Now and Then; Here and There
Andrew Tavarelli: Floating Worlds & Katherine D. Crone: Boxed Memory
Boston—September 17th—2007 GAC Contemporary is pleased to bring you two concurrent solo exhibitions by artists Andrew Tavarelli and Katherine D. Crone.
Peripatetic by nature, Andrew Tavarelli's work is linked to his global travels and his fascination with foreign lands and cultures. In his current Floating Worlds series, Tavarelli creates an unexpected meeting place for two pop art forms belonging to different cultures and eras: ukiyo-e woodblock prints of 18th and 19th century Japan and Art Deco designs of 20th century Europe and America. Both idealized art forms promoted attitudes and life styles deemed desirable and sophisticated and were saturated with social politics. On his canvas, Tavarelli also seamlessly mixed in imagery from medieval heraldry, Mexican street signs, and Spanish Civil War and Cuban travel posters to create bedazzling visual wonders. Through these powerful images, Tavarelli celebrates and questions the ideas of beauty and masculinity, explores the complexity of gender and social relations in our time, contrast the eastern and western ideals and, above all, pursues his own ideas of visual power and beauty. In his words: "I believe that, in our attempts to make sense of things that are not of our culture, we are forced to look more deeply into our own and into ourselves. Our appreciation for the new and different refreshes our view of the familiar and opens up avenues for exploration."
New York artist Katherine D. Crone creates 3D works that are abstract visual journals. Her approach combines digital photography, the art of book-binding and fiber sculpturing together to capture a fleeting moment in life. The ephemeral images are preserved in book forms and rendered in photographs with a sculptural dimension. Her subject matter is quotidian: light and shadows, water and reflections, architectural detail and panoramic landscapes, images found in her native Long Island and places she encountered during her travels in Japan. Influenced by her academic training in fiber art at Yale, a vigorous Bauhaus design philosophy, and her strong interest in Japanese art, Katherine’s work is minimal and modern, yet it possess a quality that is nostalgic, meditative and transcending. In her word: "Even though each piece may have a personal "back story" for me, the viewer's reaction is what validates my intent."
The exhibition will on view in Gallery Anthony Curtis from October 10th to November 3rd with artists’ reception on October 12, 5-8pm.
View Andrew Tavarelli's Paintings
View Katherine D. Crone's Sculptures