Randall Smith's abstract geometric works are full of emotion. Some of the shapes follow stricter lines, while others are more amorphous. Smith paints with striking colors. He often shows the hand of the artist, with paint drips and gobs. He sometimes also makes use of text or symbols. Smith received his BFA from University of Central Florida in drawing, but always tries to push himself in new directions creatively. Currently, his mixed media works are made up of acrylic and oil paint, oil pastel and collaged imagery or photographs. The works are bold; they capture your attention. And while some might use the same colors, or have similar shapes, each is unique.
Matt Horner was a new artist at the Armonk Outdoor Art Show in 2012, and he wasted no time making an impression, taking home 1st Prize for Sculpture at the show. He joins us again from his hometown in Keene, New York. It is easy to see how Horner's work drew the eye of the jury: it has a primal nature to it. His sculptures can be soft, or sharp, or both, and they all have an organic brashness. Horner's works are bodily. They bring to mind claws, fangs, and early man's cave paintings. He works in muted tones and gets the stones he sculpts locally, from rivers and mountains. He draws his inspiration from his mountainous surroundings. His creation process starts with blocking the form on the stone, then sawing cuts, hand-chiseling the last unwanted parts, and finishes with grinding and polishing the surface. In addition to being an artist, he is a licensed rock/ice and fly fishing guide.
Robert Rodriguez Jr. Photography "Mt Beacon Sunset"
Robert Rodriguez Jr. shoots landscape photography in color and black and white. His landscapes are on a grand scale, encompassing a certain epicness of the natural world while also inspiring a peaceful feeling. He has a knack, like all good landscape photographers, for finding beautiful shapes and patterns, and knowing how to frame them just right. And for us New-York-nature-lovers, Rodriguez has an entire series dedicated to the Hudson Valley region as well as many featuring the Adirondacks. Not surprisingly, he is a native New Yorker. He travels around the country--and to Canada--to capture these breathtaking scenes, from Utah to Maine. While most of his work presents large-scale views, his "Naturescapes" series features intimate close-ups, zooming in on texture, shape, and color.
Christos Palios's panoramic photographs are otherwordly with their intense color and skewered perspective. But they are very much set in our real world, Palios captures both natural and manmade environments. He has an interest in emptiness--whether it is an empty Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore or abandoned boats in Greece, there is a lingering sense of human presence, sometimes in an exciting way, sometimes in a chilling way. This emptiness allows an emphasis on line, shape and pattern. To create his visions, Palios combines 300-500 individual images of the subject. He hopes to make something magnificent by mimicking the simple act of a person turning their head to take in the totality of a scene.
The scenes in Brian Eppley's paintings contain and exude a sense of peace, even the cityscapes. Eppley utilizes visible brush strokes to great affect, creating an accurate representation of our world while making us the viewer aware that they are interpretations full of a personal touch. The cityscapes seemed poised on the brink of possibility, as if the scene comes from a new arrival to the city drinking it in excited to start a new life. The country landscapes are a different sort of frozen moment: the one reaching out for an eternity. There's a bittersweet quality to the country beauty, though: this awareness that it doesn't last forever (or perhaps that the nature itself will continue on, year after year, but for any individual the time there will come to an end). When people are the subject, they are blurs, as if their essences are buzzing too excitedly to be captured in any one moment. Eppley paints on canvas or linen and works mostly from direct observation.
Lisa Burge's abstract oil paintings and monoprints are both moody and playful. Utilizing a wide array of colors (muted and vibrant), Burge presents a cacophony of shapes. Sometimes the shapes seem like creatures dancing alongside one another. For both the paintings and monoprints, Burge works to create a compelling texture. She is interested in how space is defined and observed on flat surfaces, and uses colors and texture to explore that starting point. No matter the work, the image is expressive. Burge calls the Southwest home, but also travels around the world, and takes inspiration from wherever she finds herself.
