Annie Wildey, Michele Mozzone, Will Kurtz


August - September 2020

OPENING EVENT Saturday, August 8th from 5:00-7:00 PM




In physics, a fluid is a substance that continually deforms under an applied shear stress, or external force. Fluids are a phase of matter and include liquids, gases and plasmas. They are substances with zero shear modulus, or, in simpler terms, substances which cannot resist any shear force applied to them.


Something that is unstable or subject to change can be described as fluid. The fluid political situation in a particular country makes it unsafe to travel there, with the constant possibility of a violent uprising.   


A fluid personality is used to describe someone at ease with themselves, in themselves and thus they can let others be themselves. 


Gender-Fluid is of, or relating to, or being a person, whose gender identity is not fixed but a mix of both genders.  Their expression doesn't fit inside the traditional male or female categories.



Humans are fluid and rigid.  In 2020, we are practicing greater fluidity and flexibility.  We are adjusting to something very peculiar.  Stability is uprooted and uncertain for the majority.  As our world drastically shifts, it is increasingly imperative to remain present.  After all, this is the only thing we ever really had, or will have.  Before the global crisis, we could envision what might be in store with a better sense of confidence and clarity.  Considering and predicting where we are going as individuals and collectively, is rather like pondering the uncharted after-life. 


Annie Wildey captures atmospheric seascapes and water in ways unlike any other.  Her sensibility to the subject transports the viewer.  Upon close examination Wildey’s brush strokes are visible, charged with energy and we are aware of the hand that produced them.  As one steps back, a strong realism materializes when all elements come into sight.  She pays attention to the mood of the waters, the passing of time and remaining present in the moment.  Mist and fog are masterfully executed with or without horizon.  We are given a sense of place and depth of field.  Wildey strives to capture the essence of the wave and water through the chaos and accidental, gestural marks in lieu of attempting to make sense of and render the wave.  Pulling upon elements of surprise and excitement, her paintings clearly communicate the nuance of the sea.


Will Kurtz, a magician of sorts, constructs life-sized human, animal and mythological forms by creating internal structures and building upon them with layers of newspaper and, or magazine.  He uses the printed color spontaneously, as if painting with fluid pigment.  His precise attention to detail has duped live dogs into believing the illusion of the sculpted.  Kurtz explains that his medium of choice gives a raw, imperfect, ephemeral quality that reminds us that we are only here on this earth for a short while.


Michele Poirier Mozzone depicts figure and fabric as it is abstracted and fractured by the water, suspended in time.  Mozzone views the water as a representative of life and change. She states that the bubbles are placeholders for the ideas and intentions that rise from individuals to the open air.  Through the interchange of figure, water and air, the works in her series ‘Fractured Light’ not only capture what would otherwise be fleeting moments of play and exploration, but also inner struggles and turmoil.  The work is a compilation of snapshots in which we observe the figure reacting within this fluid, transformative environment. 


All three artists hold the ability to shift the scale of their work from large, to small and intimate without compromising the vitality of the scene or personality of the life form.  Coastal Contemporary Gallery is honored to feature their spirits and artworks in August for ‘FLUID’, an exhibition that will keep Newport cool during the hottest summer month. 
















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Coastal Contemporary Gallery
491 Thames Street, Newport RI 02840  401.612.6121

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