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Adirondack Abstractions: Paintings by Ellen Few Anderson & Alison Weld
September 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - October 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Ellen Few Anderson is an abstract artist living and painting in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York, retired from thirty years of teaching painting and art history.
BluSeed Studios announces a new exhibit “Adirondack Abstractions”: Paintings by Ellen Few Anderson & Alison Weld! Artists Ellen Few Anderson and Alison Weld will feature their abstract paintings which reflect the spirit, light and drama that inspires their compositions. There will be a meet the artists reception on Thursday September 20th from 5pm- 7pm. The exhibition will be on display through October 27th 2018. All are welcome to attend this free event! Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 1pm-5pm or by appointment.
Ellen Few Anderson: Although I’ve been living in Westport, N.Y. year-round only since 2006, my ancestors here go back to the 1840’s, and all my life I’ve been here for the summers. The abstract paintings in this series depict the essence of what I see from my house and studio. They represent the paring down of layers and the elimination of recognizable objects and distracting details, to leave what to me seems the clearest expression of the atmosphere, – in a structure of broad bands of color. The actual process of painting involves quickly applied layers of thick paint, sometimes leaving visible only a residual glow, sometimes more obvious streaks of color; very textured brushstrokes and sections of color that stretch from one side of the surface to the other, sometimes separated by edges of black non-color. Each painting appears to be a quick abstracted impression, a sort of non-verbal Haiku (“a brief Japanese poem expressing a single mood or emotion; a common sight experienced in a new way; using seasonal words and images…”). Added to these influences is my sense of the history of this place, Westport, New York, the home of my great-great-grandparents, who looked at these same views in the 1800’s, and later my great-grandparents and grandparents and more recently my mother who passed on to me her love of Westport, the lake and the Adirondacks, as we spent summer after summer here. Anderson attended the School of Design, North Carolina State University, receiving a Master of Visual Design, 1982 Phi Kappa Phi, attended Duke University, receiving her BA Art Studio/Art History (1969), attended Rome, Italy, Overseas International School of Rome (1959-1965), Japan (1952-55), Germany (1956-58), Malaysia (summers 1966, 1967). She had the good fortune of growing up the daughter of an art historian, (her mother), and a cultural attache’ in the US Embassy, and head of the Fulbright commission, (her father), which meant that her art education began before she was five, when her family moved to Japan; and most of her art influences came from Japan, Germany and Rome, long before she went to Duke University. After 30 years of teaching Painting and Art History, in Raleigh, NC, mostly at St Mary’s College, she retired to Westport, NY, to enjoy the luxury of being a full time painter. Seventy-four of her recent paintings (from 2008 to 2018) are now in private collections. She has exhibited extensively throughout her career, and most recently in the Adirondack region of New York.
Alison Weld: Artist statement Tonal Variation and Liminal series – The light of consciousness imbues these paintings from both the Liminal and the Tonal Variation series. The works reveal the self-consciousness of expressive mind and a consciousness of the natural world. Soulfulness is a constant throughout my different series but the Liminal series and the Tonal Variation series capture this quality very directly. The liminal series is about the light of a mind. The Liminal series results from the light I experience having a studio in a hayfield. They share the authority of light. They embody my belief that abstraction is visual philosophy. Both series embody my belief that a painting’s surface is a film of consciousness. My works are the visual equivalent of a symphony or bird call. They are thought made physical. They are thought made cerebral. They are emotion made visual. Yes, they embody my belief that abstraction is a passage of jazz. At this point they are pure paintings, without panels of fabric or painted artificial flowers. However, they speak of myself as a woman artist just as much as my Home Economics diptychs. Although conceived as part of a series, the paintings are individual works that respond to the light and the atmosphere observed from my studio in a hayfield in the Adirondack Park. In both series an atmosphere is evoked, an aura of spirituality. The landscape responded to metaphorically informs these works. I see the Liminal series as a metaphor for the light in a hayfield as well as the atmosphere of the mind. The titles suggest the receptivity of thought experienced as a film of consciousness exploring strata of being. Light and the time of light are the thoughts of this series. They are not literal responses to the hayfield. They provoke thought. I ask myself during the process of creation to achieve a spare soulful response to the light around. These paintings are the calls of a call and response to light landing on the earth with its subtle authority. These paintings share the authority of light. They share the authority of thought made physical and cerebral. Their palette is their language. The palette is limited to a few ethereal colors. My Tonal Variation series of assemblages of previously created works are autobiographical in that the elements were created at different times of my life. Weld received her BFA from Alfred University which include a year studying abroad at the Wolverhampton Polytechnic College of Art, and her MFA from the Chicago Institute of Art Weld has shown at both the Anita Shapolsky Gallery and the A.S. Art Foundation, the Everson Museum of Art, the Jersey City Museum, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, and many others.