Transcendence (May 18-June 21)

05/18/2014 - 9:00am
06/21/2014 - 4:00pm

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                       THRU MIND AND ACTION  

May 18 - June 21

Opening Reception May 18 - 3pm to 5pm 

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l to r:  Nicole Hixon's "The Sum of its Parts" (2013); Two of six panels by Lisa Berley - View final result of installation May 18

"Transcendence", a unique exhibit featuring sculpture, installations and two-dimensional works, showcases the creative interpretations of nine diverse artists working with their chosen materials. 

Curator Carole Jay notes that a musical note, paint and brush, a block of stone are some of the pathways available for artists to create art. What of more simple things? Creation can unfold within everyday occurrences. Viewed through the selective eye and thought, and in the right hands, the ordinary can become extraordinary. Through the ages artists have examined ways to incorporate human interaction and experience, fabricating a very personal art. We build monoliths of stone, excavate land, re-purpose wood and plants, always seeking alternatives to what was.

The artists in this exhibit of transcended objects were chosen for their ability to find and change materials into something different than from their original purpose.  Creative imagining can be both an educational and thought provoking experience.

For example, Dix Hills artist Lisa Berley employs photography to view the world not from a macro but to a micro viewpoint, combining photography and computer imaging to deconstruct and reconstruct images into a new form.

Megan Biddle, of Pennsylvania, transforms glass marbles and steel wire into a swirling vortex of kinetic activity evoking the image of a tornado.

For Brooklyn artist Chris Coffin, a lifeguard and practicing artist, his love of the ocean as his place of peace is his inspiration for works that reflect
both acute awareness of the moment and surrender to that experience.

Elizabeth Duffy divides her time between Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Brooklyn. As one who had moved 11 times by the age of 18, her quasi nomadic life influences her "Landless" series of map drawings that are combined with everyday objects, connecting home to faraway places.

A resident of Stony Brook, Joseph Esser's "Kinesthetic 1.0" is a kinetic and interactive installation conceived and built in 2012-13, designed with electronics and monofilaments that come alive as one nears the work, taking on the appearance of a volumetric waveform.

New York artist Nicole Hixon's "Division of its Parts" employs steel belted radial tires to provoke the viewer to further explore her chosen media and to see the object as something other than its original form.

In "Red Carpet" and "Stepping Out", world-renowned yarn artist Carol Hummel uses thread, weavings, and sculpture to communicate the unraveling of one part of life and the formation of a new one.  Also, in June, Ms. Hummel, who comes from Ohio, will have her "Hand-Stitched Hamlet" installation on view at the start of the Oyster Bay Art Walk season in the downtown business district.

In the spring of 2013, New York sculptor Michael Kukla started using masking tape in his work.  Lightweight and ubiquitous, he found this product to be a solution to the problem of dealing with heavy sculptural material, such as wood and marble that is difficult to transport. Finding masking tape to be pliable and flexible, he creates honeycombed tapestries that undulate like clouds from the wall.

Greenlawn artist Maureen Palmieri's "Candlewall" is an installation expressing the merging and melting of candles used in different rituals, intermingling their original essence into a combined experience symbolizing life and its many rites of passage.