The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present FORCES & artifacts, a two-person exhibit by Carol Bajen-Gahm and Pamela Blum. The exhibit title reflects common themes in Bajen-Gahm’s mixed-media paintings and Blum’s wall sculptures. This exhibit ends R&F’s gallery exhibits. The exhibitions space will be devoted to manufacturing new products.
Bajen-Gahm’s place and landscape narratives cause the observer to shift mental viewing distances within each image. Bajen-Gahm uses inks, digital transfers, seaweed, grass, tobacco netting, and encaustic to print and build her work. The resulting imagery—indeterminate places and spaces—transcends her materials. The artist’s dominant use of black and white conveys polarized times and conditions. These artifacts shift scale from biological processes to human habitation, huge earth forces and aerial views.
THE GALLERY AT R&F PRESENTS:
BEYOND THE DAY JOB: ARTISTS WHO WORK AT R&F
Heather K. Roberts
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present Marina Thompson’s solo exhibit New Prints, Ancient Wax. Her inspired, richly layered prints are dynamic, non-figurative, and highly coloristic. Thompson explores complex layers of shape, texture and light, often triggered by simple things—shadows on the floor or a small pattern in the garden—but utterly transformed by her vision. This exhibit merges new technologies and materials in printmaking with oil paint, gouache, flashe, and the ancient art of encaustic.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present a solo exhibit by Lori Van Houten entitled Reverse Migration & Other Stories. The exhibit title is inspired by the practice, in some species of small birds, of migrating in the wrong direction. Caused by a genetic anomaly, they navigate, for example, north rather than south in the autumn. Surprisingly, some of these birds survive and continue to repeat this pattern each year.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present Natalie Abrams solo exhibition, Bound Forces. The exhibit features encaustic works on paper. Ms. Abrams’ abstract imagery straddles a border between machined precision and natural form. She pits bold landscape-like shapes against sculptural wax configurations of extreme delicacy. Her perfect control of surface belies the human hand. Ms. Abrams melds contradictions of materials, macro and micro scales, the natural and the human made, all to carry her ever-present concern for the effects of human activity on nature.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present Lynette Haggard’s solo exhibition, Frames of Reference. This exhibit of encaustic works follows Ms. Haggard’s visual development of the last six years. Works on exhibit include her wall sculptures—rugged, off- rectangular solids—that evolve into rusticated, gridded paintings in high relief. These paintings on panels become increasingly wedded to light and indeterminate space within their grids. More recently, Ms. Haggard has firmed her geometry, flattened her color, made reference to folded form, and added subtle works on paper. This exhibition will be on view August 1st through October 17, 2015.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present Susan Spencer Crowe’s solo exhibition, Encaustic/Form II. With some earlier work and new work, this sculpture exhibit expands on her March 2015 award-winning solo show, Encaustic/Form I, at the Woodstock Art Association Museum, Woodstock, NY. Encaustic/Form II follows Ms. Crowe’s sculptural explorations from 2012-2015. Beginning with pristine geometry and simple, glowing color, her work develops increasingly complex geometric form, and a riot of color and pattern. Ms. Crowe merges a crystalline, sophisticated urban sensibility with rich light, textures and form inspired by the Mid-Hudson Valley. This exhibition will be on view from May 2-July 20, 2015.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present Lisa Pressman’s solo exhibition, Inside/Outside. Her bold, mature, expressionistic work makes abstract references to landscape, personal possessions and the inner workings of the mind. Pressman’s recent encaustic, pigment stick and mixed-media paintings will be open for viewing from February 2nd-April 18th, 2015.
The Huffington Post includes Ms. Pressman’s work in “Ten Memorable Paintings from 2014.” In his 12/22/14 post, Prof. John Seed states, “Lisa Pressman has developed a convincing personal language that is fused with a wonderful feeling for materials. This is mature, hard-won work.”
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent works by Stephanie Bell. This exhibition will be on view from December 6th through January 17th. Please join us on Saturday, December 6th, from 5-7 pm for the opening reception of "f(l)ight" at the R&F Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.
This solo exhibition features the work of Stephanie Bell a Hudson Valley artist with strong connections to R&F Handmade Paints and the Women's Studio Workshop. Her work incorporates mediums that both organizations are known for: handmade paper, ceramics, encaustic, and pigment stick. Stephanie’s art investigates how obsession, needs, and desires affect the human condition. She writes:
R&F is pleased to announce No Constraints: The R&F Staff Show, an annual exhibition of artwork by the creatively driven all-artist staff at R&F Handmade Paints. This ongoing exhibition highlights the diverse array of artwork, ideas and aesthetics of R&F's staff, featuring work by: Heather K. Aderson, Stephanie Bell, Allison Carroll, Richard Frumess, Melissa Hall, Jim Haskin, Matt Kelly, Josephine Kenney, Sandy Marsh, Kelly McGrath, Wayne Montecalvo, Laura Moriarty, Vincent Pidone, Darin Seim, Sean Sullivan & Cynthia Winika. We invite you to join us for an opening reception on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 from 5-7 pm.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present Gestural Record, a solo exhibition of paintings by Visiting Artist, Kim Bernard. This exhibition will be on view from February 1st – March 22nd, 2014. Please join us on Saturday, March 22nd, from 5-7 pm for a closing reception and gallery talk by the artist. This event is free and open to the public.
