Some beginnings are loud and boisterous like the screams of a new child entering the world; other beginnings are quieter, softer and make us wonder if the presence wasn’t always there, we just didn’t see it before. The Associate Gallery, also called TAG, is off and running featuring non-leasing holding, juried members of the Torpedo Factory family that many of you may already know! They are artists that have sublet space in the past, newly juried members and constant contributors. It is with great excitement that we come together to showcase the myriad of talents we have to offer the Factory!
“Beginnings,” showing this month in TAG’s studio 319 brings together fiber artist, Erika Cleveland, oil painters Ellen Kolansky and Susan Sherwin, and photographer, Val Proudkii in our seminal exhibit.
Fiber artist and former art therapist Erika Cleveland celebrates the courage and strength inherent in change through her transformative healing dolls. Her work represents the dynamic relationship we navigate via our spiritual and physical forms.
Painter Susan Sherwin is a “casual portrait” artist most recently featured in Elan Magazine’s February issue. Her work does indeed look like a scene plucked right off a theatrical stage. Employing unusual cropping, angle and dynamic brushstrokes, Sherwin paints realistic likeness from photographs capturing intimate portraits.
Newly juried in oil painter Ellen Kolansky draws the viewer into her work engaging both mind and emotion. Color variation is the vehicle employed to capture light and shadow on objects and living things in her vibrant works that use brush strokes to represent motion and physicality. Preferring to paint en plein air versus from photographic image, Kolansky notes that her work, “presents a bold energetic view of small parts of our world.”
Photography has always been in the blood of Ukrinian-born Val Proudkii. At the age of seven, he received a Russian-made Leica Zenit for his birthday. Val has been taking pictures ever since. Inspired by the works of Henri Cartier Bresson and Brassai, Val began using his camera to capture streets scenes of various cities and small towns around the world for that ‘aha’ moment.
Join the artists in TAG in Studio 319 daily from 11am-6pm. Don’t miss Beginnings showing through March 1st!