Silvermine hosts new exhibits
Published 5:22 pm, Monday, February 14, 2011
The exhibits opening at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center Feb. 27 are perceptions of daily life as interpreted by the exhibiting artists through site installations, paintings, prints and large glass sculptural works. All are welcomed to the opening reception on Sunday, Feb. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibits will run through April 1.
Director's Choice, artist Lori Glavin, uses found objects to create images that evoke topographical maps in "Line by Line." Embracing the relationship between domesticity and art marking, Glavin uses objects of personal significance such as old maps, cancelled checks and fabric scraps. Grids, lines and orderly stripes are a background on which she layers strips of found papers, silk and coats of paint.
"I see maps as a metaphor for daily life. They provide only a rough guide to a journey. Constantly out-of-date, maps remind us that the borders in life are a little blurry. In "Line by Line" I explore the ideas of memory and fact, organization and disorder, and chance and intention."
Painter, printmaker and collage artist, Glavin, a Darien resident, has been involved in the visual arts for 25 years. After earning her BFA from Syracuse University's School of Visual and Performing Arts, she worked in New York as a graphic designer and art director. She was the owner of a design firm and held creative positions at Conde Nast and the New York Times. Glavin is an artist member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists and a co-founder of Wilson Avenue Loft Artists in Norwalk, CT. She exhibits regularly in galleries throughout the Northeast.
Martin Kremer's exhibit "Caithness Lines," showcases large glass sculptural works of various sizes and his first large scale room installation. His new works were inspired by sources such as Japanese architecture, sculptor Richard Serra, and glass maestro Lino Tagliapietra. "I am influenced primarily by texture and pattern from many sources including Native American fabrics, Italian masonry, classic American quilts, and wood marquetry. Glass has been a medium of expression for me for more than 30 years. I began as a stained glass enthusiast, but glass art gradually took over, evolving from a hobby to a full-time obsession."
A resident of Pound Ridge, N.Y., Martin Kremer has exhibited nationally, including the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY; Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Arts, NJ; Daniel Kany Gallery in Portland, ME; Wustum Museum of Fine Arts in Racine, WI; The Gallery on the Hudson, N.Y.; Flinn Gallery in Greenwich and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. His experience has included glass blowing with several Hudson Valley studios in New York and workshops in blown and fused glass at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, Urbanglass in New York, and the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass in New York.
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Washington, CT resident, Nancy Lasar's exhibit "Inter -- Action," consists of work in multiple media into which a digital component has been blended with her work on canvas, print and in mixed media. Over-printing, over-painting, over-drawing and layering in general, are tools for creating space, movement and detail. The digital element provided by her new collages inspires a rich ground upon which to build a complex image from multiple sources.
"Whether in drawing, painting, printmaking or photography, my process involves layering and energizing space so that objects appear fluid, interrelated and full of movement. All of the processes which I employ stem from a knowledge of drawing from nature," said Lasser. "To convey the passage of time, I utilize a variety of lines, marks and media to suggest both stasis and openness to possibility and transformation. Often, as I describe the multiple realities which intermingle in my memory, imagination and daily life, images emerge and diverge and relationships reconfigure."
Lasar is a member of A.I.R gallery in Dumbo as well as the Silvermine Guild in New Canaan. In 2010 her monotype "Frost and Fuchsia" was featured in the International Print Center New York's "New Prints 2010/spring, and in 2008 her work was included in "The 183rd Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art," at the National Academy Museum, N.Y. Lasar has exhibited extensively throughout New York and New England in such places as the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT where she has had two one-person exhibitions, the Bruce Museum, in Greenwich, CT, the DeCordova Museum, the New Arts Gallery, and at Amy Simon Gallery in Westport. Her work is included in many private collections such as Pfizer Corp., Aetna Life and Casualty, General Mills Corp., and the Rutger's Print Archive. She has received two individual Artists Fellowships from the CT Commission on the Arts and has studied at the Vermont Studio Center.
"Urban Landscape," a site specific installation by Aleksandr Razin, is a conceptual collage that epitomizes daily living anywhere on the planet. Using each letter from the word landscape, he created a wall that represents the urban horizon. The space is divided into zones that signify the components of daily city life. In each zone, are art objects that relate to the landscape world that he envisioned for each letter. Using various media including sculpture, paintings, digital prints, drawing and found objects, the development process began with first placing the letters from the word landscape around the wall, designating the zones and thereby indicating a curved horizon.
"The objects for each zone were based on preconceived ideas that evolved spontaneously during the creative process," Razin said. "I invite viewers to experience this space and to join me as citizens of the world."
Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Razin grew up in an art village and spent countless hours as a child in the studio of his grandfather, a noted illustrator. In 1976, he began attending the Art Academy of Tashkent, and received an MFA degree from the Tashkent College of Fine Arts in 1982. In 1996, Razin and his family emigrated from Uzbekistan to the United States and settled in Lynbrook, New York. He began teaching at the Bridgeview Art School in New York City, and since 2004, he has been a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists and a faculty member of the School of Art.
Razin's paintings, mixed media constructions, and installations have been exhibited in over 40 galleries and museums throughout the world, including the famous Cork Street Gallery in London. His works have been reviewed in numerous publications, and they are in private collections in Great Britain, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Turkey, Russia and the United States.
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Silvermine Guild Arts Center located in New Canaan, Connecticut is one of the oldest artist communities in the United States. Located on a four acre campus, the center is comprised of a nationally renowned artist guild, award winning school of art, offering multi-disciplinary art classes for ages 2 to 92, a gift shop and galleries offering over twenty contemporary and historic exhibitions annually. The center also provides innovative arts education in Norwalk and Stamford schools through its outreach program, Art Partners, and hosts a lecture series and special programs throughout the year. Silvermine Guild Arts Center is a nonprofit organization.
Grounded in the belief that art is vital to the spirit, creativity and wholeness of human beings, the mission of Silvermine Guild Arts Center is to cultivate, promote and encourage growth through the arts; to showcase and serve artists; and to foster arts education and appreciation opportunities for the greater community.