“It was one of those March days, when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold. When it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.”
Charles Dickens certainly has a poetic way to describe the look and feel of transition.
Before Lovetts Gallery transitions into March news, we pause to say thank you once more for your enthusiasm and support for the Altitude Project exhibition in February. It was certainly a delight to have such talented artists in house for the show. The Collectors Circle always makes it a fun and enjoyable evening.
One thing that was striking about the altitude project exhibit, is how on different levels, in diverse ways, all six of the artists skillfully projected reflections about life. Here, I would like to reflect on them.
Steven Walker catches our attention with his play on lighting and the common elements in our everyday lives. As you look at the lamp, the hotel room, the light over the sink of dishes or stove, being in an underground parking lot with the contrasts and the motion, your memory is provoked, whether it be recently or many years ago. He paints with reverence for the beauty of the familiar. Being at a higher altitude sometimes comes from being lower, at ground level or even underground. Every day. All we have at this very moment, after all……. is today. Walker shows us that. Memories are for yesterday and Steven gives us that too. Steven doesn’t take life and his talents for granted and neither should we. His paintings create reflection, outwardly and inwardly. Let his light shine on you!
Roseta Santiago took the challenge to expose her imagination for the Altitude show. As anyone who has dared to reveal deeper things about themselves knows…this is a place of great vulnerability. Lovetts feels honored that Roseta felt safe to share and debut other parts of herself as an artist for this exhibit. The collaboration with photographer Stephen Lang was also an extension of her flexing. Combining emotions, deep thoughts and an imaginative twist to unify her ideas, she seeks to provoke a state of questioning for the viewer, to explore their emotional response to a piece of art. To think and to feel is to be human. Part of her challenge, was to challenge us. Being the honest woman I am, I have to admit seeing myself in her painting, “Attitude”! Self-contradiction, a paradox…. a breathing puzzle! A strong image of the feminine mystique. Rosita’s’ painting, “Love-A Game of Chance” may speak of uncertainty, risk-taking and the external, arbitrary forces that affect human affairs. I predict good fortune for you when you see Santiago’s new work.
Lindsey Kustusch, known for her depictions of urban life, chose to expand her subject matter to life-form organisms. To study, is a beautiful thing. She captures the Cephalopoda, Insecta, the Papilio Ulysses or the Yellow Day Flying Moth with background motifs in a rich renaissance painting style, allowing you to appreciate the simplicity and complexity of nature. Lindsey is certainly gaining altitude by stretching her artistic wings and soaring in new territories. Her theme for the exhibit was on focusing. Being focused isn’t a narrow journey as one might think. To be focused can be an expansive exercise, yet one applied with almost surgical skill. Focusing requires you to slow down, absorb, give attention to detail as you dissect that which you are studying or questioning. This is a process of learning and growth. Lindsey, through her artwork, challenges us to slow down and dissect our own lives each and every moment and appreciate. Lindsey knows that attitude determines altitude.
Josh George, painstakingly creative, uses his paints on collage technique as he continues in an energetic direction. He is as complex as his work. His pieces are a weave of architectural design, human design and behavioral traits. Albeit with a sly and witty sense of humor added in. He is as colorful as his palette which is varied in pastels to bold. With great forethought and precision, he inlays his collage pieces, which are narratives in and of themselves. The whole of a single work of George’s is a story. He stops you. No mere glance will do. “Follow as long as you can” …. people walking down the street, right? But what is happening? A blind man is holding on to the shoulder of the gentleman in front of him for guidance. Friend or helpful citizen? Either-or, there is more than one way to hitch a ride. Maybe that’s not what is occurring at all. Do you see the persons’ shadow following behind the woman in her blue dress? A man enjoying the view of a pretty woman ahead of him or following the bouquet of her perfume which is sweeter than the city scents around them? Or how about “Dinner Date”? She stands at the window with a bowl of Fruit Loops as a bat greets her at the glass. A fruit bat? Most think of cereal as a breakfast item, but at my house it has been dinner many times over. Life and the living of it is a collage. “Before The Heist”, I wonder…. are they planning a robbery, a hold-up? But wait. Look at her face. It radiates with such delight as she holds her man as he is shaving. Is love being stolen here? I don’t know. What do you see? These are just a few examples of the places Josh will take you!
Natalie Featherston is a tricky artist. You better keep a sharp eye on her. She can lead anyone with a sweet tooth into desperate temptation. Her “Box of Chocolates”, six luring pieces nestled in a box, each one different, will make you think you can pick one out to eat. Au contraire, Natalie is trifling with our emotions…. with Truffles! Her oil painting, “Temptress”, is an example of trickery not only of the eyes, but the heart as well. The seduction and alluring qualities of a transparent negligee but possibly an opaque motive. Is it a booby trap? A rat trap? A dirty rat trap? Who can resist such charms as Natalie executes her Trompe l’oeil? Her piece, “Let Him Eat Cake”, shows how a girl has to have her priorities straight! Tee-hee! Featherston paints the deliciousness about life and the joys these indulgences bring to our everyday lives and their importance on special occasions too. Her altitude shows on the intricacies she produces, as with the “wrapped parcels” in string, or seeing the backside of a painting versus the front. Seeing life at different angles is what Natalie brings to her palette…. her “Double Palette”. With her hyper-realism, she will have you wrapped up and ready for your next destination.
WELCOME TO THE IMAGINATION
Galleries are always in transition with artworks leaving and new works and artists coming in. All the artists continue to hone their skills and challenge themselves. Being an artist requires a “whole” experience to create: Physically, emotionally, mentally, intellectually and imaginatively. They do these things along with the same struggles in life, the rest of us experience. Transition is inevitable for all of us. As we transition to a new month, and soon a new season, Lovetts will be in continual transition with art and new exhibits.
Speaking of upcoming exhibits, Lovetts Gallery is in the planning throes for:
This unique show, scheduled for June, is a miniature exhibition. Only the scale of the art will be smaller, as the group of artist presenting will be large. They are exercising their artistic talents with a burning desire and sharing in the concept of celebration for artistic freedom for Fahrenheit. We will welcome you to bring your burning desire to see and share in this event as there is cause for celebration for us all as we enjoy the freedom of expression through art and the freedom to enjoy it!
As always, with deep gratitude,