Galatea Fine Art – February 2017
February 1-26, 2016
Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8pm
Closing Reception: February 26, 3-5pm
“Jessie Jeanne and Dancers” and “teXtmoVes” (Karen Klein and collaborators) will be performing during the closing reception.
Ruth T. Segaloff
Precious Legacies: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
When time silences the final witness, who will speak for them?
“Precious Legacies” is a retrospective across time and generations. These artworks focus on three questions: “Who Am I?” “Where Did I Come From?” and “Why Am I Here?” George Santayana explained why this is important. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Never has this danger been so close at hand.
Thanks to my parents, I realized at a young age that objects hold our stories and our stories matter. I’ve been collecting things ever since, and I incorporate many into my art: family memorabilia and knickknacks from desk drawers and estates; baby shoes from antiques shops or gifts; wisdom written on coffee mugs and refrigerator magnets. The Modern Artist as anthropologist. Baby shoes over 70 years old are displayed in Holocaust museums across the world. They provide silent testimony that these shoes belonged to real children who most likely didn’t survive.
“Fahrenheit 451 Revisited” incorporates many themes of the show. It is based on Ray Bradbury’s 60 year old science fiction novel of that name, the temperature at which paper burns. A demagogue declares books illegal and and that owning them invites harsh punishment. In this climate of suspicion, family and neighbors betray each other. Firemen become burn squads in stead of fire fighters, wielding blow torches, not water hoses. Dissidents safely hide and each memorizes a favorite book, then shares it with the others. Thus they keep alive the history of civilization, culture and values, all the qualities that make us decent human beings.
The Trojan Horse pull toy updates this story. It’s a cautionary tale, especially for us today, because what appeared to be a gift was actually a weapon of mass destruction.
Dana Weinstein on behalf of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, writes that “We must all play a role in confronting hate, preventing genocide, promoting human dignity, and standing up for unchecked hate….In today’s tumultuous world, they’re needed more than ever….Complacency is too dangerous….” AMEN.
Karen Klein, Ronni Komarow, Barbara Lindstrom, and Carol Wontkowski
Four gallery artists combine energies to reflect a submersion in the natural world. Karen Klein finds objects such as branches, rocks, skulls, etc., and creates sculptures that suggest the parallel existence of all life. Ronni Komarow utilizes printmaking and mixed media to inject a personal response into natural objects. Barbara Lindstrom crosses the bridge between technology and nature in her photographs. Carol Wontkowski suggests ethereal worlds that arise from everyday observation in her use of the camera.
The Throws of Winter
I woke up alone in a canvas tent caring for thirty sled-dogs: feeding, scooping, leading tours and collecting firewood. That winter I never felt more connected to the season, to the land, or to myself. The changing snows and the hardness of the trail were markers of the wild ride to come. The pack taught me to live life with adventurous intent. They were the hardest working creatures I have ever seen; majestic huskies, pulling with every ounce of muscle- loving it. The joy of the run was euphoric. As I stood on the sled runners I could fell a shift within my spirit and my vision of the world.
The Throws of Winter, is an exploration of memory and the luminescent imprints of experience through wheel-thrown translucent porcelain. Porcelain forms are symbolic of winter’s simultaneous hardening and softening; it’s snow blanketed hills. Images of dog teams and regal huskies are printed and transferred onto the surface adding silhouetted layers of black and white. The ceramic vessels become a collection of stories that tell a narrative of my shifting consciousness as I survived sub-zero temperatures with thirty working sled dogs.
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