Unison Arts Center is hosting a unique two person exhibit featuring works on paper of Shanti Grumbine and paintings of Claire Lofrese in an exhibit at the gallery from November 13 until December 10 with an Opening Reception on Sunday November 13 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Shanti Grumbine is a Brooklyn-based visual artist who grew up in New Paltz, NY. She has been an artist in residence at the Millay Colony, Ucross Foundation, Yaddo, Wave Hill Winter Workspace Residency, Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency, Artist in the Marketplace (AIM), AIR Gallery Fellowship, Women’s Studio Workshop and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. This year she was awarded an individual artist grant through the Santo Foundation and a summer residency at the Saltonstall Foundation. Starting in November, she will be an artist in residence at the RAIR Fellowship program in Roswell, NM. Select exhibition venues include The Bronx Museum, The Dorsky Museum, The Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery at SUNY Ulster, CCA Sante Fe, A.I.R. Gallery, Magnan-Metz Gallery, Planthouse Gallery, and IPCNY.
In Shanti Grumbine’s own words, ”In the 70’s, Felix Gonzalez Torres advocated, “As cultural producers we should be very aware of what the culture is doing. We must read the newspaper…” and that the New York Times was his “greatest source of inspiration”. While the New York Times served as a daily touchstone for me, a struggle with neurological Lyme Disease left me grappling with focus, word recall and short-term memory making it very difficult to stay engaged and informed. Since I strive to make work that is authentic and honest, I decided that if I could no longer take information in, I would remove it. That initial intimate performance of redaction with an X-ACTO knife on a newspaper page intrinsically moves beyond the personal and gestures toward themes of censorship, marginalization, bias and subjectivity and has galvanized my projects for the past 5 years. This act serves as a source for my collages, prints, textiles and wall relief.
Kenosis is an ancient Greek noun for emptiness or an emptying. In my project Kenosis, I utilize the erasure and excision of the New York Times newspaper to elicit a sacred experience of the everyday. By physically removing content, I make space for what has been censored in media as well as what is lost in the translation of experience into words. I reference ancient narrative formats such as commemorative paper cutting, illuminated manuscripts, medieval musical scores and stained glass. In this particular series, I wanted to create a pixelated effect by hand. In cutting away content from images of conflict in the Middle East in a gridded manner, I inadvertently created patterns that also look like the geometric designs and Kufic calligraphy present in Islamic architecture.
I created Redacted during a month-long residency at Women’s Studio Workshop last summer. For this series, I use cut newspaper pages as stencils for screen prints. The pages act as sliding doors that reveal and obscure appropriated images from international and environmental crises. Small redacted and inverted advertisements hover like ghosts in their respective slots; I am reclaiming these luxury items, imbuing them with significations of legacy and value. Zeroed is comprised of nine prints bearing faceless and inverted black and white watch ads, images of objects that will remain after we die and another reference to the recalibration of value.”
In Claire Lofrese’s own words, “This body of work uses divisions or grid in various forms (a recurrent device in much of my artwork) – but adds landscape into the mix. Landscape has always been a presence in my work even when the work is more abstract in appearance.
A formal device such as the grid, in combination with an image, provides a dichotomy: geometry and randomness, structure and gesture. Some of my work has been divided into vertical panels, resembling Asian screens other pieces are divided into horizontal bands. These combinations enable me to explore tension and movement in a balanced whole.
I was brought up in the Hudson Valley and after many years in New York City and a few in southern California, I made my home in Beacon NY. The Hudson Valley landscape is a large influence on this work. My works are not of specific places in my surroundings, but are a remembered image or the retained feeling of landscape. With this as a starting point, I then make decisions related to texture, color and style. These pieces could be of many other locales and in that way I hope that they resonate with the idea of landscape rather than a depiction of it.”
The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday through Friday and by appointment (call 845-255-1559).
July 3, 2016 Opening Reception
Unison Arts Center will celebrate the 2016 Outdoor Sculpture Garden opening. Everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic and wander through Unison’s woodland garden. Experience these magnificent sculptures in a lovely, peaceful setting which includes a fishpond. This year’s exhibition includes new works by many artists that have participated in past years as well as sculpture pieces by several new artists. The Sculpture Garden is open all year round.
Unison Arts accepts submissions for exhibitions in its gallery throughout the year. The gallery has approximately 80 feet of wall space for both group and solo exhibitions. The gallery committee reviews submissions and makes selections periodically, generally booking one year in advance.
All media and styles are acceptable, although we can only exhibit artwork which can be hung on the walls of the gallery—it is a multi-use space which hosts workshops, performances, classes and meetings.
All work must be ready to hang.
The artists will provide Unison Arts with a short biography and resume for our publicity by the date requested.
To submit work please send an email with the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Unison will do its best to protect all artwork. Our insurance does not cover artwork in the gallery or in the sculpture garden.
The installation of each show is scheduled on the Wednesday prior to the Sunday opening.
The work will remain in the gallery for the duration of the show and will not be for sale at other venues during this time period.
The show will be taken down by the artist(s) the day after the show closes. This is very important because Unison has no storage facility.
Please address any questions to email@example.com or call the office at 845-255-1559