Monday, July 19, 2010

Vernissages | Hudson, July 17: Carrie Haddad Photography, Damiani and BCB Art

A lively evening, strolling in the Warren Street art galleries of Hudson ---blessed as usual by the sunset light which contributed to the fame of the Hudson School of Paintings.

Sun setting in Warren Street

Art Strolling: Enid Futterman and John Isaacs, editors and publishers of the quaterly magazine Our Town

A remarkable exhibition of photography ---mixed with other media and processes-- at Carried Haddad Photography. The exhibition of works by David Seiler and Cuban photographer Adrian Fernandez is on view from July 15 to August 15, 2010.
"David Seiler works in sepia tones and dusty grays, instilling a nostalgia in his photographs, most of which are portraits of one kind or another. The vintage quality that this color palette evokes suggests these photographs were excavated from someone's personal archives, transported from private to public view for the first time... Movement and fixity, life and death are in tension, imparting a spectral air to these works."
Six vibrant still lifes by Adrian Fernandez, part of a series entitled To Be or To Pretend, provide a complement to Seiler’s sepia tones. Just as Seiler’s photographs exhibit pseudo-wear and tear to belie their modernity, Fernandez’ works feign false identities: after sustained attention, one becomes aware that the blossoms are fake, lifeless. The artificiality in each of these photographs adds dimension to these works, lending them an element of irony and play.

Carrie Haddad and her artists

Nancy Goldring combines vision and revision in drawing, photography and projected images to create pictures and installations.

Margaret Saliske, a sculptural artist who uses digital photography as a primary element in her work, presented a new series titled, “Photo Deconstructions.”

Another remarkable photography exhibition at Damiani Gallery: former dancer and dance photographer Roy Volkmann explores the beauty in the human body and movement in the almost sculptural plasticity captured by his photographic portraits..

Enid Futterman conversing with Roy Volkmann

At BCB Art "using historical references and subtle, humorous, graphic symbols Scott Reynolds examines America’s current political, economic and cultural wars in his latest drawings. He employs an economical and iconographic language along with ideas of social commentary (similar to those found in his sculpture) to explore the fragmented conditions that substitute for a current American ethos."