Details from work by the four artists
Art lovers! Make your plans now to stop by The Living Room.
From October 12 through October 21, our space will be taken over by Van Brunt Projects, the current evolution of Carl Van Brunt and Suzanne Ball’s celebrated gallery up the river in Beacon. We’re thrilled to host them, and we’ve given them the run of the place. There will be art in the storefront, art in the main space, art on our gallery wall, and even a video installation in the intimate Sky Room.
And the show is going to be kick-ass—easily the highlight of the fall season in town. New Hudson: Second Nature is ostensibly a show of “local artists.” But when local includes the world-renowned Starn Brothers, Michael Zelehoski (whose mindbending wood pieces New York Magazine placed at the intersection of “highbrow” and “brilliant”), the amazingly versatile Kathy Feighery and the pioneering digital art of Carl Van Brunt himself, the word starts to mean something very different.
The opening reception will be October 12 from 6:00 to 9:00, and there’s a closing party on October 20. The catch-it-while-you-can gallery is open 12:00 to 6:00 every day in between. Come check it out! As Suzanne and Carl wrote about the show, “What is most important in this art, like what is most important in Nature, can’t be easily verbalized. You’ve got to see it, you’ve got to directly know it, it’s got to be Second Nature to you.”
We knew Marlana from around town. We knew she was a musician, playing venues on Main Street and farther afield. We knew she was an actress, performing in musical and nonmusical theater. We did not know that, when she went home to Carmel, up the road, over the hills, she spent her time making art—collage on found objects with a strong whiff of the Byzantine. Her work reminds us of a comment our sculpture teacher once made: “There’s a naive quality to your work that I find very precious, and I think you should pamper that.” The show opens February 16 at 6:30 and runs through March 25.
- D. Wigdor, Celestial Chord, oil on canvas, 30″x30”, 2004
When our friend Larry said we had to meet Dana Wigdor and see her art, we paid attention. Larry is an artist himself (we’re trying to convince him to do a show), and also a fixture on Main Street. A tough customer. When he mentioned Dana—the landscapes she paints, the beautiful enigmas intruding, the wordless intelligence of it all—we realized we had never heard him say much of anything at all about art, certainly nothing specific about another artist. Never a rave. We had to find Dana right away. Fortunately she lives and works just up the road. In a little cottage that is a bright bubble of another world edging improbably into ours. Like the aspect of her work people seem to notice first. She calls them “widgets,” and, make of them what you will (wetware prosthetics? hybrid alien biologies? satirical doodles? cold prophecy?), we are proud that they will be calling the living room home for a while. Whole gently mechanical ecosystems of them. In oil, ink, and chalk.
The show, Dana Wigdor: The Floating Verse, opens tomorrow, Friday November 4 (reception at 6:00), and will be on view in our gallery through December. Hours: 12:00 to 6:00 daily (closed Tuesday and Wednesday).