Posts Tagged ‘Emerson Resort’

Adrian Frost

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Adrian Frost has been an artist-in-residence at 11 Cross Gallery and the character of this space took its cue from his energy and work.  In person, Adrian is a powerful, compassionate and  inspiring personality.  He creates an enviroment around himself  that demands participation: there is no such thing as a passive observer in Adrian’s world.  This participation can be by stepping over a pile of salt cushioning a block of driftwood, crouching around a tipped form to view the reverse side or recoiling from the jagged edges of broken glass.

An encounter with Adrian is always memorable as is any encounter with his art.  At first, one is struck by the “arte povera” qualities: chipped plexiglass, broken planks, plateglass “mended” by masking tape  but on closer examination everything is beautifully crafted, deliberate and secure.  The appearance of fragility is purely deceptive as the strength of the artist’s message emerges.

"those who know speak not..." by Adrian Frost upright view courtesty the Image Factory

In his paintings, Adrian combats space forging not so much letters but forms that individually embody the power of the entire word.  Painted phrases such as: “improvised explosive device” or “have a nice day” invoke a new meaning when the space of each painted character is fought for with a passionate brush. In his sculptures, Adrian  chisels cryptic poems into weathered wood.  A long bench states: “those who know speak not, those who speak, know not”  and the interiors of the hewn letters are painstakingly lined in sterling silver leaf.  The installation of this piece, like many others, will shift depending on context and enviroment.  Sometimes, Adrian has exhibited “those who know…” as an upright bench, other times it has been shown face down, barely legible save by looking at a mirror placed underneath and partially obscured by coarse rock salt.   This sculpture, installed as a functional bench, invites body contact yet another placement puts the work out of reach by making its meaning more obscure.  Other artwork can be buried in dirt, shielded behind broken glass or flipped to the wall (“One Man” 11crossgallery Saugerties, NY 13 August 2010), and yet in another incarnation  (“Another Circle” Emerson Resort, Mount Tremper NY 4 June 2010), the same work can manifest a table, exhibit handsome framing or be mounted like a ladder inviting ascension.
Adrian’s next show “Introducing Furies: The Erinyes, Cthonic Deites Supernatural Personifications of the Anger of the Dead” opens September 3, 2011 3-5pm at The Art Colony Eureka Springs , Arkansas.

Eugene Gregan at Emerson Resort

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

The Classical Romanticism of Eugene Gregan: Paintings from 40 Years in the Catskill Mountains curated by Jen Dragon and Brian Powers

October 9th, 3:00-6:00pm

Born in 1937 in New Haven, Ct, Mr. Gregan has painted, planted, and thrived on the southern slope of Ulster County’s Catskill Mountains since 1970. Working from his mountaintop home, studio, and gardens outside Napanoch with his wife Beverly, his paintings have long reflected the magic and quietude of their surroundings.

A graduate of, and later an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, Gregan has also taught at Yale and Brown Universities, Parsons School of Design, Trinity College, and the Naropa Institute. His graphic and commercial design background includes work with I.M Pei, Herbert Matter, Norman Ives, and Joseph Albers, and many of his illustrations, corporate logos, and album covers are widely familiar.

Noted private collectors of Mr. Gregan’s work include John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Miles Davis, Robert Mitchum, John Steinbeck, Julie Christie, Bill Cosby, John Simon, Calvin Klein, Ram Dass, Alan Gerry, Eric Booth, Marty Raynes, Jeff Witty, Robert Osgood, Paul Guenther, Gerry Celente, and Jason Spears of the Scissor Sisters.

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Another Circle

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Another Circle

“Another Circle”, an art exhibition by area artists will be on view Fri, Sat & Sun 11-6 from June 4 thru June 27th at the Emerson Resort, Mount Tremper, NY.   “Another Circle” derives its theme from a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end /Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth,that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning”

Exhibition Artists:
Adrian Frost
Ben La Rocco
Claude Carone
Fionn Reilly
Garry Nichols
Heather Hutchison
Ian Laughlin
Jeff Leonard
John Stalling
Mark Kanter
Nadja Petrov
Ric Dragon
Robert The

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Nadja Petrov and “6 of 1 and Half Dozen of the Other”

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

When Fionn Reilly first approached me about a show at 11 Cross Gallery, he mentioned he wanted to do an installation together with Nadja Petrov.  I was immediately intrigued as I hadn’t seen Nadja’s work in a while but her elegant, intricate, and energetic style had always stuck with me.  How would Fionn, with his iconic confrontationalism harmonize with the subtle humming of Nadia’s art? Once I arrived at Ms. Petrov’s, it became clear how it would all come together.

