On April 10th, we had our opening reception for the Grayson’s View exhibition. Personally, we loved the art, and knew it would be a smash, but we had no idea of the level of attention that we would receive. The gallery was filled at capacity for the extent of the night, the band played on, and the patrons stayed to discuss the art! We were pleased with the mix of interesting and important visitors from UMD professors, George Koch of artomatic, art collectors and gallery directors..
With tremendous excitement we watched patrons spend time with the work, discuss it, and then talk with the artists. There was real interaction with the work which is the way it should be!
View a video snapshot of the reception here:
In the pictorial below, check out this spectacular building shot as Grayson and I adjust the lighting and final touches before the opening. See the size of this work all perfectly laid out in a 500 square foot room! This show does have large art with individual pieces expanding beyond 5ft!
The lay out of the show is topnotch, and the first work I notice entering the space from the street is Felicia Glidden’s “Duet.” We really wanted to find a way to develop a transition between the main gallery room and the smaller studio gallery. While Caroline Battle’s work expanded between several movable walls which was a new approach for us, we needed something to bring the separate rooms together.
Timothy Thompson’s installation “Pariguayo” accomplished the task. Space transitions have been a difficult task and for the first time, this-site specific work has really allowed the 2 rooms to work well together! To the right, Audrey Sackner-Bernstein’s mixed media archival print / painting works light up our moveable walls, while Peter Gordon’s battle with obsolescent technology made us ask questions. The installations result in humor and serious future anxiety at the same time.
While curating the show, Grayson and I were talking about Peter’s work, and I couldn’t get Alexandra Zealand’s coffee filter works out of my head. So we invited her to join the show. There’s a connection between the repetitive material nature of their works. One filter or phone line isn’t enough. They hammer the idea in and create a new work out of old materials with a furious energy. As we move through this gallery process, I become more and more excited about site-specific work, and how they can change from space to space. Lexi’s work is a great example of that, since her filter works were created for her past exhibition at the Delaplaine in Fredrick, MD where they lived as wall installations. Here, we worked together to fly them with fishing line. During the show they would move and float with the air current.
Don’t let me stop here. Let’s take a look at Michael Booker’s work which is both a painting and site-specific as it’s drywall backing deteriorates and crumbles. The painting erodes and dies and it lives out it’s life from studio to gallery to gallery. I love work with a lifespan to it. I was simply blown away by Sarah Martin’s 6 ft square canvas work. Not only does the work, technique, and composition suit the work, it fits the space. It’s as if this painting was created to work with our gallery. A lucky collector needs to buy this work. We all know it’s difficult to sell large work, but this painting, “Untitled (circa 1973)” is worth the price tag. Buy it now, before it leaves the gallery!
And now, we walk into the studio! A smaller room, with impact and strong art. The first thing you see is Grayoson’s painting which is a result of his sculpture. Without talking to him you’d have no idea which was the working study. That is, which work came first, the painting or the sculpture, and while they were created in a very similar time frame, the painting developed from the sculpture. To me, they have many characteristics that scream self-portrait. There’s energy in Jeffery Martin’s work with the portrait of Salvador Dali.
We have to send our thanks to the amazing crowd who came to the show, enjoyed and experienced the art. Our space was filled with artists, educators, neighboring art dealers, and art lovers!
Grayson did a tremendous job curating this show.