Gallery hours: Monday – Thursday 9-9, Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5 (Sept – May)
The Bruce S. Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Library invites the public to a reception for “Abstract Visions” on Saturday, May 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, with a talk by the artists at 5:30 pm. The show features the art of Pam Hochstetter, Joan Miller, and Merrill Steiger and will run from April 27 to June 15.
Pamela Hochstetter, a resident of Bridgewater, CT, is a full-time studio artist who earned a BS, summa cum laude, in Art & Education from Western Connecticut State University. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University as well. She was awarded a scholarship from Maryland College of Art & Design.
Pamela had five solo art shows from 2005 – 2012 and has exhibited in many group shows. Most of these shows featured 2D and mixed-media, bas-relief works. In the last two years she has begun returning to her love of 3D work in the form of fiberglass and resin sculptures which are featured on her website: www.pamelahochstetter.com .
Since 2001, Hochstetter has also facilitated both individuals and groups in Expressive Art techniques under the business name, “InnerArt.” The focus of the work/play is uncensored, self-expression through visual art.
She says, “It’s all about the process…There’s no place I’d rather be than in my studio…Manipulating materials feels more exhilarating than a ramped-up Zumba practice. Sometimes the resulting work looks like it too – vigorous, physical and energizing…No nasty treadmills required to increase my heart rate. Making art in this spontaneous way does that for me. My intention: To have the work vibrate with this pulse. Fully alive, no sedentary sitting on the sofa for this lot. Process, movement, energy…”
Joan Miller, a Westport resident, has had her work in many juried local shows, including the Westport Arts Center Solos Show and the Faber Biren National Color Show. It has also been published in an optical illusion book and several calendars.
She creates her geometric cut paper and collage art using Color Aid paper and an X-Acto knife. She says, “My work is influenced by many artists including Joseph Albers, M.C. Escher, and the op artists of the 1960s. I look at patterns everywhere, especially in textiles and in nature My interest in optical illusion dates in part from the years that I worked at the School of Optometry at University of California, Berkeley. I am intensely interested in optical art and I am driven to express it through my use of collage and color. The play of color creates the visual tension and dynamic movement of the pieces. The relationship of the colors in my pieces is subtle and challenging, even though the colors are intense. I create highly dimensional optical illusions using only paper. My recent work has been a series of impossible objects which look plausible, but cannot exist in our physical world.”
Merrill Steiger is a mid-career artist, living and working in New York City, and has exhibited extensively in both solo and group exhibitions at museums, university galleries, art fairs, and galleries nationwide. Her work is also housed in a number of public, private, and permanent collections, including the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum and Rutgers University. She received the Diane Alexander Memorial Award from the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, the Jack T. Stewart Memorial Award, and the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Awards from the New York Artist Equity Association.
Connecting with the art of an ancient culture and incorporating it into her own art has become a recurring theme in her work. She went to Mexico, Aboriginal Australia, Africa, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, the Himalayas, and Japan, where she lived for three years in the early 1980s. Steiger then spent the next ten years producing collages strongly influenced by Japanese origami. This act of making collages has since become an important part of creating the compositions for her paintings. In the early 1990s, Steiger painted a series of abstracted nudes, influenced by her personal interest in bodybuilding. An extended art meditation of the Kabbalah led to the Zen/Dot/Energy Series that reflect India’s tantric traditions of circles and chakras. Her series, Unseen Universes suggest a journey through the inner space of one’s own consciousness.
Of the current body of work, Worlds Collide, begun in 2009, Steiger says, “These paintings deal with both microscopic and cosmic imagery, as did my previous series, Unseen Universes. Now however, the range of individual anthropological references is more pronounced: ancient petroglyphs from the American Southwest, Zen rock gardens, statues of the Buddha, stained glass windows, mandalas, and many others. This sacred art pertaining to diverse cultures is combined with scientific imagery including magnified views of cells, geologic structures and stars. The title of the series Worlds Collide relates to the worlds of science and religion, and the paintings explore the nature of their relationship. The work asks whether there is an inevitable conflict between the two or if they actually are connected on a deeper level. Worlds Collide is informed by my belief that there is a cosmic energy permeating everything, whether it be a rock, an amoeba, or a galaxy. Each has a particular energy within them, and everything is one within the universe. I want these paintings to encourage a universal, cross-cultural understanding of how we all strive to understand our existence. I feel that the work expresses the ever-evolving interconnectedness of the universe and the progression of human consciousness”.
The Kershner Gallery is funded by the Friends of the Fairfield Library and by donations from individual and business sponsors. To become a sponsor of the gallery, contact Liz at 203-246-9065.
Click here for information about showing your work in our gallery(.pdf). Information pamphlets are also available at the circulation and reference desks at the library.