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Bruce Sargeant (and his circle) & Still Life Group Show

Carolou Kristofik, Dale Payson, Craig Johns, David Konigsberg, David Halliday, Margaret Crenson, Eileen Murphy, Judith Wyer, Juan Garcia Nunez, Nick Patten, Ann Getsinger and Lionel Gilbert

Opening reception Saturday December 18, 2010

December 16, 2010 through January 23, 2011

We all share a passion for the beauty of the natural world, and we also share a passion for bringing it all inside with us. Who can resist making arrangements of those precious little things one gathers; perhaps a flowering branch, quinces that will be made into jam later, a bird’s nest on the window sill, or seashells and buttons styled in a favorite basket   In this next exhibit at Carrie Haddad Gallery, several of the gallery artists offer an intimate view of their studio world through their personal tableaux of still life.

 

A still life is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either or man-made. With origins in the Middle Ages and Ancient Greek/Roman art, still life paintings give the artist more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition than do paintings of other types of subjects such as landscape or portraiture.

Traditionally, some of the objects in a still life were likely to have been selected for their symbolic meaning, but this symbolism eludes most modern-day visitors. Cut flowers or a piece of decaying fruit, for instance, symbolism mortality. But a still life painting doesn't have to have symbolism. Cezanne is perhaps the most famous painter of apples simply for the colors, shapes, and perspective possibilities.

Still life developed as a separate category in the Netherlands in the last quarter of the 16th century. When 20th century American artists became aware of European Modernism, they began to interpret still life subjects with a combination of American realism and Cubist-derived abstraction.  This exhibit contains both, plus many more personal interpretations of the genre.

 

Eileen Murphy uses heightened realism to paints her paintbrushes and worktable, and the evening’s dinner of “lobsta” and berry cobbler seen in exaggerated close-up.    Margaret Crenson paints her breakfast of toast and eggs (poached or fried) in triptych form.  Ann Getsinger paints the small and peculiar.  A beautiful ripe orange sits in front of a winter landscape, and a musical one-armed bunny is nostalgic and sadly comical. Carolou Kristofik has an extensive pottery collection which she paints in exquisite detail adding household objects—a paperbag, eggs, teatowel, rubber ducks—for visual play.

Dale Payson uses shots of bright color and thickly applied paint to represent massive arrangements of flowers, bowls of bright red berries and vivid green apples - a sense of armfuls from the garden. Lionel Gilbert’s (1912 – 2002) distilled and elegant world of objects slightly tumbling from the linen covered table combine cubism and abstraction. 

Juan Garcia-Nunez created a series of paintings called “Convergences 00:00” in an attempt to link images and ideas.  It is a controlled haphazardness of tossing fragments of magazine images into the air and letting them fall onto a table and painting the “stilled” composition they create.

Craig Johns trained as an abstractionist in Europe and at the Hans Hoffman School in Provincetown, MA, but his later work tends toward total naturalism.  The still life paintings are about “the pure line” and true color that is almost photographic, against the warm grey and ochre backgrounds.

Judith Wyer has shown her figurative paintings at Carrie Haddad Gallery many times and her new still life work included in this show is quite inventive. Wyer’s small pieces are meant to sit on a shelf or desktop and can be turned around to expose a second still life work on the other side.

 

Nick Patten’s work is elegant and somber. One of the paintings in the exhibit, “Silver Still Life with Blue” is a serene composition of glassware, linens and stacked plates on a dining table with cool color to further define the mood of stillness.

 

Showing concurrently, at Carrie Haddad Gallery is an anxiously awaited return visit from painter Mark Beard and his invented persona of Bruce Sargeant and His Circle.  All new paintings will be on display from several of the Circle.   Of course, many of the paintings will be samples of the most popular of the five personalities, Bruce Sargeant.  Athletic young men rowing, climbing ropes, wrestling, and undressing, all seem to be part of a more romantic era from long ago.

The opening reception for both exhibits will take place on Saturday, December 18th from 6-8pm. Come meet the artists and have a glass of wine.

Carrie Haddad Gallery is located at 622 Warren Street in Hudson, NY.

Gallery hours are daily 11-5, closed Wednesday. You can call the gallery at (518) 828-1915 for directions or more information.  Or, see the show online at www.carriehaddadgallery.com.

Artists in this show

David Halliday


Purple Hydrangea, 2009

Teacups and Forks, 2009
 

Ann Getsinger


Night Slice, 2010

Stringbean, 2010

Orange in Winter, 2003

One Armed Bunny Horn Player, 2001

Matchbox Sunset, 2010
 

Carolou Kristofik


Crocks and China Blue and Yellow, 2010

Robins Egg Blue I, 2008

Crocks, Silver and Wood

Crocks, Black Vases and Wood

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Rubber Ducks V

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Craig Johns


White Flowers in Pewter Mug, 2010

Floral Arrangement, 2009

Lemons and Grapes, 2009

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Dale Payson


Three Tulips, 2010

Ceramics Still Life I, 2010

Pears , 2010

Eileen Murphy


Lobsta, 2010

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Untitled (Brushes), 2006-07

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Gothic Cobbler, 2010

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Juan Garcia-Nunez


Convergences 05:23:20:01, 2001

Convergences 09:23:20:00, 2001

Convergences 07:19:20:00, 2000

Convergences 0002, 2001
   

Judith Wyer


Spare Change no.1, 2010

Spare Change no.2, 2010

Blossom no.1, 2010

Blossom no.2, 2010

Ceramic no.1, 2010

Ceramic no.2, 2010

Coin no.1, 2010

Coin no.2, 2010

Swiss and US Currency no.1, 2010

Swiss and US Currency no.2, 2010

Bread and Water No.1, 2010

Bread and Water No.4, 2010

Magnolia No.2, 2010

Bowl of Money no.1, 2010

Bowl of Money no.2, 2010

Lionel Gilbert


Blue on the Side, c.1965

Green Still Life, c.1965-85

La Bota, 1974

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Still Life with Whites and Greys, c.1965-85

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Margaret Crenson


Boiled Eggs (Triptych), 2010

Fried Eggs (Triptych), 2010
 

Mark Beard


Three Hunters and a Horse, date unknown

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Athlete with Batons, date unknown

Athletes Wrestling I, date unknown

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Athletes, date unknown

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Athletes Wrestling II, date unknown

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Group of Athletes, date unknown

Workmen, 1925

15 Minutes of Shame, c.2000

Subliminal Art (Buy Art), 2008

MB005 (A & B), 1994

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MB 005 A & B, 2003

MB 007, 2005

Untitled (Bodybuilder), date unknown

La Chasse aux Cygnes, 1892

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Two Men Standing , date unknown

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Two Gymnasts, date unknown

Single Hunter, date unknown

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Young Wrestlers, 1938

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Pugilists, date unknown

Head of Youth

Untitled Figure, date unknown

Untitled (Man in Uniform), date unknown

MB 024A, 2008

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Man with Weight Bar, date unknown

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Nick Patten


Silver Still Life with Blue Cup, 2010

English Breakfast Tea, 2009

Sentinels, 2007-2010

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