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Storytellers and Conjurers

Kahn & Selesnick, Louise Laplante, Adam Cohen, Claire Lofrese and Eileen Murphy

October 31, 2013 through December 8, 2013

 

Carrie Haddad Gallery is pleased to announce their next exhibit, “Storytellers and Conjurers”, featuring work by Kahn & Selesnick, Eileen Murphy, Louise Laplante, Adam Cohen, and Claire Lofrese. The exhibit will be on view from October 31 through December 8, 2013 with a reception for the artists on Saturday, November 2 from 6-8 PM. All are welcome.
The ultimate storytellers, who have been showing with the gallery for 20 years, are Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick of Kahn & Selesnick, who met at Washington University in St. Louis in the 1970’s. Their initial collaboration started in Truro, MA with real film and a box camera, (that belonged to Kahn's father and was actually used during the war), a real darkroom, stacks of cotton rag paper, and a xerox machine set on sepia tone. The first few series documented an invented history about “The Royal Excavation Corps” and their experiences with a shaman, experimental wings for solo flying, psychedelic honey and all sorts of adventures shot like an old movie. Eight series later, Kahn & Selesnick now shoot with digital cameras and alter the heck out of them on the computer. The results are stunning and still have the appearance of an era long ago. This exhibit will feature prints from their most recent series Truppe Fledermaus (Bat Troupe), which explores magic realism and documents a group a performers dressed as bats, “greenmen” and “death dancers” who wander the countryside performing only for animals. There are many hand-made elements in Kahn & Selesnick's work—imaginative costumes, stage sets, carved clay bat heads and figures, as well as drawings. This latest series will also include a three dimensional installation in the front room of the gallery.
Another wonderful storyteller, Louise Laplante, uses antique papers from found books and builds a story from them. Her stories are often about women and are plotted with dresses, shoes, and teacups. They are just as often about Earth's creatures. In “Lessons I, II and III”, Laplante collages pages from a book on crustaceans and then draws big chalk whales over them. A cache of vintage envelopes (possibly love letters?) are collaged and graced with a flock of birds in “Their Letters Flew Back and Forth”. Rabbits leap across a ledger of larder accounts. In the tradition of scrapbooks or memory boxes, the work is assembled from personal references. Laplante states, “The surface is blurred with whitewash, the way memories are blurred by distance and the elements of the image are assembled on that ground. The surface is encaustic, used as the final collaged element, to act as the “preservative” for what is underneath, and to provide that final blurring of the image.” Laplante is head librarian at a nearby college, which further explains her love of books and ephemera.
Eileen Murphy tells a modern stark story that is set in an urban apartment or loft. Her exquisitely detailed paintings are like stage sets and it’s up to the viewer to imagine what happens in the rooms. Murphy’s recent work includes oil on panel paintings of an eerily calm, blue, indoor swimming pool, and a starkly spotless Hillsdale Kitchen (with a black and white checked floor that shows off her mastery of perspective technique). Murphy received her MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Mount Holyoke College in MA. This will be her third exhibit with Carrie Haddad Gallery.
Our two “conjurers” are Adam Cohen and Claire Lofrese. Both are contemporary painters conjuring expressive works that couldn't be more different from one another. 
Adam Cohen is a brilliant colorist, and depending on the colors he uses, creates very different moods. His canvases can be dreamy, playful, dark and brooding, or shockingly vibrant. They are always emotional, and not just because the paint is splattered Pollock-like throughout the painting, but because the range of painterly motion is immediate and completely focused. There is a feeling the artist wants to express and he bangs it out. Color and movement say it all. Cohen earned his BFA at Philadelphia's Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He also studied at the School of Visual Arts Parsons, the Art Students League NYC and abroad in Rome. Using Photo Shop 1, Cohen was one of the very first artists ever to use the computer for art-making, launching his career as a top illustrator. He worked for clients such as Disney, Visa, MasterCard, Coca-Cola, CBS-TV, McGraw-Hill, Pfizer, Orion Pictures, Verizon, AT&T, The Atlantic Monthly, Dean-Witter, The New York Times and others.
Where Cohen is wild, Claire Lofrese is elegant and concise. In this series of very tall and narrow oil on panels, Lofrese uses rich gold and brown to simulate the color and light of Old Master paintings. Her monoliths are quite spiritual, but also conjure something out of a space odyssey. The artist's interest in Japanese art is obvious in her choice of format which can hang alone as a scroll, or in multiples, like screens. Claire Lofrese was educated at SUNY Buffalo and Hunter College. She has exhibited in metropolitan New York, Canada, California and with this gallery for at least fifteen years.
The exhibit will be on view October 31 through December 8, with a reception for the artists on Saturday, November 2 from 6-8 PM. All are welcome. Carrie Haddad Gallery is located at 622 Warren Street in Hudson, NY. For more information please go to www.carriehaddadgallery.com, call 518.828.1915 or email the gallery at carriehaddadgallery@verizon.net.

