Studio Gallery May 2022 Exhibitions

By Editorial Team on April 25, 2022

Wed, 27 April 2022 - Sat, 21 May 2022

Reception: Saturday, May 7 from 3pm to 6pm

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“Nightcatcher Boat by Micheline Klagsbrun

Micheline Klagsbrun: Crossings
Klagsbrun’s latest exhibition expands on her acclaimed vision of Night Boats as shown in 2021. Wall-hung mixed-media work will be displayed together with a new fleet of Night Boat sculptures, addressing the notion of a fraught crossing from one place to another. The works are patched together from a variety of media and found objects, seemingly fragile yet in fact resilient, representing perilous voyages into the unknown.

“The discovery of a ship’s log recording my father’s 1941 escape to the UK from Lisbon, and the tragic history of that ship, were the original inspiration for Night Boats. My Polish-born parents were refugees living in Belgium when World War II uprooted their large families once again and scattered them all over the globe. With the Night Boats series I revisit those family memories of dislocation and migration. At the same time, this work echoes the ongoing plight of refugees and asylum seekers everywhere, a tragic constant in our daily news.”
-Micheline Klagsbrun, March 2022

Crossings also alludes to more symbolic voyages into the unknown: the journey of the soul through the Underworld and all the journeys we take when we close our eyes at night. Physical gaps in the work, that appear to be filled with light or with stormy darkness, are spanned by delicate threads and illusions. This powerfully evocative work is both timely and timeless.

Armaggedon Approaching by Elizabeth Curren

Elizabeth Curren: IMPACT
This work has been created in response to the quickening pace of climate change and global warming. Of late, I have been considering the uneasy truth that there is beauty and wonder in Nature’s forces of destruction. Using oils, acrylics, watercolors and collage, these forces have been portrayed in paintings, in prints and in artist’s books. Each piece in this exhibit calls attention to a phenomena which has captured my imagination and stirred my senses, even as it has wreaked havoc on people and wildlife. This tension has caused me to examine my own participation, my own responsibility, my own contribution to the destruction of our home planet.

Between Worlds by Carolee Jakes

Carolee Jakes: Something Old, Something New
Ms Jakes pairs multi-layered oil paintings with intricately carved woodblock prints. Crisp lines and swaths of color populate the space between realism and abstraction.

Crayola I by Carol Rubin

Carol Rubin: Woven
Recent abstract paintings are experiments in color combinations integrating the surface with a tapistry of colors, building from muted to strong hues to form a tightly woven surface. Abstract forms bring to mind cityscapes.

Mother, Meme, and Daughter by Suliman Abdullah

Suliman Abdullah: A lineage of Three – Love, Joy, and Compassion
The art of seeing wits, personality, individualistic attributes, and multi-talents across three generations is a beautiful thing to witness, because of its rarity. It is a conceptual idea that Suliman Abdullah sees as art. Having profound conversations, finding common interests within family stories passed down from generation to generation, and sharing family values, is an amazing thing to discover among someone you hold dear to you. The artist was honored to photograph his girlfriend (Lalebela Moore), her mother (Savon Smith ), and her grandmother (Suwon Smith) also known as Mema.

Seeing them interact with each other gives you a warm welcoming connection. Not only do you see the love they have for one another, but you are intrigued to know more of their story. Their love for one another is astounding and a gift to witness. It transcends over to others around them, and to their broader communities. Their loving, positive energy is a beacon of hope for all to value and carries daily. Seeing these photos, the artist hopes you can resonate with the connection you have with someone in your life and hopes that you are inspired to look back at your family “forest” and find commonalities and shared values in those connections.

As an artist, Suliman is always striving to find a connection between his own story and things that he resonates with while making it meaningful for himself and for all art patrons. The connection between our environment, our loved ones, and our past and present is something he tried to convey within his art in this exhibit.

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