“Migration” installation (detail) by Kitty Wales
New Era Gallery’s late summer show will open on Saturday, August 9, featuring the work of Tom Lieber and Kitty Wales.
Tom Lieber’s abstract paintings and monotypes are informed by nature and meditations, reflecting his efforts to channel his interior life onto the canvas and paper. Explicitly painterly gestures overlay dense and layered backgrounds. His works are found in the permanent collections of several major public and private collections, including the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museums in New York, SF MOMA, and the Tate Modern in London. Lieber found his way to Vinalhaven in the 1980’s, through a connection with an influential teacher at the University of Illinois. For the past decade, he has resided in Hawaii and LA, but maintains a deep affection for this island.
Kitty Wales’ “Migration”, a multi-part installation, will have its debut in the Windy Way Barn. Described by the artist as a modern day fairy tale, the work is inspired in part by stories of the early navigators of the Marshall Islands. In that culture, navigational knowledge was passed down from generation to generation to those who had the gift; first learned by means of charts made of reeds, then committed to memory. The central life-sized figure in the installation is modelled after a drawing entitled “The Wife of Jacques Meyer” by Dutch Renaissance artist Hans Holbein the Younger. It is constructed of found and donated old wooden chair parts over welded steel. Her headdress obscures her outward vision; as she travels with her troop of animal companions, she looks inwardly to find her way. Wales has summered on the island since early childhood, and maintains a studio here where she returns each year. She currently teaches sculpture at Boston University.
The show runs through August 27. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information call 863-9351 or visit neweragallery.com.