(HILLSDALE, N.Y.) – On Saturday, November 12, 2011, Architecture for Art Gallery opens a show of works by artists Martha Bone of New York City and Bart Gulley of Chatham, N.Y. Opening reception for the artists is Saturday from 6 to 8 pm. The show will run through December 11.
Martha Bone’s sculptures and installations rely on primal shapes and symbols: bioforms that are psychological and geological in nature. They expand, contract, and relax, until a change of state is achieved. Bone’s work explores the notion that stability in the external world is a myth: that we exist as interconnected organisms, subject to the forces of nature, in the framework of time. “My art is a search for meaning in a space beyond thought,” she says.
Of her genesis as an artist, Bone says, “I was 24 years old, working as a graphic designer in New York City. The job was neither challenging nor stressful, and, as I was sitting in my living room feeling very relaxed, a deep channel opened and a torrent of other-worldly and disturbing visions spewed forth. I furiously drew what I was experiencing, wondering if this sudden explosion was past karma, hidden or untapped art, or a weird case of indigestion! Thus began a body of work whose meaning has shifted according to age and receptivity. It has grown to be a vital and enduring part of my life.”
Bart Gulley’s collage and paintings are intended to resemble the concrete and suggest essential physical force. His work references classic American commercial design, graphics and architecture. “I hope to extend the American vernacular in a way that reflects these long-held interests,” he says.
Bart Gulley has exhibited in New York City and throughout the U.S.. He has received grants from Skowhegan, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Millay Colony for the Arts. In March 2011, Bart showed 45 works with the sculpture of renowned artist Stanley Boxer at the Anderson Center for the Arts in Oneonta, N.Y.
Bart has a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Queens College, NY. He taught painting and drawing at the Parsons School of Design from 1990 to 1995. He now teaches privately in his restored barn/studio in Chatham, N.Y.
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