In Turbulent Times, Two Artists Explore the American Landscape

Liz Antle-O’Donnell and Alan Shulik at Kehler Liddell Gallery, March 23 – April 23, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 8th, 3-6pm; featuring live guitar music by Joseph Tinari and a discussion with the artists hosted by Semi Semi-Dikoko @ 5pm.

New Haven’s Kehler Liddell Gallery presents two unique bodies of work exploring American landscape and culture. Liz Antle-O’Donnell’s mixed media exhibit WALLS focuses on gated communities, drawing an analogy to what is happening in the country at large. Running simultaneously, ENIGMATIC CANYONS, an exhibit of Alan Shulik’s landscape photography, features canyons found in the southwest. Both shows will be on view from Thursday, March 23 through Sunday, April 23. The Opening Reception, part of Westville’s Second Saturday event For the Love of Art will be held on Saturday, April 8, 3-6pm, and features a lively Q & A with the artists, hosted by Semi Semi-Dikoko at 5pm.

Antle-O’Donnell explains the concept for WALLS – a mixed media exhibition featuring prints, collages, 3D installation and video – grew from a fascination with gated communities: “As an artist and lifetime city-dweller, it was hard for me to understand this desire to barricade oneself in conformity and box living.” Her varied research on the subject was the foundation for the exhibit, which asks the viewer to consider the larger implications of our fabricated communities, the epidemic of mass consumerism, and the “visible and invisible, blatant and subtle” walls that are everywhere in today’s society.

ENIGMATIC CANYONS, a collection of new work by Shulik, consists of color photographs created in the slot canyons of the southwest, as well as some images of Yellowstone and Bryce Canyon. These works were created with color digital technology, and reveal the enigmatic beauty of the slot canyons, and the visionary drama of western landscapes. Of this exhibit, Shulik says, “My most recent works have a painterly quality, much more reminiscent of a painted image than a traditional photograph.”

Shulik is a fine-art photographer who lives in Guilford, Connecticut. He likens his work to visual poetry, and to painting with the lens of the camera. His artistic work in recent years has moved into a more impressionistic and surreal realm, focusing on creating images that are evocative of dream-life, memory and wishes. Shulik uses digital imaging techniques to achieve some, but not all, of his final works. Shulik has exhibited in many solo and group exhibits in the U.S. as well as in France, and has won numerous awards and honors. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Connecticut Homes and Gardens, and Focus Magazine, among others. You can see more of his photography at www.alanshulikphotography.com

A New Haven native, Antle-O’Donnell has been an active member of the New Haven arts scene as a teacher, administrator, and artist for over a decade. Though primarily self-taught, she studied printmaking and studio arts at New York University (BA, English), Paier College of Art, and Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited from coast to coast, including such local venues as Kehler Liddell Gallery, Creative Arts Workshop, Artspace, and Seton Gallery, and is held in private collections in CT, NYC, LA and abroad. You can see more of her work at www.lizantle.com.

Programs and events made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program. For more information about all upcoming events, visit www.kehlerliddell.com, call 203.389.9555, or follow the Gallery’s Facebook page. Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Gallery hours are Thursday through Friday from 11:00am - 4:00pm: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. It is free and open to the public. 

Discover the Artist At Work: Two New Shows @ KLG

Frank Bruckmann's, "Studio Still Lifes" + Edith Borax-Morrison's, "Monoliths + Magic": Thursday, February 16 - Sunday, March 19, with a reception on March 11th, 3-6pm w/ artist talk @ 5pm

Step into the mind of the artist in two new Kehler Liddell Gallery shows: Monoliths and Magic by Edith Borax-Morrison, and Studio Still Lifes by Frank Bruckmann. Together, the works of Borax-Morrison and Bruckmann bear witness to the daily workings of an artist: the mindset, the mechanics and the necessary materials to make art. Both shows are on view at the Westville gallery from Thursday, February 16 through Sunday, March 19, with an Opening Reception planned for Saturday, March 11 from 3pm - 6pm that will feature an artist talk at 5pm.