Artists in this show

Kahn & Selesnick


Storytellers and Conjurers 1, 2013

Storytellers and Conjurers 4, 2013

Storytellers and Conjurers 2, 2013

Das Tatowierte Wunder (The Tattooed Wonder), 2012

Der Letzte Mann ( The Last Man), 2012

Eichengeist (Oak Spirit), 2012

Kein Fisch Mehr (No More Fish), 2012

Action Painter, 2013

The Prophet of the Ditch, 2013

Mask Cart, 2013

Cart Pullers, 2012-13

Water Meadow, 2012

The Dark Puppeteer, 2012-13

The Ship's Doctor, 2012-13

Bat In A Tree, 2012-13

Garden Suburb, 2012-13

Precipice, 2012-13

Ghosts of the Shipwreck, 2012-13

Bird Thrower, 2012-13

The Dark Rider, 2012-13

Three Jumpers, 2012-13

Mirror Eyes, 2012-2013

King of Birds, 2012-13

King of Weeds, 2012-13

The Age of Wire and String, 2012-13

A Queer Tea Party, 2012-13

Three Bats In a Boat, 2012-13

Shoe, 2012-13

Reginald Perrin, 2012-13

Bridge, 2012

Deluge, 2012

Raven Tree, 2012

Squawk!, 2012

High Water Mark, 2012-13

Voyage of Greenman, 2012-13

Red-Handed, 2012-13

The Jolly Company, 2012-13

Vladimir and Estragon, 2012-13

World on Its Head, 2012-13

Tulip Mania, 2012-13
   

Adam Cohen


Storytellers and Conjurers 1, 2013

Storytellers and Conjurers 2, 2013

Air Bluing With Afternoon, 2012

Rising Ashes , 2012

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Wrath of Mars, 2013

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Night Bird, 2013

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Mediterranean, 2013

Secret Garden, 2013

Wild Fire, 2013

Tahitian Summer, 2013

Carpe Diem, 2013

Breaking the Surface, 2013

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Claire Lofrese


Storytellers and Conjurers 1, 2013

A'sea, 1989

Ladder, 1989

Search, 1989

Solar, 1989

Vessel, 1989

Ark, 1989

Forest, 1989
 

Eileen Murphy


Storytellers and Conjurers 1, 2013

Storytellers and Conjurers 2, 2013

4th Floor Staircase, 2009

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Magdalena with Wrapped Foot, 2011

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Foyer (Axis), 2011

Sink, 2008

Ray and Jen's Kitchen, 2013

Living Room, 904 2B, 2011

Pool, 2013

Louise Laplante


Storytellers and Conjurers 1, 2013

Poem Quilt, 2013

Quilt Pour Mes Enfants, 2013

The Bone Collector, 2013

Prices Have Gone Up Again: Rabbits, 2010

An Afternoon Class in True Etiquette, 2013

The Price of Creation, 2003

Practical Cherioscopy, 2013

Three Graces, 2013

Swimming Through Paris, 2011
   

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