MAC Spotlights Robert Greene’s Intriguing Work by Karen Barthelson
Robert Greene’s solo exhibit , Frenetic Composure, represents his interest in the figure and is inspired by as he states, “…the activity of the human mind…” and “…deals primarily with the human condition…”
What drew me to Robert’s work and what I found so surprising is how his pieces, while made of sticks of wood, manage to have an organic feel to them, particularly the figures. The figure stands still while the wood pieces forming the figure appear to be moving in various directions, giving it a frantic energy.
Robert lives in Ledyard, Connecticut and currently teaches at Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT where he received his undergraduate degree in sculpture in 2006. He went on to earn his MFA in sculpture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, MA in 2010, and stayed to teach in the 3D department for two years until 2012.
Robert has been gaining some recognition exhibiting mostly in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He has won awards, has works in many private collections and was mentioned in a Boston Globe article “Stand Out Students” in 2013.
While active with his own work at his Ledyard studio and at the Noank Foundry, Robert also enjoys teaching. He explained “…everybody has the creative potential; there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student’s excitement when they discover exactly what they can make with their own hands…”.
Rob’s solo sculpture exhibition Frenetic Composure reception is January 16 from 5:30-7:30 at the Mystic Arts Center.
consists an installation of multiple ranks sheets of semi-transparent plastic of very light weight and thickness. The overall installation which extends to fill the length and width of the Atrium in its configuration defines the space as well as interacts with the environmental conditions and the vicissitudes of light and air currents.
The dimensions and configuration of the individual plastic curtains invite multiple interpretations. They are flag-like, yet in the absence of identifying marking or color they suggest a transcendence of nationalism towards a common unifying human identity. They are like the sails of ships, calling to mind New London’s maritime heritage. The curtains are subject to ambient light and air currents causing them to move, movement that is reminiscent of the motion of water, re-enforcing our relationship to the nearby ocean.
In addition to its sculptural elements Engaging Space incorporates music as well in the form of the music/sound installation created by Joseph Butch Rovan. His piece Liriodendron is both interpretation of and response to the physical space of the atrium. However, this extraordinary sound experiences draws directly from the environment found at the Arboretum of nearby Connecticut College. In fact Liriodendron is also the name of a particular species of tree found there.
The ultimate effect is to focus attention to space and invite reflection upon and appreciation of our relationship to its ubiquitous yet integral presence.
Mark Gerard McKee: www.mckeestudio.com
Liriodendron, an 8-channel interactive sound installationThe Liriodendron Tulipiferis, or “Tulip Tree,” is a species known for its long straight trunk, distinctive foliage, and flowering canopy. The tree is not only beautiful but also functional, having been favored by shipbuilders in the 18th and 19th centuries for its use in the making of ships’ masts.
There is a stand of ancient liriodendron in the Connecticut College arboretum, astonishing for both their height and their graceful elegance. Watching the subtle movement of their high branches reminded me of the gently swaying forms of Mark McKee’s Engaging Space, and so I created this sound piece as a kind of musical response to his work.
All the sounds in this piece, then, come from the arboretum. The right front entry gate on Williams Street features, as a centerpiece, a decorative liriodendron leaf in wrought iron. Striking the gate, and listening through the leaf’s vibrating form, I discovered the gamelan-like resonances featured here, which suggest to me both the lyricism of the tree’s name and its mysterious past.
By walking through the atrium, listeners will be able to “play” this piece as well. Liriodendron reacts to their movement by offering up a series of high rhythmic melodies, like the tree’s high canopy, that rise to the building’s upper reaches.
Joseph Butch Rovan:www.soundidea.org/rovan/index.html
The Atrium, at HARRIS PLACE
165 State Street, New London, Connecticut
Opening Reception: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 27, 2014
September 27 2014 – March 31, 2015
A temporary multidisciplinary art installation
International Contemporary Artist Space & LQM Gallery would like to invite you to join us for Grand Opening at our new location and the opening of our August resident artist show titled “Journey: An Artistic Dialogue.” This show will feature 11 prominent Chinese resident artists and 1 curator visiting us during the month of August. It will include complimentary refreshments, live music, and we will be joined by a selection of distinguished contemporary American artists as well.
