Elisa Contemporary Art Presents Monochromatic Vision, 9/6
Elisa Contemporary Art presents Monochromatic Vision. Nature inspired artwork in singular palettes. The exhibit opens September 6, 2013. It will run through October 20, 2013. The exhibit delves into nature-inspired images captured and created by six American artists. It travels from the frigid Icebergs in the Antarctic to the lush Palisades along the Hudson River in New York and rushing waterfalls in Kaua'i. The exhibited artists capture visions of flowers and fowl in a new light and using a range of diverse techniques and materials.
Featured artists include: Photographers John Conn and Jesse Kalisher, Sculptor Atticus Adams, Hawaii artists, Carol Bennett and Wayne Zebzda, and New York artist, Elaine Galen.
Monochromatic Visions highlights include:
- Bronze Mesh floral sculpture by Philadelphia artist, Atticus Adams
- A flowing Ink, Acrylic and Shellac Waterfall study by Carol Bennett reminiscent of a Pat Steir painting and a study for a future public art installation
- Carbon smoke drawings of Hawaii artist, Wayne Zebzda created with a welding torch
Join Elisa Contemporary Art as the gallery celebrates it's 5th Anniversary in Riverdale with Receptions on:
- Thursday, September 19 from 6-8pm
- Saturday, September 21 from 5-7pm
What: Monochromatic Vision.
o Artists: Atticus Adams, Carol Bennett, John Conn, Elaine Galen, Jesse Kalisher, Wayne Zebzda
When: September 6 - October 20, 2013
Special 5th Year Anniversary Events:
o Anniversary Reception; Thursday, September 19 from 6-8pm
o Anniversary Reception; Saturday, September 21 from 5-7pm
Where: Elisa Contemporary Art, 5622 Mosholu Avenue (near 256th Street), Riverdale NY 10471.
Hours: Friday/Saturday 10 am - 6 pm and by Appointment
Meet the Artists:
Atticus Adams is a sculptor whose work embodies the transformative power of art to create beauty, meaning, and emotional impact from industrial materials. Using mostly aluminum mesh-generally found in screen doors/windows and filters-he creates abstract pieces and installations, which sometimes resemble flowers, clouds, and other natural phenomena.
Atticus works spontaneously, feeling his way toward the objects that take shape in mind as he shapes them almost entirely by hand. To some pieces he adds color and texture by applying paint or broken auto glass.
"Metal mesh is a beautiful, flexible material that allows you to explore shadow and transparency in endless ways," he says. "The material lends itself to these biomorphic shapes, which aren't necessarily intentional . . . The sculptures seem fragile but are actually quite resilient-like nature itself."
Atticus grew up in West Virginia, steeped in traditional folk art. Several members of his family were self-taught artists, deeply involved in such crafts as wood carving and quilting."
His formal art training includes stints at Yale, Rhode Island School of Design, and Harvard's School of Architecture. He has been exhibiting his work throughout the US since 2004
Carol Bennett has lived and painted on the island of Kauai for the last 20 years. After graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara (College of Creative Studies) and the Art Center College of Design (Los Angeles), Carol became a scenic artist, painting stage sets for theater, film and TV. It was this experience that has driven Carol's continuous exploration into texture, layering and the use of new and innovative materials. According to Carol, "I have a free-wheeling approach to technique and materials: hypothesis, experiment and conclusion...I am intrigued by the innate nature of different types of material... the nature of things"
Carol's work has been featured in many solo and group exhibits. Carol has created several public art projects including "Water as a Point of Departure" for the Nawiiwili Harbor in Oahu and a 48' x 8' photovoltaic glass canopy for the Hawai'i State Art Museum Sculpture Garden. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including The Contemporary Museum of Art (Hawaii) and The Persis Collection of Contemporary Art.
John Conn got his start as a Marine Combat photographer, and later earned his BFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
In 2010, he spent 45 days in the Antarctic and Patagona traveling often on small zodiac boats to photograph Icebergs and the arctic landscapes.
As a freelance photographer, he has captured a range of subjects photojournalism, landscapes, architecture, underwater images and he has been published in The New York Times, American Photographer, Nikon World (just to name a few). His iconic New York City Subway series photography is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York.