For Immediate Release: June 22, 2018
Heightened Awareness: Two artists, paying attention to the quiet moments in life
Clifton Springs, NY – When was the last time you slowed down and noticed something "in the moment"? Many of us go through life, bouncing from one commitment to another or are so entranced by what is happening on the glowing rectangular distraction (aka, smartphone) in our hands that we end up passing by so many interesting and meaningful things. The next exhibition at Main Street Arts pairs the work of two artists who aim to notice these meaningful details and to make artwork inspired by them. Heightened Awareness will open with a reception on Saturday, July 7, 4–7p.m.
Heightened Awareness is an exhibition of large scale lithographic prints by Gregory Page and architecturally inspired wood sculpture by Roberto Bertoia. Both artists have a desire to take notice and to be aware of the minute details of their surroundings. This exhibition is a contemplation on being present in the moment and truly experiencing a place.
Roberto Bertoia’s sculpture is made with second-hand, salvaged pieces of wood. He turns them into something new, something other than what was originally intended. He uses his material in an intuitive way, building without a solidified plan, similar to a painter responding to each brushstroke. Through this organic and fluid process his finished pieces are an homage to architecture and design and create interesting relationships between the interior and exterior. He enjoys the "paradox" of seeing and not seeing and contemplating what is hidden and what is revealed.
Gregory Page takes different varieties of plants from his backyard gardens and transforms them into large-scale lithographic prints with a unique process. Dipping the leaves and grasses into a lithographic wash solution called, “tusche” he creates greyscale images of plant varieties that look somewhat photographic and at the same time, otherworldly. As an active gardener, he has several perennial and vegetable gardens where his backyard serves as a place of research. He is given the opportunity to collaborate with the plants growing there in an endless cycle of investigation, design, regeneration and sustainability.
About the Artists…
Gregory Page is an Associate Professor of printmaking and drawing in the Department of Art at Cornell University. He is a Watts Prize Teaching Excellence recipient (2012 and 2017) and serves on the advisory board of the Cornell Botanic Garden at Cornell University. Gregory is also a co-founder of The Ink Shop Printmaking Center in Ithaca, New York. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX; Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, LA; and Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.
Roberto Bertoia is an Associate Professor of sculpture and drawing in the Department of Art at Cornell University. Bertoia has exhibited in national and international juried and invitational exhibitions. He has been commissioned by Winston-Salem State University and the University of Binghamton. Bertoia completed his BFA in sculpture in 1978 at the University of Windsor-Ontario, and his MFA in sculpture at Southern Illinois State University in 1982.
The gallery is open to the public and as always, entry is free. Wine and snacks will be served at the opening reception on July 7. See the exhibition through Friday, August 17. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 11a.m.–6p.m.