Paper Space Exhibition Opens at the Lionheart Gallery on October 21
Pound Ridge Gallery Transformed by A Cutting Edge Collection of Art on Paper
POUND RIDGE, NY – (September 25, 2015) Showcasing an innovative panoply of works on paper, from sculpted in situ paper wall hangings, encaustic paintings and collage to trace and viscosity monotypes and coded alphabet works, the Lionheart Gallery’s Paper Space exhibition will debut with a Meet the Artist reception on October 18 from 2 to 5pm. The exhibition will be open from October 21 through November 30 and includes an Artists’ Talk on November 14 at the Lionheart Gallery, 27 Westchester Avenue in Pound Ridge, New York, just over the Stamford and New Canaan, Connecticut, borders. Exhibiting artists include Darien painter and printmaker Karen Vogel, Rhode Island paper sculptor and mixed media artist Barbara (Babs) Owen; award-winning multi-disciplinary artist Fairfield resident Roxanne Faber Savage; Litchfield County monotype artist Liz Dexheimer; Pennsylvania encaustic painter Margaret Noel; New Canaan mixed media artist Constance Old; Pound Ridge contemporary artists Geoffrey Stein and David Hutchinson and Phillip Halaburda a resident of Provence, France.
“This is one of our most imaginative exhibitions of the year,” said Gallery Director Susan Grissom who pointed out that it includes a wide array of paper art forms from sculptures and color-coded alphabets to encaustic paintings created from wax and paper to sculptures of cut paper and fiber art. “Each of our exhibition artists has a signature style that speaks volumes about their exceptional mastery of printing and art-centered execution. And just as the presidential race heats up, Donald Trump will make his presence known in a larger than life portrait by local Pound Ridge area artist, “recovering lawyer’ Geoffrey Stein.”
Geoffrey Stein’s innovative expressions play out in a parade of paper-infused portraits that double as biographical social commentaries on headlining personalities and public figures. His 60” by 80” image of Donald Trump, created from filed bankruptcy petitions, guest stars in the lineup alongside a Wall Street Journal-Barrons-New York Times-inspired Jamie Dimon, one of the many money managers who made it into Stein’s Irrational Exuberance series.
An architect by profession, a philosopher by choice and an artist at heart, David Hutchinson communicates his vision through the alphabet, translating prose into a color-coded language and word blocks that communicate with the viewer visually at first, then viscerally as the translations are revealed.
Liz Dexheimer’s trace monotype series reflect the artist’s respect of process and curiosity with layers of information that convey a sense of place. Selections from her evocative Koi series, on exhibit at Lionheart, celebrate the ornamental qualities of nature and energy.
New Canaan artist Constance Old portrays her fascination with texture and fiber through unique works of art on upcycled paper. Her wall coverings blend her inspiration with traditional rug hooking and reused materials into three-dimensional collages of color that evoke conversations about contemporary life. Her multi-hued Loofah Grid will be on exhibit at Lionheart throughout the fall.
Fairfield printmaker Roxanne Faber Savage marries the universal with the personal in her work, pushing traditional art forms into new visual directions that incorporate “freedom, energy, and the unconscious line.” That she enjoys texture and symbols, including the omnipresent eye, is apparent on her prints, most of which transform the plastic, paper and metal panels they are created upon. Her plexiglass Intaglio monoprint Overgrowth I is included in the Paper Space exhibition.
Mixed media artist Barbara “Babs” Owen sculpts works of art from interwoven forms and handcut paper trails that she creates from a process she refers to as “automatic drawing.” Her use of color and shape evolves with the space it occupies; her installations are organic, taking on their shape and design on site after meticulous tweaking by the artist.
Margaret Noel’s encaustic paintings, a fluid collage of observational landscapes both industrial and personal, fuse alternating layers of paper, pigment and beeswax to portray each scene. Her work invites introspection during each up-close inspection, pulling the viewer in with “blurred remembrances” of a setting rather than a “precise rendering.”
Karen Vogel, a Darien printmaker and painter, will be exhibiting her multi-layered monotypes. Utilizing the language of print, typography, architectural and organic forms, there is evidence of a continual process of order and chaos.
The exhibition debuts at a preview artists’ reception on October 18 and will officially open from October 21 through November 30, Wednesday to Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM and Sundays from noon to 4 PM. The gallery will also be hosting an Artists’ Talk from 5 PM to 7 PM on November 14th with many of the exhibiting artists. For more information and to view the works on line, visit www.thelionheartgallery.com, call 914.764.8689 or stop by the gallery at 27 Westchester Avenue in Pound Ridge, New York during opening hours.