Our residents will include the following:
- Yang Songlin; Executive Director of China Oil Painting Society President of Shandong Oil Painting Society
- Lin Junjuan; Coordinator of Shandong Artist Association Delegation Director and Curator of Shandong Oil Painting Association Office
- Chen Guoli; Coordinator of Shandong Artist Association Delegation Director of China Oil Painting Society Vice President of Shandong Oil Painting Society
- Chen Jianhua; Professor of Shandong University of Arts
- Guan Puxue; Professor of Shandong University of Arts Kong Xinmiao; President of Fine Arts department of Shandong Normal University
- Song Qiming; Professor of Shandong University of Arts
- Wang Yuping; Professor of Shandong University of Arts
- Zhong Jikun; Senior painter of Shandong Painting Academy
- Zhang Ping; Professor of Fine Arts department of Shandong Normal University
- Zhou Weihua; Professor of Fine Arts department of University of Jinan
- Zhang Zhiqiang; Professor of Fine Arts department of Shandong Jianzhu University
‘Journey: An Artistic Dialogue’ is a demonstration of artistic evolution and vitality. The peaceable coexistence between the world’s inhabitants and its known destructive forces briefly describes the International Contemporary Art Space’s [ICAS] newest gallery showing titled ‘Journey: An Artistic Dialogue’. Themes range from controversial sociopolitical topics to the personification of abstract components in nature.
In conjunction with this show we will be hosting a private artist discussion panel at another time featuring our resident artists, a number of local artists and directors, as well as a number of prominent keynote panelists such as Vincent Desiderio, Mel Leipzig, Barkley Hendricks, Susanna Coffey, Fred Osborne, and Salvatore Scalora who may also be joining us for our Grand Opening.
The opening will be held on Saturday August 23rd starting at 6pm and going until 8:30pm. The location of the event will be at our new location as follows: ICAS & LQM Gallery 74 State Street New London, CT 06320
This event is free and open to the public with complementary refreshments as well as live music. The show will run from the 23rd until the end of August. If at all possible, we would greatly appreciate it if you could help us spread the word of this show and grand opening to make this event a great and successful gathering of artists and art enthusiasts both locally and abroad.
TBD/To Be Determined is the Visual Arts Department’s Senior Exhibition 2014. TBD is being exhibited at the Akus Gallery in Shafer Hall from May 2–16, 2014.
Artist in the exhibition: Kara Berglund, David Bieniarz, Jennifer Biron, Wendy Bouton, Mary Boyd, Christina Broccoli, Cory Carabetta, Laura Cardeno, Emily Chubet, Daniel Clesowich, Bridget Cook, Margaret Gradie, Braden Herrick, Lauren Hopper, Rebecca Ingoglia, Rikki Jarvis, Lesia Kerr, Samuel Kesler, Solinda Keth, Colleen King, Michael King, Jessie Kohn, Kaleigh Kurpiewski, Brad Labonte, Lindsay Lachance, Diane Leonard, Hannah Lewis, Cassandra Marion, Samantha McGeowan, Jessica Michalowski, Samantha Mims, Melissa Nosal, Trinda Pacheco, Rebecca Plungis, Olivia Provey, Alyssa Reilly, Nicole Romeo, Richard Schaff, Roshelle Shannon, Miranda Slobe, Kelly Stalsburg, Jacueline Tromp, Lucero Vargas, Julie Vega.
There is an Awards Ceremony and Reception on Friday, May 2nd from 3–4 pm in the Akus Gallery. The Gallery is open from 3–6 pm on Friday, May 2nd for viewing. The Ceremony and Reception is free and open to the public.
Akus Gallery hours and information can be found at this link.
The Clare Gallery’s exhibition, Metanoia, is free and open to the public and extends from March 20 – May 4, 2014. A reception and artist lecture will be held on April 24th from 5:30–7:30 p.m. At the reception, artist Richard Harden will discuss his undying search for universal meaning and imagery in the struggles and resurrection of the human condition.
The title of the exhibition, Metanoia, refers to a transformative change of heart. The term’s origin is Greek, from “metanoiein,” meaning to change one’s mind, or repent. Transformation has always been primary to the conceptual nature of Harden’s work, and his paintings allow us to reflect on our lives and the lives of others.
In this series, Harden explores flowers and hair in varied states of binding and unbinding. There are reflected surfaces along with abstracted space; fragile beauty irradiated by dramatic explosions. The colors are intensely saturated, as well as deeply dark, yielding the juxtaposition of opposing emotion.
Please enjoy the great article in the Hartford Courant here.
The Clare Gallery is housed in the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry at 285 Church Street. The Center is part of St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church, a vibrant and active downtown faith community. Free parking is available directly across from the church, and the facility is handicapped accessible. More information may be found the Clare Gallery website.
Professor Nancy Wynn curated this exhibition for the Clare Gallery in Hartford, Connecticut. She is also Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Design.