February 15, 2014

Architecture as muse at Union College

If readers are up near Union College in Schenectady, NY, please check out "blueprint," a three person exhibition in The Atrium Gallery curated by Brece Honeycutt, artist and writer of the terrific blog on a colonial farm. In her blog, Honeycutt chronicles life on her colonial-era farm in western Massachusetts, researching and imagining what life was like for the women who lived there before she bought the property. Naturally, when Honeycutt discovered The Glass Room, a 2009 novel by Simon Mawer that tells the compelling and tragic tale of a Modern house built in Czechoslovakia before World War II, she was drawn to the story, and she decided to use it as the basis for this exhibition. Featuring work by Peter Dudek, Victoria Palermo, and me, the show considers architecture as a muse.

Honeycutt writes in her curatorial statement that
throughout Mawer’s book, the concepts, structures and images from the three artists' works are made manifest. It is almost as if Mawer had the vibrant planes of Palermo's structures, or layered architectural shapes of Butler’s canvases, or the three-dimensional constructivist landscapes by Dudek in his mind’s eye as he wrote. Mawer: “Steel will be as translucent as water. Light will be as solid as walls and walls as transparent as air. I conceive of a house that will be unlike any other, living space that changes functions as the inhabitants wish, a house that merges seamlessly into the garden outside, a place that is at once of nature and quite aside from nature."
 Please join us this coming Thursday, February 20, at 3:30  when we'll be having a gallery talk and reception.

My wall of paintings references urban architecture, HVAC units, security gates, exhaust vents and other rooftop structures.

Peter Dudek built a Modernist tabletop village with corrugated cardboard and plywood. Lookout: One of Dudek's signature plaster clouds hangs overhead.

Installation view: Palermo's meticulously-built plexi-and-wood objects in foreground, my wall of paintings in the background.

One of Victoria Palermo's plexi-and-wood structures. This one appears to be tumbling off its supports.

"blueprint," curated by Brece Honeycutt. The Atrium Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, NY. Through February 27, 2014. 

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