Exhibition imagery and artwork details uploading.
Featuring Ard Berge . Gray Park . Holly Popielarz . Laura Radwell
October - November 2020
OPENING EVENT Saturday, October 24th from 6:00-8:00 PM
Amid the busy chaos of life in a material world, look up in the quiet moments, recount vivid dreams and complex human interactions and begin to notice delicately sewn threads of uncanny connectivity. They lead us to question where we actually are right now. Our realities are extraordinarily individual. What one remembers is not what another does, even with all of the same tangible information being provided to each. At the core of our landscape and mindscape are stacks of consciousness folding and unfolding.
Be it rolling hills, watery reflections of blue sky, skyscraper filled streets or wallpaper lined rooms, a ‘scape’ is the environment we exist within or imagine from our mind’s eye and experiences. How we inhabit these spaces and the feelings assigned when we are in them or gazing upon them is a reflection of our own emotional state of being. Our senses are piqued and plucked. Our energy flips through files of old memories that exist deeply within us as scent, sound, or feeling, and reach out like antennae to latch onto information downloading.
Coastal Contemporary features paintings and sculptures by four New England artists Ard Berge, Gray Park, Holly Popielarz and Laura Radwell. from October 18th – November 30th,.
Ard Berge and Gray Park both paint in plein-air fashion. Ever so closely they observe the details of a vibrant life shifted by the changing New England light and weather. There is an eerie element to Berge’s traditionally rendered ‘scapes’ where the human is present, but also absent. The viewer gazes in, almost as a voyeur sneaking quietly into a fantasy. Our recollections fall into the moment and shape our translations. Berge unites history and closely observed perspectives of contemporary life. He examines the fleeting yet lasting forces of our economy and society, as they continuously push redefinitions upon these delicate environments.
Park immerses us in textural, bold landscapes and we are heavily doused with the occasion. He skillfully translates the motion of the changing seasons as time slides around. We exist where the painter stands and the rectangular format of stretched canvas gently fades away. Wind bends grasses and ripples the water, a bird swoops above, clouds morph the sky, warm tones turn cool and as all of this reaches our vision, we gather every ounce and become transported through his window pane.
Radwell activates her process with a memory and employs color as a launching pad on her journey into imagined and abstracted impressions of place. A stream of spontaneous inspiration guides her brush and we find ourselves immersed in familiar and unfamiliar territory. The artist intentionally excludes specific representational elements, allowing freedom for herself and the viewer to be lost within or find respite inside of these atmospheric, illusioned worlds. With suggested horizon, our mind, body and spirit strive to find footing within the mysteries she suggests through sweeping brushstroke, line and gathered layers of thick pigment.
Popielarz communicates personal perspectives with the environment through a variety of reused, raw materials and by being present in her pure and whimsical techniques of hand-crafting minute details. She is aware of the altered differences between the way things are in reality versus the ways in which we translate and remember them. Her curious sculptures demonstrate this through a strangeness of shapes and forms, conveyed in an alien-like manner. These ‘scapes’ have the viewer gazing upon a part of life that is often haunting, a bit empty, lonely, uncertain and ever mysterious. Holly’s pieces are stored in playful, theatrical containers that she produces for each. The work becomes rather like a tiny traveling circus as it is transported, an appropriate metaphor for the world we live in.