Driving home from Montreal yesterday afternoon just after a rain. The clouds were so pretty, the cornfields so autumnal, and the light so perfect, I had to stop and snap a few pics. South of Montreal, north of Vermont, on Rt.133.
One of my favorite artists, W. David Powell, is now showing at Pine Street Art Works. David and I share a love of vernacular images, scientific and advertising ephemera, and new ways to look at and incorporate cultural detritus in new art.
W. David Powell, Hail To The Hybrid, used by permission of the artist.
W. David Powell. Machine For Manufacturing Beauty. Used by permission of the artist
Most of the pieces in the show "were constructed in Photoshop
from diverse source materials that range from Anton Mesmer's
noteboooks, Maxwell's electrical diagrams to phrenological,
physiological and geological texts. Numerous other books as well as
images from contemporary medical imagers technology provide further
material for creating combinations that invite new interpretation and
analysis. The use of digital montage has become my primary medium for
art making, though I sometimes use old cut-and-paste methodology along
with traditional drawing and painting tools. The beauty of the digital
medium for me is that it can become just another tool in my art kit. It
does not necessarily replace traditional media, it just augments them." W. David Powell.
W. David Powell, Broadcasting Democracy. Used by permission of the artist.
Some of these artists I've already posted about, some not. I'm so excited about the lineup of shows at PSAW. Even though times are tough, and businesses are tumbling like dominoes in an earthquake, we here at Pine Street Art Works (and Atelier Tove) are determined to keep going and thriving.
APRIL - TIM MATSON/ PILOBOLUS
Tim Matson photo of Pilobolus. Dance called Untitled.copyright 1978. Used by permission of the artist. The dance troupe Pilobolous began in 1970 at Dartmouth College. Tim Matson began photographing them early in their career, and, in conjunction with a Pilobolus April 11th performance at Burlington's Flynn Theater, PSAW will exhibit a dozen or so of Matson's original prints. Matson's book of Photographs, Pilobolus, was published by Random House in1978 and is still available through used book dealers.
MAY OR JUNE - DAVID POWELL
Plattsburgh NY/ Burlington VT artist/educator David Powell will show his collages and prints at a date to be announced. I've been a fan of David's for a few years. He had a show last year at Burlington's Fleming Museum which was super.
Into the Future. David Powell. Copyright 2000. Digital print mounted on Wood Panel. Used by permission
AUGUST - ALIINE SMITHSON
Aline has been winning awards and grants left and right, and I'm happy to say I knew her when. She will be exhibiting here in August.
Aline Smithson. Arrangement in Green and Black. Portrait Of The Photographer's Mother. Copyright Aline Smithson. Used by Permission
SEPTEMBER - TMNK - THE ME NOBODY KNOWS
I've blogged a lot about TMNK, but here's another image and a reminder that this amazing NYC street artist will be here on Sept 11th for the Burlington South End Art Hop.
TMNK-The Me Nobody Knows. Copyright 2009. Used by Permission.
APRIL 2010 -CAROL GOLEMBOSKI
How To Read The Hand. Copyright Carol Golomboski. Used by Permission
"Psychometry is a series of black and white photographs exploring issues relating to anxiety, loss, and existential doubt. The term refers to the pseudo-science of "object reading," the purported psychic ability to divine the history of objects through physical contact. Like amateur psychometrists, viewers are invited to interpret arrangements of tarnished and weathered objects, relying on the talismanic powers inherent in the vestiges of human presence. These images suggest a world in which ordinary belongings transcend their material nature to evoke the elusive presence of the past.
Copyright Carol Golomboski. Used by Permission
Through an examination of fortune-telling and clairvoyance, many of the images confront the desperate human desire to know the unknowable, historically referencing the Victorian interest in spiritualism as well as the look of the nineteenth century photographic image. Illegible text and arcane symbols in pictures with themes like palm reading, tea leaf reading, and numerology force the viewer to consider man's insatiable need to anticipate his own fate.
The concept behind each picture dictates its darkroom manipulation, sometimes requiring research and revisions that last weeks or months. Combining photography with drawing, seamlessly incorporating photograms, integrating appropriated text, and scratching the emulsion of the negative create images where horror, history, and psychology occupy the same imaginative locale." Carol Golomboski from Photo Eye Gallery