Wednesday, August 9, 2017 | News | Events | Exhibitions | V. Feature
571 Projects is pleased to present beyond all walking, an exhibition of new and recent mixed media paintings on canvas, linen and paper by accomplished artist Melora Griffis. This visually arresting selection of landscapes and portraits plumbs underlying psychological states, executed with the artist’s characteristic masterful gesture and vivid palette. The exhibition will be on view from August 18 through October 14 at 571 Projects, 56 Park Street, Stowe, Vermont. An opening reception will take place on August 18, 5 - 8pm at 571 Projects, 56 Park Street, Stowe VT. Griffis will give an artist talk at the gallery on October 6 at 6:30 pm.
Alive with immediacy, Melora Griffis’ paintings are mysterious, deploying confident brushstrokes, delicate veils of paint, and surprising areas of iridescence and glitter. The surreal, dream-like “cave” paintings, such as beyond all walking, imaginary cave, and pool of light luxuriate in rich palette and uncanny light effects. The cave is a recurring visual device for Griffis, laden with ideas of primordial shelter and symbolizing inner states. Invariably a portal of light or darkness acts as a prism conveying transition, movement, and reflection. In a world with walls that wrap and bundle, passages convey with luminosity, or an absorption of it, that which is not yet seen. In beyond all walking (2017, acrylic and glitter on canvas, 38 x 40 in.), we look from a low viewpoint inside a cave across a glittering pool reflecting the sun and sky, toward a remote tree line framed by the mouth of the cave. Delicate blue and pink float over this far landscape, a distant promise of evening. A kind of poignancy emanates from her work, resonating with the viewer. Memories and dreams, emerging from the unconscious, play a painterly role in her compositions. “I work intuitively, leaning toward an organic mark, celebrating a textured, uneven, layered surface where serendipitous action transpires,” Griffis states. Her painterly approach toward representation heightens a fluid ambiguity - painting the thing or the person which is disappearing and emerging at the same time, as in the elegantly complex portrait sister (2008, oil on canvas, 32.5 x 21.5 in.), or in the brushy immediacy of look away (2010, oil on canvas, 32 x 21.5 in.).
A native New Yorker, Griffis received her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts (Montpelier, VT) and her BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design. She has had solo exhibitions at the Pamela Williams Gallery (Amagansett, NY), Lizan Tops Gallery and AE Gallery (both East Hampton, NY), Whitney Art Works (Greenport, NY), The Boylan Gallery (Rhinebeck, NY), Blue Heron Arts Center (New York, NY) and 571 Projects (New York, NY). Her work has been included in group shows at Edward Thorp Gallery (New York, NY), White Columns (New York, NY), Bowman/Bloom Gallery (New York, NY), Michael Steinberg (New York, NY), Silas Marder (Bridgehampton, NY), Ille Arts, (Amagansett, NY), Sara Nightingale Gallery, (Sag Harbor, NY) and Boltax Gallery (Shelter Island, NY) among others. Griffis has received fellowships from Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus (Schwandorf, Germany), the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, (Ithaca, NY), Schloss Pluschow (Mecklenberg-Vorpommern, Germany), The Edward F. Albee Foundation (Montauk, NY) and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Amherst, VA).
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Friday, December 2, 2016 | News | Exhibitions
reception Wednesday December 7, 5 - 8 pm
on view December 7, 2016 - January 14, 2017
571 Projects is pleased to present Golden Days, an exhibition of landscapes: mixed media pigment and emulsion transfers, and lenticular prints by accomplished artist Dorothy Simpson Krause. Krause’ work is exhibited widely in galleries and museums both in the United States and abroad, and featured in numerous current periodicals and magazines. Golden Days marks the first exhibit of her work in the state of Vermont, and will be on view by appointment, from December 7, 2016 through January 14, 2017 at 571 Projects, 56 Park Street, Stowe, VT. A painter, collage artist and print maker, Krause incorporates digital mixed media into her art. A recurring concern in her work is global climate change, and her layered landscapes memorialize the ephemeral beauty of the natural world. The opening reception will be held on December 7, 5-8 pm at 56 Park Street, Stowe Vermont.
Krause’ luminous landscapes range in size from 14 x 14 inches to 36 x 36 inches, and draw the viewer into a world defined by sky, water, luxuriant vegetation and reflections. Where the Hudson River painters of the 1800s saw the sublime in the American wilderness, under threat even then, Krause draws out a powerful, all-encompassing spirituality as she at once captures a fragile beauty and underlines its inevitable vulnerability. Suffused with a soft, nuanced palette, works like Misty River (2012, pigment transfer with mixed media on aluminum, 36 x 36 in.) seem to hearken more to historical documents, its golden tones heightening a sense of nostalgia for a disappearing landscape.
Masterfully executed, these works lie at the crossroads between cutting edge digital processes and traditional art making methods. Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art where she founded the Computer Arts Center, Krause has a made a career of pushing the boundaries of art making with available technological advances.
In addition to being Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art, Krause is also a member of Digital Atelier, an artists’ collaborative. Her work has won many awards including the Smithsonian/ComputerWorld Technology in the Arts Award (1997), and the Kodak Innovator Award (2000). Her work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including The Landing Gallery (Rockland, ME); Evos Art Institute (Lowell, MA); the Attleboro Museum of Art (Attleboro, MA); The Judi Rotenberg Gallery (Boston, MA); 571 Projects (New York City). Her work is in many museum collections including The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Dalarna Museum (Dalarna, Sweden); The Smithsonian Museum of American Art (Washington, DC); Art Complex Museum (Duxbury, MA); State Museum (Novosibirsk, Russia); and The DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Framingham, MA). Krause was selected as the inaugural Helen M. Salzburg Artist-in-Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University (2012).
