Visual Arts

Windows On A Shameful Past

by Kica Matos | Jul 25, 2016 12:11 pm | Comments (9)

Twenty-seven shards of glass: That is what remains of a stained-glass pane at Calhoun College depicting slaves picking cotton after Corey Menafee, an African American employee at Yale University, knocked it down with a broomstick. Mr. Menafee explained his act with great clarity, stating that “… I don’t know, something inside me said, you know, that thing has to come down … It was a picture that just — you know, as soon as you look at it, it just hurts.”

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“Shuffle & Shake” Dances With Time

by Allan Appel | Jul 21, 2016 7:44 am

Allan Appel Photo This Dr. Seussian hat is not in “Shuffle & Shake,” the playful new show that combines painting, photography, mixed media, and a literary installation at the Arts Council’s Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery on Audubon Street.

Yet all the nine artists in the show owe the lucky hat a debt of gratitude as their names, written on small slips of white paper, were randomly chosen out of more than 600 fellow members of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.

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Vision, Cash, Volunteerism Power Westville’s New Public Art

by David Sepulveda | Jul 7, 2016 8:33 am | Comments (4)

DAVID SEPULVEDA PHOTO A group of children skip along the image of an elongated, reclining figure, as if swept up by a magical energy field. The process of discovery leads them past swirling lines trailing from mandala-like starbursts, part of the internal galaxy that animates “Marielle” — as in, the light of Marielle, a new mural and the latest installation in a series of recent public art works commissioned by Westville Village Renaissance Alliance (WVRA).

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Art Adds Spice To Soup

by Allan Appel | Jun 30, 2016 7:50 am

Artist Photo In chain-store Singapore, where she had been teaching for a year, Jessica Hanser dearly missed being able to go to independent local coffee shops where she could hang out and enjoy not only the culinary fare, but also the local artists the small businesses helped to support.

On her first day back and out and about in New Haven, Hanser thus hit the jackpot at Atticus Bookstore and Cafe on Chapel Street.

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Meg Bloom Doesn’t Have The Answers, Just The Art

by Allan Appel | Jun 24, 2016 7:00 am | Comments (1)

Allan Appel Photo It may be a haunted glade in a liminal forest. It may be the patterns of the universe. It may be the Grim Reaper and friends doing the hokey pokey, or the gossamer traces of a coven of witches. Or an old folks’ home for decaying lumps of cotton candy or wasps’ nest. Or it may be just what it is — artistically arranged soaked, cooked, and stretched fibers of the Thai kozo or mulberry tree.

Whatever it is, Meg Bloom is not about to tell you

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Art By Paula, Just Hold The Coffee Grounds

by Allan Appel | Jun 23, 2016 6:51 am

Allan Appel Photo Paula Konareski likes to make her walls beautiful with art for her customers. And only once, years ago, did she exercise a little censorship: when the photos on the wall displayed drains clogged with food scraps and gobs of discarded coffee grounds.

You can’t really blame her.

The walls in question are at Cafe George by Paula. It’s an eatery beloved and well patronized, and a bit of a hidden treasure at 300 George St.

For 14 years Konareski, as owner and eclectic curator, has offered the space free of charge to budding and accomplished artists to display their work during the busy breakfast and lunch times, and reap 100 percent of the profits from sales.

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Pictures Meet Sound

by Brian Slattery | Jun 21, 2016 7:16 am

Courtesy Artspace There’s a green box, flattened, framed, and hanging on the wall. Next to it is an enormous wad of crumpled yellow paper, also flattened and framed. Not far away, another flattened box has the word India printed on it.

What is the intention of the artist? How do I, who know little about visual art, begin to approach it?

From an audio speaker nearby, Laurie Anderson’s unlikely 1982 hit “O Superman” starts. And suddenly it’s as though some conceptual and emotional door has opened to Linda Lindroth’s art — whose works these are — and I walk through it.

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Corsair Propels Local Artists

by David Sepulveda | Jun 16, 2016 7:42 am | Comments (6)

DAVID SEPULVEDA PHOTO Proclaiming that “this isn’t just another project,” Andy Montelli, Post Road Residential founder and developer of Corsair, a new luxury residential complex at 1050 State St., has not only embraced a slice of New Haven manufacturing history in the project’s creation, but commissioned some of New Haven’s best-known artists and artisans for site-specific installations at Corsair that highlight local manufacturing and the spirit of a people building a nation.

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