Tracy W. Hambley Mixed Media "Anatomy of a Baseball Fan" 10"x10"
Tracy W. Hambley's mixed media shadow boxes are a visual delight. Her work won first prize in Mixed Media at the 2012 Armonk Outdoor Art Show, and we're excited to have her back. The shadow boxes are handmade with foamcore and illustration board, and framed with hand-milled wood frames. It is no wonder the work has such vibrant personality. Colorful, creative and witty, there are many layers to discover within each box. Using her treasure chest of found and vintage objects (pencils, umbrellas, toy figurines and more) Hambley creates scenes often based on well-known phrases and idioms, such as "The Gift of Knowledge" or "Wish You Were Here". She puts a fresh twist on these known phrases and looking through her work there is a sense of home. Not necessarily home as a concrete place, but the feeling of comfort and awareness.
Armonk Outdoor Art Show features over 180 juried artists -- 25 percent are new to this year’s show -- displaying their creations in a broad spectrum of media: oils/acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, printmaking/drawing/pastels, sculpture, photography/digital art, wearable art, and fine crafts.
Lila Turjanski-Villard creates fluid sculptures of human figures. In natural colors (brown, beige, gold, silver) these long-limbed figures are both peaceful and haunting. Togetherness is a motif of Turjanski-Villard's work, as most sculptures feature two or more figures. There are no facial features here but they are very expressive as they engage in their dances. Interestingly, Turjanski-Villard has a degree in psychology, which surely contributes to the emotional feeling of her art. She is not only interested in interactions between figures but also between figures and space, so take note of the gaps that are between figures or the way curves jut into the emptiness that surrounds them. Turjanski-Villard began sculpting by studying clay in her native Argentina. Upon moving to the United States, she began exploring new materials, and now works with mixed media, including a metal armature and paper. Turjanski-Villard now resides in Yorktown Heights with her family. She is a new artist for the 2013 Armonk Outdoor Art Show and we are excited to welcome her.
Jane Labelle is a new artist at the 2013 Art Show, and she is coming all the way from Colorado to bring us her Cool Warm Hats. "Cool Warm Hats" is both the name of Labelle's line, as well as a description of what she makes! Her fleece hats in fun colors have a vintage look to them. Styles include pillbox, flapper, and beret. In addition to beautiful color combinations (bright colors are always nice to light up the winter dreariness), Labelle decorates some of her hats with extra detailing, such as buttons and fiber pins. Her hats come in three sizes, so they fit children as well as adults. The hats are made in New Hampshire of fleece from American mills. We are pleased to welcome Labelle to the Art Show, and look forward to our ears being a little bit warmer this winter.
James Polisky Printmaking "The Impossible Shadow Puppeteer"
James Polisky's silkscreen art is macabrely cute...or maybe it's cutely macabre. In one image, Polisky's works give the impression of an entire story. A jaunty use of line and muted colors make up these provocative scenes. Polisky makes frequent use of text, adding to the narrative feel. The subjects include humans and animals. The characters are sometimes sad, sometimes mad, sometimes desperate or disturbed. Occasionally, they even seem content. But there is always a sharp edge to even the peaceful or happy scenes of Polisky's art. Last year at the Art Show, Polisky's work won first prize in the Printmaking/Drawing/Pastel category, and he's back to convert new fans to his wicked and playful world.
James Carter paints trompe-l'œil boxes of wonder, featuring birds, books, furniture, musical instruments, and more. He has a sincere style, and a tongue-in-cheek humor. The animals are expressive, but never anthropomorphized. The colors are vibrant, but true to life. For his acrylics, Carter uses both airbrush and traditional brush work. He considers his work a "whimsical perspective on the familiar", and it does have a comforting pull. There are touches of surrealism, also, in Carter's paintings. Carter won third prize in Oils/Acrylics at the 2012 Armonk Outdoor Art Show, and we are excited to have him back again this year.
Denise Meyers Wood purses and jewelry boxes Friesen Handbag- 9"x7.5"
Denise Meyers's work will bring a smile to your face. Their geometric-shaped wood purses and jewelry boxes often feature animals. Leopards, zebras, horses, and even penguins make an appearance. And then the interiors are lined to match: a leopard print lining for the leopard bags, zebra print for the zebra bags, and so on. Each work is handmade and one of a kind, using birch wood as the surface. The handles are handbeaded. The paintings are done in acrylic. The colors are vibrant and Meyers utilizes a realistic style for the paintings. While animals are the predominant subject matter for Meyers, they are not all she paints. Meyers is a new artist for the 2013 Armonk Outdoor Art Show and we are pleased to welcome her.