by Michelle Liu | Mar 21, 2018 1:47 pm | Comments (27)
Sam Sigg dumped the contents of a bag onto a table, revealing a year’s worth of used pipes, syringes and other drug paraphernalia that he’d collected around the Trinity Church on the Green.
This, he told a room full of neighbors filling a City Hall conference room, was a visual presentation of the New Haven Green.
Continue reading ‘2 Visions Of Green Collide’
by Brian Slattery | Mar 20, 2018 8:06 am
A boy frozen in time, submerged after a jump into dark water as if in mid-flight. A short history of an ancestor, and how the magic left the family. A corroded Lady Justice standing on top of the world.
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by Emily A. Gordon | Mar 15, 2018 1:31 pm
“Every artist deserves to be seen,” said Luciana McClure at the opening of the group show “Silence Breakers” at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art on International Women’s Day, curated by McClure, co-founder of Nasty Women Connecticut. Most of the artworks in the exhibition — 150 in all — were made by women.
Continue reading ‘A House Of Rooms Of Her Own’
by Brian Slattery | Mar 8, 2018 9:23 am
A fungus floats on a flat black background. Below it are a ball and an infinite loop of yarn. How are they connected?
Continue reading ‘“Ark/Hive” Marries Heaven And Hell’
by David Sepulveda | Feb 23, 2018 4:05 pm
Career High School student and New Haven Arts and Ideas fellow Taryn Joseph could not have been more animated and excited to share her reaction to a “painful” painting with its creator, artist Rhinold Ponder.
Continue reading ‘Art Exhibit Confronts The N-Word’
by Allan Appel | Feb 15, 2018 4:28 pm | Comments (6)
Chika Okoli called for an Uber — and ended up riding to Union Station in an art gallery on wheels.
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by Brian Slattery | Feb 14, 2018 8:12 am
At first glance, maybe it’s an island on a clear day, reflected in still water. But then you see that no water is that still. The line between the halves is a little too sharp. Then you see that the bottom half isn’t the same as the top half. They’re not halves at all. It’s a land mass floating in midair.
The image is arresting, stunning, fascinating. What is going on?
Continue reading ‘Photographer Suspends Disbelief’
by Brian Slattery | Feb 7, 2018 8:52 am
The lips are just graphite on paper, but maybe because of the cigarette dangling from between them, they convey a sense of iconic allure and danger. You want to draw the rest of the face. Maybe it’s a classic dame from a film noir movie. But maybe it’s nothing so stylized as that, just a woman on her lunch break, or waiting for the bus. Or maybe she’s sneaking a smoke after dinner. Whatever it is, neither the allure nor the danger can be shaken.
That kind of forthrightness — and ambiguity — permeate “Lovestruck,” an art exhibition up on the walls of mActivity on Nicoll Street from now until Feb. 28.
Continue reading ‘Art Quivers From Cupid’s Arrow’
by Brian Slattery | Jan 25, 2018 8:51 am
It’s rocks and trees. But the rocks are defying gravity, the trees are an illusion.
That the trees are just a projection is clear enough. But look closer, and the rocks, which convey so much weight, are actually made from muslin and cheesecloth, wire and glue.
You knew already that the rocks couldn’t actually be rocks. But seeing how it’s done only adds to the intrigue, that the artist — Lili Chin — could make an object so convincing, and then go out of her way to point out that it isn’t real.
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by Brian Slattery | Jan 18, 2018 8:38 am | Comments (1)
Say you’re in a conference call and you start doodling on the piece of paper in front of you. Say you cover the whole thing with doodles, and start doing that during every conference call.
Or say you’re a commuter at a bus stop and something — a soda can and a plastic bag arranged just so — catches your eye. You take a picture of it with your phone. Say you do this every day. Are you an artist?
Continue reading ‘“Resident X” Takes The Art Out Of The Studio’