The intricate interwoven lines, circles and marks in Borax-Morrison’s abstract drawings speak to the very nature of the artist: consistent, compulsive, with meticulous attention to detail. On display in Monoliths and Magic are a series of small pen and ink drawings from the artist's sketchbook, revealing how her “mind fibers” or “penweave” drawings take shape. From sketchbook to larger formats, the show also includes a group of drawings from “Mollie’s Magic” and a series of monoliths. 

“My work is influenced by surreal, mystical, and psychological elements from the past,” explains Borax-Morrison. “I am also fascinated with weaving, hair, fairy tales, myths, and primitive societies. All of which appear in my work.” 

For Studio Still Lifes, Bruckmann has composed a collection of oil paintings depicting the life in his studio. Increasing the mission of the materials that are foundations to every piece of his artwork—crimped oil paint tubes, bottles of viscous medium, ancient canvas pliers—they are abruptly shifted to the forefront as the very subject, keenly observed and elevated into objects of art, no longer worthy only to the artist.

Bruckmann’s brushstrokes, use of color, form and texture are his mechanisms to paint the tools of the art studio, creating a lusher and nearly kinetic subject. Though referred to as a “still life,” visits will find that they are more about “life” than “still.”

Inauguration Nation: Artists Respond to the New Administration

At this unprecedented time in our nation's history, Kehler Liddell Gallery has created an open forum for local artists to respond to the political and social climate. In Inauguration Nation, on view at the gallery through February 12, three dozen artists boldly address current issues in a variety of viewpoints and mediums including visual, literary and performance art.

Inauguration Nation was organized by artists Tom Edwards and Tracey Scheer. “The goal was to allow artists to fill a room with expressions of their political and emotional views at a critical time in our history,” said Edwards. “Some folks protest, others write and post on social media. This show is an outlet for artists to express themselves in their most natural way.” 

“It's also a place for members of the community to gather on Inauguration Day and after, to explore issues, engage in conversations, and find fellowship among a community of artists,” added Scheer. “We hope that folks who are not otherwise engaged on Friday will come by Kehler Liddell Gallery rather than watching the ceremony. This is one of many ways people can come together during critical times to feel a sense of community.”

Check out press for the show: New Haven Independent, New Haven Register, Hartford Courant

The following special events are planned. All of them are free and open to the public. 

Friday, January 20, 11AM-4PM: Inauguration Day Open House

Join friends and community artists to explore issues, discover new art, and enjoy the fellowship of others instead of watching the ceremony. 

Saturday, January 21, 3-6PM: OPENING RECEPTION

The Opening Reception for Inauguration Nation includes excerpts from the live performance piece "Society Fuct" by Gordon Skinner, Attallah Sheppard, and Teens Davis at 5PM (Parental Discretion Advised). 

Saturday, January 21, 6:30-8PM: Official After Party

Continue the conversation at the official after party at Gordon Skinner's Art Cafe, Erector Square 315 Peck St., Building #4.

Sunday, February 12th, 9:30am: Let's Play! Stories and Songs @ KLG

We will read a story inspired by the exhibition. All ages welcome. Refreshments served.

Participating artists include: Corina Alvarezdelugo (encaustic), Liz Antle-O'Donnell (mixed media), Marsha Borden (mixed media), Jay Bright (watercolors/dry pigment print), Amira Brown (acrylic/media), Amy Browning (painting), Frank Bruckmann (painting), Rod Cook (photography), Penrhyn Cook (photography), Teens Davis (performance), Tom Edwards (print collage), Daniel Eugene (ink on paper), Silas Finch (sculpture), Julie Fraenkel (sculpture), Kathryn Frund (multimedia), Toni-Ann Gammon (video installation), Katrina Goldburn (painting), Mohammed Hafez (3D installation), Draper Harris (acrylic on paperboard), Joan Jacboson-Zamore (painting), Katie Jurkewicz (painting), Gaetano LaRoche (oils on canvas), Sven Martson (photography), Roy Money (photography), Adam Nicklewicz (acrylic on canvas), Ivan Nussberg (photography), Hilary Opperman (encaustic/mixed), Hank Paper (photography), Jen Payne (visual poetry), Gritti Ragins, Tracey Scheer (mixed media), Attallah Sheppard (performance), Gordon Skinner (sculpture/collage), Mark St. Mary (mixed media), Gar Waterman (photo collage), and Jonathan Weinberg (acrylic/panel).

