Reception: Friday, October 4 from 6pm to 8pm
Preview Reception: Saturday, October 5, 2019 4-6 pm (Secrets of the Elements 5: At Infinity’s Edge)
Artist’s Reception: Saturday October 12, 2019 4-6pm (Secrets of the Elements 5: At Infinity’s Edge, Artist Talk at 5pm)
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 4-6 pm (Invoking Melpomene & Nature on my Mind: Landscapes, Seascapes)
Closing Reception: Saturday, October 26, 2019, 3-6 pm
Secrets of the Elements 5: At Infinity’s Edge
Langley Spurlock with John Martin Tarrat
Life on Mars. Death by paintbrush. Art and haiku meet on the borders of Creation. At STUDIO GALLERY, chemist-artist Langley Spurlock and poet John Martin Tarrat say goodbye to the periodic table in the fifth and last installment of a fifteen-year collaboration. 25 new pieces feature painting, sculpture, collage, digital print and haiku. Sodium, Radium, Titanium. And, at the very edge, some of the oddest, out-there elements to rock the known universe.
When I arrived in Athens last July, I checked into my hotel, walked through the Plaka, and up to the Acropolis. There, surrounded by the towering, worn columns, walking in the white heat of a Greek summer, I searched for a way to connect with my surroundings and find a springboard into my work on Skopelos. I found Melpomene. Daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, her name means “the one that is melodius.” She has been known as the Muse of Singing, the Muse of Chorus, and the Muse of Tragedy. Less well known than her more famous sisters, she is associated with Dionysis, the lover of Achelous, and the mother of sirens. I can’t say exactly why I find her so fascinating, but I do know that I thought of her
dancing in the trees and on the water. And I heard her singing in the winds over Skopelos.
Nature on My Mind: Landscapes, Seascapes
Having spent my professional life in conservation, I take inspiration from majestic views of nature, especially of land and water, which provide all of us the foundation we need to enjoy life and to prosper.
Though in recent years I’ve mostly shown artwork featuring urban themes, Nature on My Mind offers another take, another view, of what I see around me. The work derives chiefly from the images and vistas I absorb when I travel, when I wander outdoors, when I take in the sunsets out the back window of my apartment, on the beach, in the mountains.
My sketchbook is ever at the ready, one or another drawing the inspiration for a painting. Some of my paintings are based on actual places, others are imaginary or abstracted in what I call an expressionist style, somewhere along the spectrum between realism and abstraction.
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