Photographer Suspends Disbelief

by Brian Slattery | Feb 14, 2018 8:12 am

Joy BushAt 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?

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Art Quivers From Cupid’s Arrow

by Brian Slattery | Feb 7, 2018 8:52 am

Laura MarshThe 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.

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At Ely Center, The Art Is Only Natural

by Brian Slattery | Jan 25, 2018 8:51 am

Lili ChinIt’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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“Resident X” Takes The Art Out Of The Studio

by Brian Slattery | Jan 18, 2018 8:38 am | Comments (1)

Katie JurkiewiczSay 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?

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War And Renewal Explored In “Aftermath”

by David Sepulveda | Jan 17, 2018 8:40 am

DAVID SEPULVEDA PHOTOIn “Aftermath,” a new exhibition at Fred Giampietro Gallery, a painter’s passion is on full display in the conflict images of New Haven artist John Keefer, whose work is being shown with the sculptural creations of artist Kurt Steger — found object-construction hybrids that bear compelling messages in content and in their physical composition.

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Artspace Exhibit Has A Sharp Edge

by Brian Slattery | Jan 15, 2018 8:20 am

Julie PereiraAt first glance it looks like the paper is still on fire. But it’s just how it was made. To make Floating Wall #1, artist Julie Pereira made layers upon layers of dyed paper, then burned them with incense. The resulting pattern on the paper looks like frozen smoke, like underwater photography, like clouds.

The piece is a fitting formal introduction to “Between Beauty and Decay” — now on view at Artspace on the corner of Crown and Orange until Feb. 24 — as Pereira’s piece seems to capture the exact moment in the exhibition’s title.

But there’s more.

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