Saturday, April 23, 2016

A VISIT TO NEW CITY GALERIE

Church Street, Burlington, VT

My husband and I spent a day looking at art in downtown Burlington while visiting back home in Vermont.  One of our first stops was New City Galerie.
 
The gallery is located upstairs at 132 Church Street.  We received a warm welcome from gallery curator Joseph Pensak as we entered.  We conversed about life and art.  I even had the chance to help out with some artwork photography while there.  Those are the types of experiences that stay with you forever.
 
This small gallery is well worth the visit if you are in the Burlington area.  Here is a glance at some of the work we had the chance to see:

Works by Catherine Hall

The above are works from Catherine Hall’s constellation series.  They are small and intimate, allowing the viewer to experience a vast subject matter in a personal sense.  There is a glow created by the use of glass beads which create pathways for the eye to follow.  These works are like little gems.

Meg Lipke,  "Grid", wool, muslin, silk, ink, fabric dye, polyfil,  59" X 36"

I have wanted to see Meg Lipke’s textile works in person for quite a while.  The silkiness of some works and the rougher texture of others left me reining in the urge to touch them. 
Close-up of one of the "Grid" sections.  Meg Lipke.

Meg Lipke, " Green Stairs", fabric dye, beeswax resist, muslin over polyfil, 31" X 22 1/2"

Close-up of Meg Lipke's "Green Stairs"

Lipke's stairway pieces have strong architectural shapes.  The green work seems to transform into a cityscape while the patterns add to the feel of trying to find one’s way around a city grid.  The close-up shows the textural elements.

Meg Lipke, "Blue Stairs", fabric dye, beeswax resist, muslin over polyfil, 32 1/2" X 23"

One thinks of blue as a calming color, yet the “Blue Stairs” overall shape and white lines give a sense of energy and movement.  I enjoyed the combination of these very different feelings.

Julia Kunin, "Bismuth Head", ceramic, 19" X 12" X 10"

Close-up of Julia Kunin's "Bismuth Head"

Julia Kunin’s  "Bismuth Head" consists of tiny frames stacked on top of each other.  It is an intriguing geometric work reminiscent of cubism.  There are layers upon layers, empty spaces between them to peer into and a beautiful glow as light hits individual sections.  The layering and angles allow for a new journey every time it is viewed.

Meg Walker, "Brain Unraveled", vines, wire, led lights

Meg Walker’s “Brain Unraveled” travels down the wall as if it just can’t keep itself together.  I think we’ve all felt like this at one time or another.  The poem next to the piece is oddly written, not quite together either.  Motion activated lights appear as firing neurons.  It leads to thoughts on how the brain functions.

Art speaks to us through experiences, color, texture, thoughts and other means.  It can lead us to see things differently and to discuss subjects we may not normally discuss.  Experience art from your own perspective, embrace others and have a great day.

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