PERSONAL VISIONS: Tom Edwards and Joe Saccio

April 28 through Sunday, May 29

Opening Reception on Sunday, May 1 from 3:00 - 6:00pm

 

Tom Edwards’ work in this exhibit reflects the inspirations of death and transfiguration, as well as Piero Della Francesca’s Ideal City and related studies. His exploration of the art of drawing and the creation of spatial volumes expresses his experience, memory, and reconstruction of his surroundings. The spaces created in his work are based on observation and memory; they are not intended to represent any single moment in time but rather to assimilate multiple moments and observations into an experience of a place. Most of these works were developed over long periods of time, with many changes and shifts of direction. As Edwards explains, “I start with a specific idea about a place, but allow the drawing to participate in the development by constantly altering and balancing the two and three dimensional aspects. Often, I’ll remove or redraw large areas of a piece to create a completely new set of references.” The resulting surface is one of many layers that establishes the history and memory of the work. 

 

Joe Saccio’s featured image for the PERSONAL VISIONS exhibit is the 9-foot mixed media sculptured titled “Homage to Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Tree Grows in Macondo, an elegy for one of his favorite authors. “The imagery of my sculpture arises from a passage in Marquez’ novel 100 Years of Solitude in which the fictive Columbian town of Macondo is visited by a plague of butterflies which covers the whole town and its magical people,” explains Saccio. “This sculpture is a visual version of the literary ‘magic realism’ which characterizes Marquez’ writing.” Other sculptures in the show evolved out of Saccio’s interest in the aesthetics of destruction evident in the arresting photographs in our newspapers depicting various military actions in the Middle East.

Saccio works in a variety of sizes and materials, ranging from installation size, for indoors or outdoors, to pedestal size and utilizing both natural and synthetic materials. The majority of his work uses natural materials, primarily wood, and found objects, joined together in a primitivistic manner, expressing personal feelings associated with myth and ritual, loss and rebirth. The often-brutal form and meaning of these solemn works are in contrast to the highly colored, brash and ironically humorous style of those pieces constructed of synthetic materials. He leads the viewer through the transformative process, producing forms which are abstract but usually biomorphic.

Still Life Triptych by Tom Edwards

Sculpture, homage to Marquez,  by Joe Saccio

Upcoming Exhibit

Marjorie Gillette Wolfe
Mark St. Mary

Home Away From Home
Home, Not Home

June 2 - July 3
Opening Reception: Saturday June 11, 4 - 7 pm

 

A New Haven native, Wolfe’s photography often centers on structures, landscape, organic processes, and the environments in which they occur. Her new work in Home Away, Home explores what happens to campers and trailers when they are not traveling, but at home. “What is a trailer when it’s not?” she asks. “Repurposed or purposeless, celebrated or languishing, protected or decaying, a symbol of status made public or camouflaged as a secret?” Come see for yourself in this collection of photographs that is amusing, yet with occasional notes of melancholy.

 

Partnered with Wolfe’s show is St. Mary’s exhibit of photographs Home, Not Home, which asks similar questions about our perception of everyday objects. “Something seen on travel, on vacation, often seems more interesting than a similar subject at home,” St. Mary poses as introduction to this collection of images. “Colors seem brighter, architecture more interesting and rich. But are things really that much more than when seen near home or is it merely a matter of perspective?” Home, Not Home is a series of paired images exploring what occurs when we awaken to the familiar, seeing home with the same fresh eyes we have when traveling.

 

St. Mary’s photographs are primarily taken in urban settings, usually somewhat off the main streets, and are often a visual representation of his emotional connection to the locations. He is drawn to patterns, textures, and juxtaposition of colors on structural surfaces that have come about through the additive or subtractive effects of nature and man. The weathered patina of a block wall, the scar of skateboard impacts on a utility box, the attempted remediation of graffiti; all becoming something different when removed from context through the composition of the image. He tries to create abstract pieces that are emotionally evocative, where the subject acquires a grace unavailable in context and thus becomes irrelevant. He names the pieces in such a way as to not stand between the viewer and the work, allowing the viewer’s fantasy to shape his or her experience of the artwork.

Marjorie Gillette Wolfe

Marjorie Gillette Wolfe

Mark St Mary

Mark St Mary

 

Past Exhibitions:

2016

Paintings / Drawings
Laura Barr

Wishful Thinking
Penny Cook

Matter and Time, Looking Southward
Roy Money

Many Voices, One Song
Ava Orphanoudakis

Couples
Kathleen Zimmerman

2015

The Whole Wide World
Marjorie Gillette Wolfe

Breaking Bread
Frank Bruckmann

Incipient Speciation
Rod Cook and Gar Waterman

Hello, I Must Be Going: American Pastoral
Hank Paper

Momentary Landscapes
Liz Antle-O’Donnell

Artist as Curator 2
Invitational Group Exhibit

Mexicans
Sven Martson

New Members Exhibit
Liz Antle-O’Donnell, Laura Barr, Roy Money, Jaime Ursic, Kathleen Zimmerman

Time Capsule
Edith Borax Morrison

New Work
Keith Johnson

It's A Wonderful Life: Celebrate With Art                                                       
Laura Barr, Amy Browning, Frank Bruckmann, Penny Cook, Rod Cook,Tom Edwards, Julie Fraenkel, John Harris, Keith Johnson, Sven Martson, Roy Money, Edith Morrison, Hank Paper, Joe Saccio, Alan Shulik, Mark St Mary, Jaime Ursic, Gar Waterman, Marjorie Wolfe, Kathleen Zimmerman

