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New Canaan artist in Guild show

Published 10:31 am, Sunday, November 18, 2012

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  • This piece by New Canaan artist Leigh Liebel, whose work is part of a new exhibit at the Silvermine Arts Center, shows the figure of the artist as a metaphorical Odysseus intersecting the peaceful horizon of a rooftop infinity pool and the city skyline in the distance. Photo: Contributed
    This piece by New Canaan artist Leigh Liebel, whose work is part of a new exhibit at the Silvermine Arts Center, shows the figure of the artist as a metaphorical Odysseus intersecting the peaceful horizon of a rooftop infinity pool and the city skyline in the distance. Photo: Contributed

 

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"Important Incidentals," a Silvermine Guild group photography Show, will continue through Dec. 20 at the Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, and feature works by graphic artist/photographer Miggs Burroughs, fine art photographers Leigh Leibel and Torrance York, commercial and fine art photographer Jeremy Saladyga and photographers Alan Shulik and Majorie Gilette Wolfe.

"Photography does not initially come to mind when one thinks of Silvermine Guild of Artists," said Jeremy Saladyga, whose studio is based in New Fairfield.

"But the exhibitors applied for a show two years ago after we realized there had not been a guild member photography show since any of us we were juried into the guild."

The title, "Important Incidentals," can refer to fleeting but significant moments, observations made in passing, or interruptions to an expected norm.

"The phrase can also relate to a detail whose presence changes the meaning of a whole or to a pointed juxtaposition," said York.

For Burroughs, from Westport, his "Newd" series of lenticular images allow the viewer to share the experience of the person depicted, who becomes nude while viewing paintings of nudes in a museum setting.

"My images capture an assortment of women in a gallery, admiring various nude masterpieces by Matisse, Miro and others," said Burroughs. "Through the `magic' of lenticular imagery, we can see the women's clothes vanish as they yearn to become one with the women in the paintings.

The show is called `Important Incidentals,' and here, this very common gallery experience, for us, and for the women in the photos, takes on unexpected significance, as we witness the profound impact these masterpieces are having on those who view them."

Burroughs, a full-time graphic artist since 1972, has designed hundreds of logos, ads, brochures and websites for commercial and nonprofit clients throughout Fairfield County.

His early Pop Art style paintings and prints were shown in galleries in Boston and New York, as well as part of an installation at 77 Water Street in New York City. He is a member of the Silvermine Guild in New Canaan.

In her large-scale photograph, Self Portrait #9, Leibel, a New Canaan artist, shows the figure of the artist as a metaphorical Odysseus intersecting the peaceful horizon of a rooftop infinity pool and the city skyline in the distance.

"In "Self-Portrait #9," said Liebel, "I am a metaphorical Odysseus; an important incidental dissecting an horizon of illusion. Informed by the early 20th-century poem `Ithaka' by Constantine Cavafy, my photograph references the familiar story of The Odyssey as metaphor for the journey of life and the discovery of many new harbors."

Leibel specializes in portraiture and documentary photography. Originally from New Canaan, she now works in New York City. She is a former executive producer at CNN.

She has exhibited at Katonah Museum and Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and was an Aldrich "Radius" emerging artist.

York's images from the series "Refractions" reveal the child subject as seen through a reflection or otherwise mediated element such as a glass of water on the dining table; an optically challenging perspective that asks us to create our own understanding of what we are shown.

"On the surface photography realistically captures what we see, but what is the effect of an obstacle between the camera and subject?" she asked. "In this case, photography can capture what we cannot see with our own eyes in a single glance."

York's landscape projects include Road Works shot in Connecticut and the Hudson Valley, and Functional Ground. In 2010, York was awarded a Connecticut Artist Fellowship grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism.

She has exhibited in solos shows at Silvermine Guild Galleries in New Canaan, the New Canaan Library and Thos. Moser in New York City. She is an artist member of Silvermine Guild Arts Center.

For Wolfe, a simple visual incident becomes her subject and is abstracted as a series of variations are presented side by side.

Shulik offers a landscape showing mesquite trees on the edge of a field of sand dunes, made exceptional by a ray of white light peeking through the storm clouds overhead and illuminating the scene.

Saladyga, using an unexpected perspective from ground level, captures a moment in the chaos of everyday life -- a pedestrian filled street intersection in New York City or a rural carnival scene -- and within that environment we draw relationships among the participants in the scene imposing our own meaning on the story.