“Studio 301: Four Artists from the Lydia Pinkham Building”
January 3 - January 30
“Studio 301: Four Artists from the Lydia Pinkham Building” will be on view in the Virginia A. Carten Gallery at Abbot Public Library in Marblehead from Friday, January 3rd through Thursday, January 30th. All are invited to the Public Reception on Sunday, January 5th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Rolf Flor: “Stirred by the American watercolorists Homer and Sargent, Prendergast and Marin, I have practiced plein air watercolor painting for the past 15 years. I have primarily pursued landscape subjects along the North Shore with varying degrees of abstraction and realism. During the past five years, having joined the artists of Studio 301 at the Lydia Pinkham building, I have added studio work to my practice.
This year I have been working in the studio on landscapes in which I draw on my recent travels to Ireland. I try to reflect my love of Ireland’s rugged northwest counties–from County Clare to County Donegal–in watercolors of varying scale.”
Christine Johnson: “In this crazy world where we are surrounded by all kinds of chaos, I use the influence of living near the ocean to try and create an environment that is calm and peaceful. To me, there is something magical and even spiritual that happens in the space where the sky meets the water. Is it liquid, or solid, or something else?
The intention of my painting is to portray a sense of depth by layering washes of color that can take you to a place that, although abstract, looks and feels like water or sky that you can swim or float through as you fall into peaceful contemplation, meditation or reflection.
I don’t always start with a vision in mind of the finished painting. I often start with a color and let it flow where it takes me. I enjoy producing larger size paintings that can fill my field of vision, and that involve my whole body to create, but usually produce small studies on paper first. Over the last couple of years, I have come to realize that I enjoy the small works just as much and that they can stand on their own with the same calming effect.”
Patricia Scialo: “My photographic works are created primarily from an intuitive starting point, transforming the subject through light.
With the use of a lens, I start the process of image-making, creating abstract forms that emphasize line and shadow. Through the printmaking process I continue to manipulate the image with various techniques such as hand-applied light-sensitive emulsions, encaustic, and graphite.
Within the imagery I compose, I strive to create depth, giving the viewer the opportunity to look within, pause, and contemplate the subtleties of what lies beneath.”
Mary Spitzer: “I work mostly in wood–found logs and lumber, and some newly purchased. Carving in wood constrains me in many ways. The grain can catch my gouge and pull my cut in a certain direction. The light and dark of the grain is often very sensual and interesting but it can distract from the visual power of the volume I am trying to carve.
In representational art, when I work with a volume which was once a tree a superficial sense of recognition and attractiveness can get in the way of the idea I am trying to carve. When I am working abstractly and start out thinking, “I am just fooling around with forms,” an idea often arrives anyway and then I can pursue that.
Constructing from planks and found wood means joining wood in a convincing way so that the result is more than the sum of its parts. Proceeding this way requires planning and seems more intellectual. Carving always seems more risky and intuitive because the interior is hidden from me.
The dynamic interplay of these possibilities and requirements is central to the meaning of my work.”