For immediate release:
Two solo exhibitions—Laura Kaufman: Borrowed Scenery
Mike Bayne: Paintings curated by Katherine Mulherin
September 9 through October 1, 2017
The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center, 23 Garrison’s Landing, Garrison, NY 10524
Contact: Becky Gordon, Exhibitions Coordinator email@example.com 845.424.3960
The unique work of two artists, Laura Kaufman and Mike Bayne, will open in The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center on September 9, 2017 with a reception that evening from 5 to 7pm.
Borrowed Scenery is Laura Kaufman’s first solo exhibition at Garrison Art Center. Known in Japanese landscape architecture as shakkei, the practice of incorporating the background view into the foreground was used by the artist in approaching the work for this exhibition. “It is a way of pulling life from afar closer, of collapsing and folding visible space,” Kaufman says. The installation will consist of sculpture and two-dimensional prints on paper and textiles created from physical weavings done by the artist. Inspired by her visits to religious and secular gardens in Kyoto, Japan, the artist creates a quiet domestic landscape. Simple patterns using weft and warp are interwoven throughout the gallery space to establish movement. Prints are created from these weavings using a gelatin plate, which is a soft surface that responds to physical rubbing done by hand or with a bamboo barren. Kaufman’s sculptures take on dual identities as both weavings and as domestic gardens using thick felt to stack, weave and loop to mimic the line of a landscape such as a hill’s slope or the shape of a hedge.
In 2012 Kaufman received an outdoor sculpture commission on Randall’s Island, NY as part of the First AIM Biennial and with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation. Awards and residencies include Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx, NY, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, and in 2008 Kaufman was named Museum Educator of the Year by the Connecticut Art Educators Association. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Outdoor New Yorker, and the New York Daily News. She received an MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI and a BA in Studio Art from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.
In the adjacent gallery Katharine Mulherin has curated a selection of paintings by Canadian artist Mike Bayne. These oil paintings, mostly of commonplace buildings, road signs, and snapshots of Middle American life, are reproduced through the artists lens resulting in predominantly postcard sized works. Bayne works in a similar tradition as the 16th century Dutch painter Vermeer and also references contemporary painters Robert Bechtle and Richard Estes. Bayne uses photographs he takes himself, copying exactly what he sees. The works in this show are painted from both high resolution and cellphone images. Bayne has always painted in color but a recent exploration using cellphone photos as source material allows the artist more play. Using different filters, particularly the “noir” filter where bright skies go dark, Bayne moves away from the pureness of painting exactly what he sees and is expanding into the act of painting what he sees in a photograph.
Mike Bayne received an MFA from Concordia University and a BAH and BFA from Queen’s University. He has worked with MULHERIN in Toronto and New York since 2004 and has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Vancouver, and Toronto. His work is in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Nerman Museum, The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Wieland Collection and numerous prestigious private collections around the world. Mike was the recipient of the Kingston Prize for Portraiture in 2011, and had his work in a solo presentation at The Armory Show, 2012 in New York.
The two exhibitions run through October 1, 2017. The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center are open Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 5pm. For more information about exhibitions and other programs please visit www.garrisonartcenter.org or call 845.424.3960.
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