Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, is pleased to open their season with a 7 person group show titled “WHAT YOU SEE…” The opening reception will be First Friday, May 6, from 5 – 8 pm. Most of the artists will be present. The show is combination of digital media, collage, and photography featuring Sharon Arnold, Craig Becker, Nadine Boughton, Virginia Fitzgerald, Seth Lester, Elizabeth Opalenik and Agnes Riverin.
The work is a narrative exploration of an idea, opinion, or social observation. The intended message is more obvious in some work than others, and this is largely dependent on the level of commitment by the artist to the specific idea. Sometimes the purpose of the work is simply to observe it.
French Canadian artist Agnes Riverin says of her work “All that is true to me is the intention to express something that is inexplicable. This digital work is composed of hundreds of my macro photos objects and movements of water, birds and manmade ships. The words you see are my poems. I use star charts (monthly constellations) to locate the space / time. I am interested in quantum physics and cosmology. I make a connection between quantum physics and space-time when we lose a loved one; the time seems to stop for us. But quantum physics tends to prove that time does not exist, all that really exists is the present. Only water movement in the night.”
Agnes is a published poet, painter, and digital artist with a powerful and palpable common thread in all three disciplines.
Artist Craig Becker explains of his digital photography compositions, “Stories form the foundation of our human experience. I create incomplete stories, where the elements of the image touch but their relationship is ambiguous. This encourages the viewer to connect the dots and create their own narrative. The framework is visually and emotionally complex, inviting exploration into the beauty within the shadows”.
Gender roles and politics are the theme of Nadine Boughton’s work. Her carefully crafted editions have a comic book feel to them – the palette and resolution is soft and fuzzy.
“My intention is to deconstruct the images of mid-century advertising, creating narratives of ambiguity with humor and a dark edge, revealing some of the different relationships men and women have to power, beauty and longing. The images play with the convergence of interior and exterior domains, abstract ideas and the mystery of the female form. This series is an homage both to the handsome men in Fortune who look like all the fathers I watched in their suits with briefcases, carpooling to a foreign land; and to the community of mothers who served egg salad sandwiches on the green lawns of suburbia.”
In contrast to this work, Seth Lester’s voice has a more playful tone. “Irony, humor, playfulness — perhaps these are immediate responses to my images. Created in a freely associative manner, this work invites us to participate in constructing a narrative. Incorporating the same objects in different images creates a continuity that adds new dimensions to an ongoing narrative that explores the inherent mystery that I intend to be neither didactic nor symbolic. This process connect with Baudelaire’s concept of the imagination as ‘an almost divine faculty which perceives at once, without resort to philosophic methods, the intimate and secret connections between things.” Perhaps those viewing these images are unable to resolve the mystery of what is unknown by resorting to an intellect that desires logical explanations. While participating in the mystery, when we are not resorting to creating meaning through symbolism, then we can feel comfortable with not knowing, and just smile.”
Show runs through May 31. See www.carverhillgallery.com for hours and more information.