Work in Progress on Nadja Petrov's drawing table

On her drawing table was one of the pieces she was working on for “6 of 1 and Half Dozen of the Other” , the upcoming installation at 11 Cross Gallery with Fionn.  It was not a large drawing but across its fine surface was a series of beautiful ink lines, almost etched into the paper with the kind of precision you would imagine a glass engraver would utilize.  But its the lines themselves that are so amazing- each one having what I like to call a “noun and a verb” – in otherwords, the lines have a particular character and they move in a specific manner.   Like artful traffic, they swerve carefully in their appointed directions and designated velocity until they form an active pattern of a bigger world.  It would be like a weaving except there isn’t a concrete form that is loomed but rather the white of the page itself is carved and suspended, the small irregular negative spaces sparkling like stars or rippling like waves on a windy lake.  I remembered the black and white photographs I had seen earlier in the week at Fionn Reilly’s studio/gallery on 212 (the old Lucky Chocolate’s building)- the abstract textures created by buildings and vegetation, the vibration that comes from restraint and suddenly the vision for “6 of 1 and Half Dozen of Another” was all coming together.  This upcoming show has truly been  created by these two artists- in this instance, at the opening this Sat June 5, 5-8 and during the entire run thru June 27th, I will be merely the enabler!

Nadja Petrov's Studio

As if all of this wasn’t enough, the night before Nadja and Fionn’s opening, 11 Cross Gallery is sponsoring another show at the Emerson Resort about 20 miles away in Mount Tremper.   Not only will this opening showcase area artists but it will be an inauguration for a new tradition of art presentation and exhibition for this luxury hotel.   So it has been like going holiday shopping to visit artist studios and find work to fill the two enormous gallery spaces combined creating about 2000 square feet of space!  Fortunately, Nadja did her part and is loaning me 2 large paintings about the color red and all its harmonies.  I shared with her that my son had recently told me women have evolved to be much more sensitive to variations in the color red than men are.  Scientists supposed women developed this ability as gatherers of berries and this sensitive  knowledge would keep their families from getting sick from fruit that wasn’t ripe enough or berries that could be fatal.  These paintings are richly in tune with this evolutionary predisposition of understanding of red and can be viewed starting this Friday, June 4 (Opening 5-9) thru June 27th at the Emerson Resort on Route 28.

Studio Visit: Claude Carone

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
courtesy John Davis gallery

image courtesy of John Davis Gallery, Hudson NY

I met Claude for the first time at the opening of North of New York: The New York School Generation in the Hudson Valley Region . His father, Nicolas, is in the Kleinert exhibiton as he is an early New York School Abstract Expressionist and is part of the New York School circle that also maintained a studio in the Catskills.  I am always intrigued to see the artwork of painter- families like Orazio and his daughter Artemisia Gentileschi,  Giambattista Tiepolo and his son Domenico, or Sir Terry Frost and his two sons, Adrian and Anthony.  It is a natural progression as painting is in essence an apprenticeship best learned as an immersion experience and what can be more total than a child growing up in a parent’s studio?  But although there may be similiar themes as parents and children live in the same century and share the same temporal cultural vibe, the soul is often very different because of person and experience.

The paintings of Claude Carone, like his father’s, are abstract but the similarity ends there.   While Nicolas seems to embrace the freshness of post-war America (New York City in particular), Claude evokes a timeless Italian classicism.  Looking at his work, I felt the same kind of environmental honing that is only produced by centuries of living in the same place: the continual perfecting of the land by plowing, planting and building only to be torn down again by war or weather and re-asserted in a more precise way again and again.  The result is a perfect balance of what is and what was and a vitality that is charged by the interchangeability between a form and its space.  Some  paintings have a measured pace in the calm breathing of large gently tumbling forms,  and some a more panting excitement as color ricochets off one edge onto another – either way, there is never an awkward imbalance or irritable inconsistency but always a rational resolution between shapes and a comforting energy generated by a true love of pigment.

Claude Carone Studio

Claude Carone's Studio

Claude will be showing in “Another Circle” at the Emerson Resort opening Friday, June 4, 5-9 thru Sunday, June 28th