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Two artists delight in playfully odd and seriously poetic

Published 9:48 am, Sunday, August 4, 2013

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  • Artists Elizabeth Nagle and Mary Elizabeth Peterson will exhibit new work in a show called "Two Heads are Better Than One" at the UConn Stamford Art Gallery. Photo: Contributed
    Artists Elizabeth Nagle and Mary Elizabeth Peterson will exhibit new work in a show called "Two Heads are Better Than One" at the UConn Stamford Art Gallery. Photo: Contributed

 

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Artists Elizabeth Nagle, of New Canaan, and Mary Elizabeth Peterson, of Westport, will exhibit new work in a show called "Two Heads are Better Than One" at the UConn Stamford Art Gallery from Aug. 19 to Oct. 1.

An artists' reception is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. A gallery talk with the artists takes place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19.

The exhibition will feature painting and collage by the two artists, who, working alone and in tandem over the past two years, have created an assortment of works. The exhibit ranges from intricately finished large canvases to the irreverent "sketch" paintings and mixed-media collages where their ideas are born. It features all manner of hybrid materials, such as woven plastic grass seed bags, millinery ribbons and rusty bottle caps. It includes artworks that typically start with one object or idea and evolve in all directions and sometimes back upon themselves.

The sketch pieces are hung in the gallery where the viewer can watch as ideas start to take shape. The starter pieces gain one level more of elaboration in the nearly wall-sized works on canvas where the artists go back and forth adding weird tidbits until the upset is complete.

In all the various types of work exhibited, the often mundane familiarity of the object is "tweaked" by the artists' interventions, resulting in a world where time is stopped and a story is unfolding.

UConn Stamford Art Gallery, One University Place, Stamford, is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For information, visit www.stamford.uconn.edu/ArtGallery/ or call 203-251-8400.