Thursday, September 1, 2016 | News
In our first collaboration with The Helen Day Art Center, 571 Projects is pleased to announce Intergalactic Current, an exhibition of collaged paintings by visual artist Sally Gil, opening on September 16, and on view through November 13 at The Helen Day Art Center, 92 Pond Street, Stowe, Vermont. While Gil works in a variety of formats, from small to immersive, this exhibition focuses mainly on the artist’s large works. In addition, she will create a site-specific installation. Collage and paint applied directly onto the gallery wall, the installation will last only for the duration of the exhibition.
Sally Gil’s technicolor utopias draw the viewer into complex worlds where iconic images form unexpected poetic passages and nonlinear story lines. Sourced from a variety of print media, she explores visual and word associations, puns, reversed images, changes in scale and in perspective. Seen from afar, there is a sense of the cosmos, the Big Bang, star dust. Up close, thoughtfully juxtaposed elements engage us with detail and intimacy. Choosing to paint over, embellish, or riff off of these elements, she fully appropriates and transforms the found imagery. Gil’s process is both intuitive and meticulous. She employs happenstance and fortuitous accidents as a means to reveal truths; at the heart of her art making lies trust in the process and the materials at hand.
At times a kind of nostalgia bubbles to the surface, and while the works are not intended as autobiographical documents, each holds the indelible marks of the maker and the things that have meaning for her. One of Gil’s exhibited works, Two Stellar Women (2013-2015, collage, acrylic, casein, and house paint on canvas, 58 x 60 in.), takes its title from the images of Shirley Chisholm and Mary Leakey who appear in the piece. Both women, notable for their exceptional pioneering achievements, are historically significant. In Gil’s painting they play concurrent personal and compositional roles, as iconic figures and as integral structural elements. Many of the images that Gil uses are archetypal: examples of flora, fauna, places, and architecture, are dotted throughout, merged by the artist’s careful painting. Discrete fragments are linked, holding a wealth of signifiers, and each work rewards time spent with it. The more you look, the more you see. Personal and universal, Sally Gil’s work is generous: it allows each viewer a way in.
Brooklyn-based visual artist Sally Gil was born and raised in Bennington, VT. She received her Bachelor of Arts at UC San Diego and her Masters of Fine Arts at Hunter College, CUNY. She has had solo exhibitions at The Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT; Geary Contemporary, NYC; 571 Projects, NYC; University of North Carolina, Charlotte; and Dean Bergen Gallery, Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at The Brooklyn Museum; The Rotunda Gallery. Brooklyn; and White Columns, NYC, among other venues. The artist was a Fellow at Apexart (2013) to São Paolo, Brazil and a Visiting Artist at The University of North Carolina, Charlotte (2010) and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (2001). Her work is included in the US State Department’s Arts in Embassies program, in Brazzaville, Congo (2014-2016).See more of Sally Gil's work at The Fleming Museum of Art's Contemporary Voices from Vermont, September 2016 - May 2017
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Thursday, April 28, 2016 | News | Exhibitions
In our first collaboration with The Bennington Museum, 571 Projects is pleased to announce, Out of This World, an exhibition curated by Sophie Bréchu-West, of new and recent work by visual artist Sally Gil. Though her work has been widely exhibited, this show marks Gil’s first exhibition in her native Vermont. In addition to a traditional hang of her work, the gallery space at The Bennington Museum lent itself to a site specific installation, created by the artist directly on the walls with her signature blend of collage and painted elements, creating a horizon line and playfully incorporating the architectural quirks and characteristics.
Sally Gil’s technicolor utopias draw the viewer into complex worlds where iconic fragments taken from a variety of found print materials (discarded encyclopedias, seed catalogues, post cards) form new narratives with ephemera from daily life (tea wrappers, paper from florists, doilies). Her stream of consciousness sweeps us up with effervescent energy. Seen from afar, there is a sense of the cosmos, the Big Bang, star dust. Close up, thoughtfully juxtaposed elements create alternate stories. Choosing to paint over, embellish, or riff off these elements, she fully appropriates and transforms the found imagery.
Gil’s process is meticulous, using visual and word association to construct possible alternate worlds. At times a kind of nostalgia bubbles to the surface, and while the works are not intended as autobiographical documents, each holds the indelible marks of the maker and the those things that hold meaning for her. In Indigenous Mass (2012-2014, collage, acrylic, casein, and house paint on paper, 42 x 48 in.), the image of a Morgan horse, at the center of the work, stands under a blueberry sky - the state animal of Vermont and a berry which many will associate with New England summers. Each fragment holds a wealth of signifiers. Personal and universal, Sally Gil’s work is generous: it allows each viewer a way in.
Brooklyn-based visual artist Sally Gil was born and raised in Bennington, Vermont. She received her Bachelor of Arts at UC San Diego and her Masters of Fine Arts at Hunter College, CUNY. She has had solo exhibitions at Geary Contemporary, NYC; 571 Projects, NYC; University of North Carolina, Charlotte; and Dean Bergen Gallery, Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at The Brooklyn Museum; The Rotunda Gallery. Brooklyn; and White Columns, NYC, among other venues. The artist was a Fellow at Apexart (2013) to São Paolo, Brazil and a Visiting Artist at The University of North Carolina, Charlotte (2010) and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (2001). Her work is included in the US State Department’s Arts in Embassies program, in Brazzaville, Congo (2014-2016).
For more information email: Sophie@571Projects.com, www.571Projects.com