Deck the Walls

Deck the Walls
November 17 - December 24
Opening Reception: 

December 10, 4-7 pm

 

Want to take the edge off your holiday shopping list? Then check out DECK THE WALLS, Kehler Liddell Gallery’s annual holiday group show and sale featuring an eclectic mix of local art, like photography, painting, pen and ink, mixed media, prints, and sculpture by 18 local artists. You'll find creative works of varying sizes in price ranges to suit all budgets. The show runs from Thursday, November 17 through Sunday, December 18.

Come out and celebrate the season at the festive Holiday Reception on December 10 from 4-7pm as part of Westville's Second Saturday. Meet and mingle with all of Kehler Liddell's featured artists: Liz Antle-O’Donnell (Hamden), Robert Bienstock (New Haven), Amy Browning (South Norwalk), Frank Bruckmann (New Haven), Penrhyn (Penny) Cook (Bridgeport), Rod Cook (Bridgeport), Thomas Edwards (Killingworth), Julie Fraenkel (Branford), Matthew Garrett (Hamden), Joan Jacobson-Zamore (Milford), Keith Johnson (Hamden), Sven Martson (New Haven), Roy Money (New Haven), Edith Borax Morrison (Branford), Hank Paper (Hamden), Mark K. Saint Mary (New Haven), Alan Shulik (Guilford), Gar Waterman (New Haven), and Marjorie Wolfe (Cheshire).

 

 

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Revelations of a Secret Self in New Kehler Liddell Gallery Shows

 

Kehler Liddell Gallery's upcoming shows call to mind the quote by French film director Jean-Luc Godard who said “art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.” Will you see yourself in Donne in Maschere, a stunning exhibit by photographer Rod Cook? Or in Who We Were When, an intriguing series of new figurative work by Julie Fraenkel? Come find out! Both solo shows run from October 13 - November 13, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, October 15, 4-7pm. 

 

Cook has long been fascinated by the literal and metaphorical meaning of masks. In Donne in Maschere he features handmade Venetian-style masks in concert with his love of the female form. The result is a collection that captures two incongruous states: unadorned exposure and camouflaged secrets. 

 

Cook worked in photography in New York for the first 25 years of his career. His other jobs have included managing editor of a magazine, helicopter pilot, and partner in a design firm. In 1996, he left commercial photography to devote his energies to fine art work exclusively. His photographic mediums have included platinum/palladium printing as well as silver gelatin and digital carbon pigment. In recent years he has combined encaustic methods as well as Venetian mask making with his photographs and prints. Rod has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibits, and his work is in many private and public collections notably Graham Nash Collection, University of Chicago and the Cherye R. and James F. Pierce Collection. You can see examples of his work at www.penrodphotographs.com

 

In Who We Were When, Fraenkel presents an allegorical look at the phases of life as if stages of mythic dreams. Employing the push and pull she experiences in her painting and drawing—shifting between which marks to leave and which to bury—she has created a series of figures bound in time, forming a non-linear chronology of who we may be at particular moments. 

 

Fraenkel attended Syracuse University as a Fine Arts major, and received a Bachelor of Arts and certification in Art Education from Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont. She was a graphic designer and illustrator for many years, working for newspapers, ad agencies, book publishers and museums. Julie has a studio at Erector Square in New Haven, where she works in sculpture, drawing, painting, mixed media and encaustics. Fraenkel won the Joshua Point Studio Prize for collage and New Haven Paint and Clay Club Prize. She exhibits widely in the region, and her work is in many private collections. You can view her work at www.juliefraenkel.com

Below is the link to Yale Daily News' article written by James Post. It concerns the Kehler Liddell Gallery and artist Kathleen Zimmerman's latest exhibitions titled Couples

http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2016/01/25/gallery-showcases-local-artists/