DAMIEN HOAR de GALVAN/ RICHARD KLEIN/ LESLIE MURRAY/
ANNE SMITH/ SARAH LUTZ/ ELLEN RICH
JULY 21 – AUGUST 9, 2017
DAMIEN HOAR DE GALVAN
The gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition of sculpture, painting, prints, and photographs from a selection of our gallery artists. This exhibition is a discussion how light defines circumstance and opens and activates color.
DAMIEN HOAR de GALVAN lives and works in Boston. He was born in Northampton, MA in 1979. After studying behavioral science as an undergraduate he decided to take a different path as an artist. He completed the post-baccalaureate program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2008.
His work is almost exclusively made from recycled materials and is presented in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, and sculpture. The work is humorous, pathetic and hopeful, often questioning values and emotions and certainly wondering alongside the viewer. His work has been shown throughout Boston and Cape Cod and is in many private collections For this exhibition we will present a new suite of seven sculptures.
The gallery is pleased to present a suite of new works from RICHARD KLEIN. Richard will present new sculptures made from eyeglasses, ashtrays, other glass and photographic sources. It is a rare treat to see a group of this artist’s works together as they take many months to make and are often placed with collectors prior to being completed.
RICHARD KLEIN is an artist, curator, and writer. As an artist, he has exhibited widely, including the Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, Hales Gallery, London, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR, and the Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Norton Family Collection, Santa Monica, CA, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA, and the Connecticut Artists Collection (State of Connecticut), Hartford, CT. Since 1999 he has been exhibitions director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. In his sixteen year career as a curator of contemporary art he has organized over 80 exhibitions, including solo shows of the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Janine Antoni, Sol LeWitt, Mark Dion, Michael Joo, Hank Willis Thomas, Brad Kahlhamer, Roy McMakin, Mary Temple, Jessica Stockholder, Tom Sachs, and Elana Herzog. Major curatorial projects at The Aldrich have included Fred Wilson: Black Like Me (2006), Elizabeth Peyton: Portrait of an Artist (2008) and Shimon Attie: MetroPAL.IS. (2011). His essays on art and culture have appeared in Cabinet Magazine and have been included in books published by Hatje Cantz, Damiani, Picturebox, and the University of Chicago Press, among others. In November of 2014 he will be exhibiting his work at Aberson Exhibits in Tulsa, Oklahoma in connection with a panel discussion based on the book Living and Sustaining a Creative Life published in 2013. Klein was one of the contributing essayists for the book.
LESLIE MURRAY presents new paintings. Murray received her BFA from Maine College of Art in 2008 and her Master’s degree from New York University in 2013. She has been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and twice at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She currently lives in Portland, Maine and teaches at Maine College of Art.
Her paintings incorporate a formal landscape space and question identity and belonging within a more artificial and superficial sense of place. The work hinges on the translation between what exists in the physical world and the imagined, shinning augmentation of the natural. She is interested in the landscape as not simply what we observe, but as a way of seeing—interpreting and ascribing values to social and cultural constructs.
ANNE SMITH is an American artist based in London. Throughout her career she has worked as a potter, teacher designer and illustrator. She holds a BFA in Ceramics for Boston University’s Program in Artistry and a MFA in Ceramics from The NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
She has exhibited extensively and has been awarded grants from the NEA and Massachusetts Artists Foundation. Her work is in the collection of The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Boston Public Library and The Smithsonian Institution.
Often, her work takes its cues from written forms. The tenets of haiku inspire and approach to blending discrete visual language into a poetic whole. A veil of handwriting suggests the presence of voice; markings pulled from documents offer reference and grounding. For this exhibition we will present a group of new works on paper.
SARAH LUTZ has exhibited annually in Provincetown, MA for more than a decade and at the Schoolhouse Gallery since 2012. In addition, she has had solo exhibitions at the Richmond Art Center in Windsor, CT, at Brick Walk Books and Fine Art in West Hartford, CT, at The Painting Center and Lohin Geduld Gallery in New York City. In 2004 Lutz exhibited her work at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Galleries at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and has served on the National Advisory Council of the Tang Museum since 2007. Lutz was awarded a residency/installation at MAPSpace in Port Chester, NY, in November 2012 with fellow artist Beth Dary. Her monotypes were exhibited by Mike Carroll and Dolan/Maxwell at INK Miami in 2013, by 10 Grand Press at the E/AB Fair 2016 in New York and at the Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, Baltimore, Maryland in 2017
For this exhibition we will present a suite of intaglio prints on paper from a series titled, ‘Big Rock Candy Mountain’ printed and published at 10 Grand Press in Brooklyn, NY. Presented with new small paintings, the exhibition will present a new view into Sarah’s studio practice where lighter tones, softer marks and colors that open to paper’s gentler surface have guided her to express the joy and curiosity that has had us following her brush through oil paintings for years. In this series there were 5 intaglio plates in total, used in various combinations; each print was run through the press between 6 and 9 times, and some include direct painting and chine colle elements.
Sarah Lutz was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1967 but lived most of her childhood in Vermont and Guatemala. She holds a B.S. in Studio Art from Skidmore College and an M.F.A. from The American University. Lutz was a Junior Teaching Fellow in Residence at Dartmouth College in 1994, and was awarded a 1-month residency at The Vermont Studio Center in 1996. She lives and works in New York City with her husband and their two daughters. They spend as much time as possible near the water in Truro, Massachusetts.
ELLEN RICH will present new paintings. Rich often works with cut paper to form abstract color-driven paper sculptures so these paintings that are more closely tethered to a traditional painting format seem new, however her skill at making art that feels fresh, alive and on time drives the work and connects it to previous bodies of work, keeping us in a conversation about the joy of color and the satisfaction of painting that begins and end with emotion.
After graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and receiving a Traveling Scholarship her work has been exhibited in a variety of venues including the Genovese Sullivan Gallery, the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College, the Maine Center for Contemporary Art, the New England School of Art and Design and most recently the Essex Art Center. Her buoyant, color-rich art occupies a space somewhere between two and three dimensions and is in the collections of Wellington Management, Meditech, Simmons College as well as many private collections.