Dan Talbot, Janitor 2020, oil on board, 40 x 60 inches
In this painting, Dan Talbot pictures a neighborhood urban view and then applies an overlay of abstraction that blends and fractures the scene. The painterly application conflates the street, house, yard, cars, flagpole with a cosmic tangle of images of body parts, cartoon-like heads, birds and pure abstraction. Janitor is named after the song by the 80s post-punk band Suburban Lawns and acts as a visual response to the internal rhyming, with both sound and meaning.
"I'm just intuitively recording bits of information, how objects can be broken down into little bits of very specifically colored shapes, and how those shapes intersect and line up with each other. After a dozen or so sittings a scene emerges with much of the white underpainting left untouched." Dan Talbot
Dan Talbot holds a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (1996) and received the prestigious Rome Prize for painting. Talbot attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine (1995). He is the recipient of a Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Fellowship Award in Painting and Merit Award in Painting. Residencies include Lijiang Studio Residency, Yunnan, China; Ucross Foundation, Wyoming; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and the MacDowell Colony Residency, Peterborough, NH.
Cartier Christmas Window
Cartier Christmas Window is our feature this week, an exquisite screen print on Japanese paper made with no less than 36 ink colors. During its debut, it was selected for feature in the now retired print publication Art in Print for their Prix de Print series.
We would like to share some of the writing of Faye Hirsch as she describes the successes of this work:
"Before us is a shop window with a jewelry display. To either side, festoons of pine or tinsel hint at Christmas. Above is the brand: a logo unmistakably readable as Cartier, despite its being cut off at the top. Like any fancy Christmas window on Madison, this one includes a gimmick: a video, one presumes, of snow leopards - tinged with pink, like a glacier under the winter sun-bounding through an ice-blue background…Turquoise and violet shadows enhance the fluidity of the leopard action, as slightly off-register shadows and cartoon like sparkles give the jewels before them vivacity and allure….For its part Cartier Window brings to mind early lithographs by James Rosenquist or works in various mediums by Wayne Thiebaud-especially his woodcuts of a cake and candy apples produced in the 1980s at Crown Point Press in Kyoto with Tadashi Toda, a master of Ukiyo-e… Ebner pays homage to numerous art historical sources, but there is something quite contemporary in theses scenes - all combining, the artist informs me, the flawed memory of real things seen and pure invention."
Stella Ebner is Associate Professor of Art and Design and the Chair of the Printmaking Department at Purchase College SUNY, NY. She earned her BFA from the University of Minnesota (1998) and her MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (2006). Ebner recently received a MI-LAB residency at Lake Kawaguchi, Japan, and has held residencies at Tamarind Institute, NM; the Lower East Side Printshop, NYC; Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program, NYC; and Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA. Her work is in the collections of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN; the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN; University of St. Thomas, MN; and the Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, among others.
Golden Hour is Allison Bianco's most recent work, completed in October of this year - an image that captures the magical time near sunset at the beach. The left part of the print is covered in a deep teal etching ink which is broken by the sun's low glow over First Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island. Waves crash by the rocks, and seagulls with shiny treasures, fly off to their nesting spots.
Allison Bianco is a printmaker who primarily employs etching and screen printing in her work. Golden Hour was created using these processes with the addition of hot foil stamping. In this case, Bianco has applied two etching inks to the plate simultaneously, teal and golden yellow, to achieve the transition of day to night, indicating the moment of twilight. The gulls, clouds, fireworks, and vibrating sun are added over the etching ink with screen printing. Finally, holographic hot foil was stamped onto the print, highlighting the seagulls' prowess for collecting.
Printed by Allison Bianco. Hot Foil Stamping by Lois Harada at DWRI Letterpress.
6 prints available from the edition of 7!
Allison Bianco received her MFA in Printmaking (2010) from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI and her BA in Studio Art (2001) from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. Bianco has recently been awarded a public art commission for New York City public school 671K in Brooklyn for a new, permanent site-specific artwork. Bianco is the recipient of a Visual Arts Sea Grant from the University of Rhode Island and her work was selected for a solo exhibition at The Print Center in Philadelphia as part of their 88th International Competition. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; The New York Public Library, NY; RISD Museum, RI; Yale University Art Gallery, CT; the University of San Diego, CA; and the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, HI; among others.
R-Lily 2010, acrylic and collage on board, 36 x 36 inches
We are delighted to focus on the work, R-Lily in this week's CT Feature. The painting is a fantastical depiction of elements in nature. The central blue and white biomorphic cloud emerges from a body of delicately collaged white forms and lifts towards the green ferns in the upper part of the painting. Deeply spiritual and reverent, this painting is a beautiful gem-like work by the late Donnamaria Bruton.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Donnamaria Bruton grew up in Detroit, and graduated from Michigan State University in 1976 where she earned her BFA in Graphic Design. After graduation, Bruton continued her art career by studying art with her uncle, painter Edward Loper, Sr. in Wilmington, Delaware. During this time, Bruton often visited the collection of art in the famous Barnes Foundation to study the collection. Founded by Albert C. Barnes in 1922, the collection holds some of the most seminal works by Matisse, Cézanne, Renoir and Modigliani as well as important examples of African sculpture. Bruton's entree to the Barnes resulted in a lifelong reverence for the work of Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse and are among Bruton's greatest influences along with abstract painter Cy Twombly.
Bruton continued her education and earned an MFA from Yale University in Painting and Printmaking in 1991. Between her MSU education and Yale, Bruton exhibited with pioneering African American gallerist Dell Pryor in Detroit. In 1993, she joined the Painting Department as Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Donnamaria Bruton's work has been included in numerous one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States, including an early solo exhibition at Woman and Their Work, Austin, Texas as well as exhibiting abroad in Canada, Japan, France and Korean Biennial. Donnamaria Bruton's work is in the permanent collection of the Black Studies Gallery, University of Texas, Austin, Newport Art Museum, RISD Museum, Yale University Art Gallery and many private collections.
Nancy Friese Fall Realm 2017, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 inches
Color is a power which directly influences the soul - Wassily Kandinsky
During the past few weeks, at the tail end of fall leaf season in New England, intense golden yellows, deep coral reds and orange colors were intensified by the sun during the day. Friese explores this phenomenon in her watercolor, Fall Realm. Through the view, there are hints of blue water, a few green leaves clinging to the branches, and an evergreen anchoring the right side of the scene, a reminder of the power of nature. Here soon, fall leaves will gather on the ground and the sculptural twists and turns of the empty tree branches will remain as a reminder of nature's incredible ability to adapt and change.
Not one artist is a keener observer of nature than the indisputably recognized American en plein air artist: Nancy Friese (b. 1948). Friese paints oil paintings and watercolors as well as creating etchings, woodcuts and lithographs using her trained eye and first hand observation of nature. Trees, clouds, sky, grass, estuaries, rivers, ocean, rocks, and perhaps a path or a fence indicating human inhabitants, are all created with an astounding sense of color and movement. Both the long view and closer view works bring a joyous sense of spontaneity to the intricately detailed scenes.
I am restored by being out of doors painting amid the swirling colors of fall. Nature lifts us out of the daily into the fantastic. - Nancy Friese
During the long winter, may you have time to reflect on this work and keep in mind that the seasons will change and nature is our enduring reminder of life. Thank you for you your support of our gallery artists and for your interest in contemporary art.