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Kathryn Markel Fine Arts Opens In Bridgehampton

Originally Posted: June 03, 2010

Artwork by Allison Stewart on view at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Bridgehampton. (Markel)

Bridgehampton - Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, established in New York City since 1975, has opened a satellite gallery on Main Street in Bridgehampton (2418 Montauk Highway, 631-613-6386), which will be opened daily in the summer from 11 a.m to 6 p.m.

Her initial exhibition will be "Introductions," and will include works by eight gallery artists, including Lisa Breslow, Peter Bynum, Dan Gualdoni, Julian Jackson, Peter Hoffer, Sara MacCulloch, Arden Scott, and Allison Stewart.

Artwork by Julian Jackson.

About The Artists
Lisa Breslow's paintings of Central Park at night combine nature and the man-made. The urban geometry of the city holds its own with the natural forms of the park as architectural masses rise mysteriously out of the atmosphere. Her New York cityscapes are also filled with a romantic, light-filled atmosphere but at the same time revel in the raw energy of the city and reaffirm the city's connection with nature. She has exhibited extensively in the New York area and is currently in an exhibition at the Heckscher Museum in Long Island.

Peter Bynum paints acrylic on layers of tempered safety glass and uses a unique LED back lighting system to create a dramatic mixture of paint and illumination. The backlighting halos from the painting's edges to create a glowing space of curvilinear lines. The result evokes multiple organic associations of coral or branches, or nerves. Bynum says that he's always wanted to be able to paint on layers of air, and, with the new technology of LED lighting - he is approaching his goal. Bynum is new to the gallery. He lives and works in Cold Spring, New York, has exhibited throughout New York, and is in the collection of Richard Extract.

Dan Gualdoni paints the mood and atmosphere of a remembered place. His glowing surfaces, which are created with polymer glue and printer's ink, remind one of old photographs that give a vague, atmospheric sense of place. The palette is monochromatic with a soft matte luster. The many layers refracting light, and the shadows and subtle saturations turn into stark almost primordial landscapes. These pieces are from a series entitled Fata Morgana - a term for the optical illusions created by patches of warm or cold air that come between viewer and objects and also an Italian term meaning mirage. Gualdoni lives and works in St. Louis. He exhibits extensively throughout the United States and is included in many prominent collections.

Artwork by Lisa Breslow.

Peter Hoffer's paintings are inspired by the history of landscape painting. He begins his process by distressing bare wood panels. He paints quickly, minimally and expressionistically to capture what he imagines from memory. Scrapes and gouges worked into the wood show through the over-painting to create a weathered effect. Hoffer then pours resin over the work, contrasting the obvious rough hewn quality with the polished industrial resin surface. The artist refers to the resin as a "distancing factor," a barrier between viewer and painting much like viewing a landscape through a car window. Hoffer's work is in the collections of the Musée des Bauxs Arts in Montréal, Musée Du Québec in Québec City, the Royal Bank of Canada, Cirque du Soleil, and ING New York.

Julian Jackson's paintings create a sense of urban energy through the use of softly focused, brilliantly colored rectangular shapes. These forms move back and forth and create a space both meditative and active. Jackson says he wants his paintings "to suggest experience rather than define it, where engagement is, in a sense, physical and one enters the painting as one might enter a forest or take the first step on a path." Jackson lives and works in Brooklyn. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe and is included in many major collections.

Artwork by Sara MacCulloch.

Sara MacCulloch works in the wet, and after watercolor and graphite studies are done, the paintings are completed in a single block of time. The artist's brush strokes seem at once laconic and buttery; molding the sentiment of a place from a few wet strokes. This process brings a rough hewn earnestness to the work that relies on a deft hand and well trained instincts, but the craft is not flaunted. The viewer does not dawdle long with technique before slipping into the emotional lull of color, paint and form. Her quiet landscapes pack a painterly, abstract, punch; pushing the paint to be as descriptive as possible with less instead of more. Stripped to the bare bones, the artist's landscapes are at once raw, calm and dynamic. MacCulloch lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She exhibits extensively throughout Canada in Halifax, Toronto and Edmonton.

Arden Scott's subject matter is sailing vessels. Over the years, she's used every possible material - from cloth and mud to steel and sticks to create sculptures that allude to the dazzling variety of vessels humans have used over the millennia. Sometimes spare and minimal, sometimes evoking historic barques or junks, sometimes jaunty, each sculpture emphasizes a different aspect of the vessel and it's associations - a lack of control in the face of nature, the feel of the wind, a stately progression from one place or state to another, constant change and activity of wind and water as well as it's serenity. Scott lives and works in Greenport. Her work is in many private and public collections and she is the recipient of a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Award.

Allison Stewart, a trained biologist, evokes the verdant yet endangered swampy south of Louisiana with a biologist's sensibility and an abstract-expressionistic style. She investigates issues of beauty and loss, time and transformation; through a combination of charcoal, pigment dispersions, glazes and varnishes, Stewart builds layers to record a floating world of vanishing landscapes. Allison Stewart holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana and her work is included in many public, corporate and private art collections including New Orleans Museum of Art, Pensacola Museum of Art, Tulane University and Chase Manhattan bank.

Updated: June 3, 2010, 4:07 pm
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