2014

Recent Extended Work
Keith Johnson

Drawings and Visions
Tom Edwards

Threads of Serendipity
Susan Clinard and Penrhyn Cook

Oil and Water
Member Artists Group Exhibit

Fragments: Tragedy and Hope
Joseph Saccio and Fethi Meghelli

New Haven’s Own Winfred Rembert
Winfred Rembert

Signs of Life
Julie Fraenkel and Matthew Garrett

Two Directions
Edith Borax Morrison and John Harris

Inside the Box
Member Artists Group Exhibit

Cowboys and Cattle
Jean Perkins

Appearances and Apparitions
Mark St. Mary and Alan Shulik

2013

Nudes and Nudibranchs
Frank Bruckmann and Gar Waterman

Ephemerals
Marjorie Gillette Wolfe

Into the Wild
Lisa Hess Hesselgrave

New Members Show, 2013
Penny Cook, Sarah Beth Goncarova, Julie Fraenkel, Tom Edwards, Sven Martson, Fethi Meghelli, Jean Perkins, Maureen Squires

My Seventies Show
Sven Martson

New Italian Color
Hank Paper

Dot Works 2000-2004
Gerald Saladyga

Masks
Rod Cook

2012

Untitled
Alan Shulik and Peter Wickenden

Reflections of Place
Susan Clinard

Recent Work
Keith Johnson

Alternative Pathways
Edith Borax Morrison

Geographies of Solitude
Andrew Hogan and Gigi Horr Liverant

Artist’s Choice
Group invitational exhibit

Out of Hand
Member Artists Group Exhibit

Blue Matters
John Harris and Kristina Kuester-Witt

Matthew Garrett and Gerald Saladyga

Sounding the Silence
Amy Browning

Memory and Transformation
Joseph Saccio

White
Artist Members Group Exhibit

Reflections of Place
Susan Clinard and Prisca

2011

I and Love and You
Member Artist Group Exhibit

Double Vision
Alan Shulik and Kristina Keuster-Witt

Coruscations and Cotyledons
Marjorie Gillette Wolfe and Gar Waterman

New Work
Joseph Adolphe and Rod Cook

My Brother Jack
Lawrence Morelli and Silas Finch

Cuba, Arrested Splendor
Hank Paper

Domi-Cells
Jason Friedes

Untitled
Emilia Dubicki and Blinn Jacobs

Seven
Rod Cook, Matthew Garrett, Andrew Hogan, Keith Johnson, Hank Paper, Alan Shulik and Marjorie Gillette Wolfe

It’s a Wonderful Price
Small treasures of 25 Gallery Artists

2010

Streetwise America
Hank Paper and Guests

Here and There
Matthew Garrett and Gigi Horr Liverant

Presence
Deirdre Schiffer and Lawrence Morelli

Artist as Curator
Member Artist Curated Invitational Exhibit

Recent Works
Edith Borax-Morrison and Lisa Hess Hesselgrave

Recent Work
John Harris and Keith Johnson

Coalescence
Nicole Van Axx and Sculpture by Susan Clinard”

Site Unseen
Joseph Saccio and Gerald Saladyga

New Work
Frank Bruckmann and Susan Clinard

2009

Transformative
Joseph Saccio and Keith Johnson

Vanishing Points
Alan Shulik and Bob Giannotti

Breaking the Surface
Susannah Waterman and James Prosek

Paper Wood Bone
Susan Clinard and Alexis Brown

No Constraints
Emilia Dubicki and Edith Borax Morrison

Relevant Irreverence
William Kent

Scene / Seen
Rod Cook and William McCarthy

Overtones/Undertones
Blinn Jacobs and Marjorie Gillette Wolfe

Size Matters
Gallery Artists Group Exhibit

2008

Deconstruction and Resurrection
Joseph Adolphe and John Ferry

Beauty and the Beasts
Rod Cook and Dana Stewart

Israel at 60
Hank Paper and Marjorie Gillette Wolfe

Untitled
Larry Morelli and Lenny Moskowitz

In Sheep’s Clothing
Laurie Grace, Gale Zucker, Julie Fraenkel

Change
Member Artists Group Exhibit

Occupational Spirit
Frank Bruckmann and Steven Whinfield

Inside Outside
Lisa Hess Hesselgrave and Scott Paterson

2007

Curated Group Exhibit  by Susan Shutan

Untitled
Lawrence Morelli and Brian Gill Wendler

Untitled
Gigi Horr Liverant and Miguel Trelles

Untitled
J.S. Robinson and Josh Gaijen

Member Artists Group Exhibit

Untitled
Blinn Jacobs and Amy Browning

Untitled
Matthew Garrett and Gar Waterman

Retrospective
Roger Van Damme

2006

Translucence/Transparency
Blinn Jacobs and Susan Moldenhauer

Untitled  
Keith Johnson and Dan Larkin

Member Artists Group Exhibit

Untitled  
Edith Borax Morrison and Roger VanDamme

Untitled  
Jessica Cuni and Gerald Saladyga

Untitled 
Frank Bruckmann and Dean Fisher

2005

Points of View
Frank Bruckmann and Constance LaPalombara

Seeds and Stones   
Gar Waterman and Joanne Schmaltz

Member Artists Group Show

Untitled  
Jessica Cni Applebee and Than Vu

Outside In 
Josephine Robinson and Claire Maury Curran

Small Works 
Member Artists Group Exhibit

2004

Member Group Show

Faculty Exhibit  
Southern Connecticut State University Faculty

Parallel Universe  
Matthew Garrett and Lisa Robinson

Recent Works
Terrence Lavin and Dean Fisher

Small Works   
Member Artists Exhibit