soulful photographs of life and struggle could be seen at Pictura gallery.  Homeless folks in Bloomington were given cameras that they could use to show Bloomington through their eyes.  One of my favorites played with abstraction in response to a colorful public artwork on the BLine trail...
Other pictures explored the familiar theme of life finding away amidst decay...
... and monumental traceries of steel ...
...and painted figures that seem to come to life in two completely unconnected photographs...
Crates waiting to be unpacked showed how much hard work goes into a show...

At Darn Good Soup, lively and playful paintings put on a good show and a Cheshire Cat makes an unsettling appearance...
Promises to be another great First Friday in Bloomington!

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