Works by Lela Brunet, Alea Hurst, Jason Kruppa and Leroy Miranda, Jr.
Throughout history masks have been adorned as a source of revelry, power and intrigue. From Ancient Roman bacchanals to modern day Carnival parades, the use of costuming allows an individual to take a reprieve from their everyday persona and embrace an alternate reality and personality. In Masked/unMasked, the viewer is presented with a variety of figures either deliberately masked, costumed or portrayed with an abstract face. Each “mask” or lack thereof presents a glimpse into the psyche or greater identity of the wearer – a conscious flux between what is seen (physical) and what is revealed (emotional).
Masked/unMasked is an ode to the spirit of the Carnival season - a time where masked and unmasked individuals come out in full regalia to both celebrate and reveal something greater about their “hidden selves”. The exhibition includes mixed media paintings by Lela Brunet, Alea Hurst and Leroy Miranda, Jr., as well as photography by Jason Kruppa.
Works by Jason Kruppa, Frances Rodriguez, Johanna Rotondo-McCord, Lauren Schonekas and Briana Catarino
DEC. 1, 2016 - JAN. 21, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: SAT. DEC. 3, 5-8 PM
Claire Elizabeth Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition, Dec, 1st, 2016 – Jan. 21st, 2017 with an opening reception on Saturday, December 3rd from 5-8pm. The exhibition titled Southern Exotic explores the flora, fauna and exceptional beings of the greater South.
Southern Exotic is the assemblage of creations by artists working in a variety of media. In Jason Kruppa’s photography, the viewer is invited into a journey of beauty and mysticism with unique portraits and images from the natural world. A nature girl at heart, the designs by Frances Rodriguez feature creatures of vibrant color and whimsy woven from different shapes and shades of fabric. Johanna Rotondo-McCord, a bibliophile and visual artist, produces intricate papercuts of natural life – an ancient technique with a modern twist. With the works by Lauren Schonekas, birds of all flight and fancy are painted in vibrant light with elements of gold leaf and feathers applied to the canvas. Lastly, the works by Briana Catarino capture childhood fantasies of a colorful menagerie on canvas and on paper.
Southern Exotic is an ode to the fantasy that is the South and reflects our sense of discovery, fascination and celebration. The exhibition includes a wide range of works that would make wonderful additions to any modern art collection as well as great holiday gifts.
LA DANSE DES OISEAUX/DANCE OF BIRDS:
Works by Lisa di Stefano & George Marks
Claire Elizabeth Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Lisa di Stefano & George Marks, Sept. 29th – Nov. 24th, 2016. The exhibition titled La Danse des Oiseaux/Dance of Birds explores the creative relationship between bowerbirds, which collect brightly colored objects to build their nests, and artists, whose process involves the assemblage of colors, textures and forms to create works of art.
La Danse des Oiseux/Dance of Birds is the assemblage of lyrical and artistic creations of Lisa di Stefano & George Marks. Di Stefano & Marks, who both received a Fine Arts Degree from Louisiana State University, have remained friends and creative colleagues for over thirty years. The artists share an interest in the symbiotic relationship between the hues, textures and shapes that come together to create an artistic form.
In analyzing their work in relation to one another, they stumbled upon the beautiful “story” of the bowerbird, a being whose sole existence is to collect colorful and abstract objects to weave into a nest. The bowerbird’s nest serves both as a dwelling, a home for its weary soles, and as a way to attract a mate, a soul partner. Scientists have observed that once a male bowerbird has completed its nest, he will “dance” to attract a female.
In the creative process, Di Stefano & Marks discovered their own dance of colors, textures and forms. La Danse des Oiseaux or Dance of Birds reflects the artists’ evolving artistic oeuvres/bodies of work and desire to entice the viewer. The exhibition includes a collection of artworks by Di Stefano & Marks including mixed media on paper and wood panel.
