Visual Arts

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

by Allan Appel | Jun 24, 2016 7:00 am

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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Refugee Art Inspires, And Shakes You Up

by Allan Appel | Jun 15, 2016 7:30 am

Allan Appel Photo Ridha Ali Ahmed travels light.

His suitcase contains only an always-sharp pencil for the endless forms to be filled out, a demure but sturdy heart locket full of love, and a long-stemmed rose. The valise is only about two by three inches, is open to the air on both sides, and has a black handle almost too tiny to see or even grasp.

Yet this “Refugee Suitcase,” and creative work like it, have enabled its creator — a member of the persecuted Turkmen minority in Iraq — to travel very far, eventually settle in New Haven, become a U.S. citizen, and, most importantly, stay sane through the healing powers of art.

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Photographers Home In On Home

by Allan Appel | Jun 9, 2016 7:00 am

Photographer Marjorie Gillette Wolfe wanted to study the personality of a mobile home when it wasn’t mobile any more, and instead just hanging around at the owner’s stationary home.

Another photographer, Mark K. St. Mary, wanted to know if he photographed differently when away from home — that is, with the wider, discovering eyes of a traveler. Or with eyes challenged to overcome the more familiar if working at home.

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