Fountain Street Gallery will present “Unspooled,” an exhibit of paintings and fiber art by Joel Moskowitz and Sylvia Vander Sluis, from June 5 - June 30, 2019. The artists both use line to unspool their longings for wholeness—with Moskowitz working in two dimensions and Vander Sluis in three. Moskowitz winds a continuous dark line to build curving shapes on paper and wooden panel. His forms evoke the pull of planets embracing lonely moons. Vander Sluis uses lines of fiber and ribbon to build soft sculptures, creating totems that seem from an archaic tribe, fragments of sacred garments. They exude sensual beauty. Both artists capture mystery in their work, be it the psychosexual energy of Vander Sluis’s sculptures or the mandala-like spirit of Moskowitz’s paintings.
Joel Moskowitz draws long, spiraling lines, mesmerized. He erases and revises over time, building up a shape that seems, finally, both loose and tightly-wound. One end of the line typically hangs free, giving the viewer a way into the maze. Ink grows dense and looping like script. Moskowitz was a picture framer, and now his concentric lines are like frames, holding balls of color, silvery clouds, and collaged illustrations of animals. He blends minimalism and expressionism with a metallic sheen. His work, says Moskowitz, "is influenced by religious icons, yearnings for wholeness.”
Moskowitz, who lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts, is known primarily for his text-based artwork. He studied sculpture at Brandeis University, where he received a BA in 1976. His work has been shown in several juried group exhibitions, including the Cambridge Art Association's 'National Prize Show,' the Danforth Museum's 'Off the Wall,' and in the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts. Joel is a Core Member of Fountain Street.
Sylvia Vander Sluis is a mixed-media artist who weaves and knits improvisationally. Inspired by fiber, she often gets design ideas from its texture, color, and weight. Her fiber figures are vessels of both emotional strength and vulnerability; they talk about the nature of personal power and resilience. In her “Torso” and “Pelvis” series, Vander Sluis plays with both masculine and feminine forms. “My work gives the personal a physical presence that has emotional power,” she states. “I like the idea of making what is most vulnerable in us strong and beautiful.”
Vander Sluis graduated with an MFA from Western Michigan University and BFA cum laude from Syracuse University. Artmaking has always been a part of her life. She enjoyed a long business career as a worldwide program manager in the IT industry, where she specialized in corporate training and business process improvement. Vander Sluis joined Fountain Street Gallery in 2017 and has a studio in her Lancaster, MA home. Her work has been shown in numerous New England venues, including ArtsWorcester, Galatea Fine Art in Boston, Sitka Gallery in Fitchburg, Cambridge Art Association, and the Attleboro Art Museum. Sylvia is a Core Member of Fountain Street.
“Unspooled” will run from June 5th through June 30th. The Gallery is located at 460c Harrison Ave. #2, Boston, MA and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 6pm, or by appointment.