Inspired by the Sumi brush paintings of Zen masters, this recent body of 2 dimensional encaustic works are an attempt to capture movement: fluid, gestural, spontaneous, whole body movement, as in a dance. The results are sumptuous abstract encaustic paintings that utilize a minimal color palette and repetitive imagery, thick layers of translucent and opaque wax, paper prepared with batik markings and hand rubbed oil stick combined to create multi dimensional panels. Adopting this approach to mark making, I place the panel flat on the floor, and allow the spiraling, gestural marks to become a record of my own whole body movement, in much the same way that the Zen master allows the ink to flow off the tip of his Sumi, committing to paper the extension of his Chi, as a culmination of summoned energy. The method that I’ve developed allows me to make marks and “erase” the ones that don’t yield the desired results.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings by Visiting Artist, Lisa Kairos. This exhibition will be the artists’ first show in the Hudson Valley, and will be on view from December 7th, 2013 – January 18, 2014. Please join us on Saturday, December 7th, from 5-7 pm for an opening reception and gallery talk by the artist. This event is free and open to the public.
Cartography for Daydreamers alludes to the associative-mapping aspect of the art of Lisa Kairos, who explores dynamics between materialism and transparency, weight and buoyancy, construction and organic growth. Kairos creates floating narratives of decentralized imagery suspended in layers of transparent beeswax. Instead of being about a specific moment in time, these paintings are sensory landscapes, pools of accumulated memory and perception.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings by Visiting Artist, Howard Hersh. This exhibition, entitled In My Shoes, will be on view from October 5th – November 16th, 2013. Please join us on Saturday, October 5th, from 5-7 pm for an opening reception and gallery talk by the artist. This event is free and open to the public. In this exhibition, Howard Hersh expresses a lifelong passion for nature and beauty, which is clearly reflected in his art. Throughout these various series of paintings, Hersh has remained dedicated to the core impulse to assemble and depict relationships between art, nature, architecture, and spirituality; “A world we create, and a world by which we are created.”
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings by Visiting Artist, Gregory Wright entitled, Forces. This exhibition will be on view from August 3rd through September 21st, 2013. In Gregory Wright’s paintings, organic shapes represent bodies of information that move about, morph, combine, and reemerge into something other than their original state. The dialogue among the shapes produces various results, which in turn are set on their own course, splashing out in all directions. As Hieronymus Bosch used allegorical scenes and elaborate fantasy imagery in his paintings as a commentary on the social and religious climate of the 15th and 16th centuries, Wright reacts to today’s social networking with Baroque-like compositions of intricacy, interconnectivity and complication.
The R&F Gallery is pleased to present a four-person exhibition entitled, Cumulative Force. This exhibition features work by Erin Anfinson, Karen Freedman, Paul Rinaldi and Russell Thurston. Cumulative Force describes the force that acts upon a specific object. In this case, the objects are paintings. The four artists featured in this show approach the concept of accumulation in their own way.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present a solo exhibition by painter Alan Goldstein entitled, The Trees are Dying. Inspired by nature and its underlying processes, Alan Goldstein seeks connectedness to the world through observation and contemplation of the cycle of growth and deterioration. For almost forty years, the artist has been walking to his studio in the village of Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania past several acres of old trees. In 2008 he began a series of paintings inspired by the dying trees, fueled equally by concern for and appreciation of their silent demise.
The R&F Gallery is pleased to present Julie Hedrick: ROME. The paintings of Kingston artist, Julie Hedrick, are deceptive. Hedrick paints atmospheric auras that, at first glance, appear to be very simple, minimal fields of color. But variations in tone and her use of impastos give the work a complex, veiled, glowing appearance, where colors and light appear to be shifting, vibrating and transforming within the picture space.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present Geological Radiance, a solo exhibition by visiting artist, Alexandre Masino. Masino’s paintings border between mimesis and invention; responding to observed reality, memory and imaginative perception. The transition between what is real, remembered or imagined creates a fertile territory for the artist, fully understanding that art derives from art. The journey undertaken by the artist is not only a journey through the world but beyond time. The continent that we travel is the continent of art where human history and experience are fundamental.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present the Encaustic Works 2012 Invitational. This exhibition celebrates the release of Encaustic Works 2012: A Biennial Exhibition in Print selected by Joanne Mattera and published by R&F Handmade Paints.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present visiting artist Nancy Natale’s solo exhibition, Of Cabbages and Queens. Nancy Natale takes a unique approach to bricolage, and is best known for her rhythmic Running Stitch series; a group of works composed of strips of painted paper and cardboard with embedded objects, cultural snippets and industrial fragments pieced together horizontally on wooden panels and overlaid by grids of functional tacks.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present From the Garden – Flowers as Pigment, a solo exhibition by artist, Linda Stillman. Working in various media, Linda Stillman’s work focuses on the passage of time in nature; how plants grow and die, and how we try to preserve the memory of their fleeting moments of beauty.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present Hot Off the Press: New Encaustic Printmaking, a group exhibition curated by visiting artist, David A. Clark, who lives and works in Palm Springs, California.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present Snippets: Visual Text, a group exhibition of works by five visual artists and two poets working collaboratively on a visual project.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present Out of the Blue, a solo exhibition by Kingston's own Anne Surprenant. In her most recent work, "Out of the Blue", artist Anne Surprenant explores the ways in which we experience distance. That is, the kind of experience that is almost imperceptible [discreet] and then very suddenly and overtly upon someone, somewhere. Surprenant uses Drone aircraft to embody this 'hanging in the balance'; push a button in Vegas and the impact is felt halfway around the world.