ABSTRACTION AND THE INFINITE PLANE

ABSTRACTION AND THE INFINITE PLANE

April 27 - July 27

Known mostly as figurative painter, Duckworth took respite from figuration to explore abstraction, pattern-making, and abstracted portraiture in exciting and inventive ways. In these lesser-known works, forms borrowed from the physical world become motifs of repetition expanding beyond the page into the endless plane of the minds eye. These pieces appear as windows, tunneled portals that give just enough information so to tease the larger universe into which a viewer peers.

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GLENN GOLDBERG

IF EVER

painting, drawing, and mixed media

A native of the Bronx, Goldberg has never been satisfied to be confined as one type of artist. He has explored numerous media over the years, from glass blowing, ceramics and cast plastics to more traditional drawing, painting, and works on paper. As a teacher and an artist Glenn is dedicated to the labor, commitment, and craft of those two roles. Similar to the way an athlete trains, Glenn approaches the practice of art with exacting discipline, the product of that energy finding a home in work that is elaborate and arresting yet somehow effortless and serene.

IF EVER runs from June 8 - July 21.

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LANGDON GRAVES

BUGS ABOUT / DIAGONAL SCIENCE

“Insects often show up in my work as tiny symbols of mortality, transformation, and the inevitable processes of decay and renewal, in the tradition of Vanitas and Memento Mori painting. I recently came across the term Diagonal Science, coined by the writer / philosopher / sociologist and friend to the surrealists and magical realists, Roger Caillois, who wrote about insect behavior as an analogy to human activities and endeavors. Diagonal Science was his study of how myths develop, which he theorized as an interdisciplinary product of anthropology, biology, religion and geography. I take a lot from mythology, spirituality and many of the pseudo-sciences for my work, and I think of Caillois' term Diagonal Science as a kind of pre-cursor to theories and practices we’ve written off as science-like, but not in keeping with the scientific method.”

-- LANGDON GRAVES

BUGS ABOUT / DIAGONAL SCIENCE will be exhibited on the museum grounds June 8 - September 8.

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LUCY PULLEN & TOM BUTTER

TACTICS / BEING CLOSE

Please join us for the opening reception of a site-specific, interactive sculptural collaboration TACTICS / BEING CLOSE by Lucy Pullen and Tom Butter. This work is the first collaboration between Pullen and Butter and is a kinetic sculpture located on the grounds of the museum and operated by a mechanism controlled by the viewers.

“A book moves through the trees above three planar forms. The book is open and face down, as if temporarily set aside, on a very long track. It runs above three forms that profile the city. A wheel, turned by hand, moves the book from the clearing to the woods and back again. There are places to sit, between pairs of jagged red lines that stem from New York City’s open data. This mechanism, too, is over our heads. On pause from contemporary urban life, a hand on the wheel turns the mechanism. Movements are incremental. There might be progress.”

-- LUCY PULLEN & TOM BUTTER

TACTICS / BEING CLOSE will be displayed on the museum grounds June - September 8.

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KYLE MORRISON

TREE and VESSEL

Please join us for the opening reception of TREE and VESSEL a group of works by Kyle Morrison exploring the relationship of traditional Bonsai practice, contemporary ceramics, and the natural world. Morrison grew up in Norwich, Vermont spending his formative years in the forests of the Green Mountains and the cow pastures of the Upper Valley. For the better part of the last 15 years Morrison has worked to hone the craft of Bonsai, moving from an interest to a hobby to a full blown obsession. Amassing a collection of tiny trees numbering into the fifties, Morrison treats each the way a doting parent might watch a child, allowing nature and the environment contribute an influence, while being sure to offer a steady hand of guidance when absolutely needed. Trees will be displayed in assemblages of collected found objects, river stones, and a group of ceramic pots made in Morrison’s studio in Richmond, Vermont.

TREE and VESSEL will run from June 22 - July 21.