Works by Michael Eble, Frances Rodriguez & Ashley Rouen
Aug. 11th – Sept. 22nd, 2016
An area known for verdant territories and waterways as well as unique Creole architecture, Louisiana has attracted artists of all genres to capture its “essence of place.” When the French settled the state, the views were of muggy, overgrown terrains full of native flora and fauna unknown to many Europeans. As commerce and society progressed, these terrains became more manicured and a settlement of cultured lands was established. With time, European gentry and later Creole and American populations brought a unique style of architecture to the area beginning with the elaborate Spanish and French wrought iron balconied homes of the French Quarter to the cookie-cutter Arts & Crafts homes lining the Bywater, Bayou St. John and Uptown neighborhoods of New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina hit the state, a new view was born – one of devastation, abandonment and blight. In LA Visions, the viewer can see Louisiana, as it is today, through a series of visual representations of abstract/topographical landscapes, charming architectural styles and abandoned homes.
LA Visions features selected works by local artists including paintings by Michael Eble, paintings and works on paper by Frances Rodriguez and paintings and photographs by Ashley Rouen.
Works by Dan Branch, Darneice Floyd, Emily Lovejoy & Leroy Miranda, Jr.
June 30 – Aug. 4th, 2016
By definition “identity” is “who someone is”, a simplistic way to categorize all the myriad of ways in which we present ourselves to the world. Whether it be through personality, appearance, nationality, race or the “masks” that we hide behind, “identity” is a constant battle to define our place among a greater society. The relationship between the external (physical/social) environment versus the internal (personal/emotional/spiritual) is a delicate relationship that artists explore through portraiture and conceptual artistic representations.
Defining Identity features selected works by emerging artists including paintings by Emily Lovejoy, carved and painted masks by Dan Branch, paintings by Darneice Floyd and mixed media works by Leroy Miranda, Jr..
MUSES & MUSICIANS:
Works by Jason Kruppa, Garrett Haab, Briana Catarino & Lela Brunet
May 12 – June 23, 2016
A “Muse” is one of the oldest archetypes in human civilization - a representation of an idealized woman blessed with beauty and exerting irresistible attraction. Since the dawn of ancient mythology, Muses have been a source of inspiration for artists, writers and musicians. Using their feminine mystique to stimulate creativity and flourishing of ideas, Muses are often described as the embodiment of poetry and song. In Muses and Musicians, the viewer is presented with artistic representations of Muses - the personification of the arts and beauty in the female form, alongside those of musicians - the disseminators of creativity in song.
Muses and Musicians features selected works by Southern artists including photography by Jason Kruppa, sculpture by Garrett Haab, works on paper by Briana Catarino and mixed media works by Lela Brunet.
Diffusion of Color:
Works by Amanda S. Fenlon & Briana Catarino
March 24th - May 5th, 2016
For centuries, art has been shaped by colors emanating off a surface to create the images, patterns and figures absorbed by the eyes. The diffusion or spreading of color opens the viewer not only to see shapes and forms, but to experience the expansion of light and shadow. A phenomenon which Matisse best summarized as "light is not suppressed, but is expressed by a harmony of intensely colored surfaces."
In the works of Amanda Salvaggio Fenlon, the viewer experiences light and color dancing on the surface in a series of waves, crests and valleys. In her "Pour Series," the artist starts by pouring diluted oils onto the canvas and manipulates the paint through movement and layers of color. This process is achieved without a single brushstroke, however remarkably results in fine painterly images of cacophonous, yet harmonious color.
Briana Catarino's creation starts with a rich color palette of acrylics, which are then transformed into forms of light and abstraction. Experiencing her work is like walking onto the beach at day break just as the sun unfolds rays of color across the sand and water. The artist uses color to evoke emotion and feelings of uninhibited joy and elation, which burst off the surface of her creations.
The Diffusion of Color is dedicated in the memory of Amy Louise Palmer (Apr.16, 1975 – Oct. 3, 2012) who served as the inspiration for the Claire Elizabeth Gallery.