The Art Association of Oswego announces the opening of a new exhibition called Four Degrees of Separation featuring the artwork of Paul Garland, Nick D’Innocenzo, Sewall Oertling and Thomas Seawell. The exhibition will open with a reception for the artists on Saturday, May 31st, from 6-9 pm at the Oswego Civic Arts Center. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
The exhibition, as the title suggests, includes the work of four artists who experience reality from slightly different perspectives.
For his miniature serigraph series “The Artists Doors Project”, Thomas Seawell of Commerce, Texas begins by observing and photographing the homes of various visual artists, musicians and writers–from Mozart to Pollack. He then uses mild abstraction and a clever juxtaposition of elements to express the unique qualities of the composer, painter or poet represented by each particular door.
The next degree of separation involves the work of Nick D’Innocenzo of Oswego. While his digital paintings appear to be photographic, they are, in fact, products of his imagination. They exist nowhere but electronically. They are observed through archival Giclee prints, such as those from his dramatic “Nightlights” series.
In the large landscape paintings by Sewall Oertling of Sterling, we experience a still greater degree of removal from physical reality, Oertling, who spent his career teaching Chinese and Japanese Art, creates luminous and airy watercolors that frequently ignore principles of western perspective as they poetically capture the spirit and beauty of local topography.
In the final stage of this progression away from the literal, Paul Garland of Fair Haven combines acrylic paint, collage and layered construction to create compositions that are rich in surface and totally abstract. Viewers seem to respond to the color and innovative mark-making in Garland’s work, not for what they represent, but for what they are.
Two videos were made in conjunction with the show. A short video will be played continuously during the opening of the exhibition. A longer version will be played in conjunction with a gallery talk by the artists in early June. The exact date and time of the talk will be announced.
Regular gallery hours at the Oswego Civic Arts Center are from 2-5 pm on weekends. The exhibition is also open for viewing during any scheduled art classes or theater performances or by appointment. Group tours are encouraged. For further information please visit the Art Association of Oswego online or call 315 343-5675.