One event on October 18, 2016 at 2:00am
Art exhibition featuring work by Stuart Country Day School faculty members Andrew Wilkinson, Deborah Land, and Phyllis Wright.
Opening reception Sunday, Oct. 16, 2 to 4 p.m.
Gallery talk Tuesday, Oct. 18, 1 to 2 p.m.
Gallery hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. when school is in session. Exhibition runs from Oct. 16 to Nov. 22.
Deborah Land is an award-winning photographer and artist whose work has been exhibited widely and is held in private and public collections. She has recently traveled to countries with the “Jeremiah Project”, making gifts of heirloom quality, portrait photographs to individuals and families in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Thailand who would not otherwise have access to such photographs. This current body of work reflects an examination of earlier
techniques of sandwich printing with two negatives in the wet darkroom, and rewinding film inside the camera to create double exposures. Unlike joining two disparate images, these images were taken within moments of each other and offer the viewer a fresh and personal view of the subject influenced by geographical as well as pictorial elements. Land received a bachelor of fine arts from Bennington College and a master of fine arts from Hunter College,
C.U.N.Y. She teaches Lower School art at Stuart, where she is also the gallery director. “Umbrella Factory, Thailand” reflects a recent trip to Chiangmai, Thailand in July, 2016. Her work can be viewed at www.deborahland.com.
This new work of Phyllis Wright is focused on color harmonies. There is no subject. Whatever the imagery that reveals itself is between the viewer and the painting. She did not intend to focus on an object of any kind. These are abstract works. Her favorite quote is from Tolkien’s Hobbit “All those who wander are not lost”. It reminds her that although she may not have a specific destination, she knows it when she gets there. Wright is very comfortable doodling with paint. It is a sort of automatic writing. She works with formal issues in art such as color, shape, line, movement and balance. She is a student of abstract expressionism, investigating concepts such as surface texture, spatial relationships, tension, movement, and color harmonies. Wright received her bachelor of fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University, and her master of fine arts from George Washington University . She lived in Baltimore for 20 years, teaching for a decade at the George Washington University. She returned to her hometown of Princeton in 2003, where she has been teaching art to middle and upper school students since 2007. She loves to travel, paint, make prints, take photos, and work en plein air with oil pastels. To learn more about Wright, visit www.phylliswrightart.com.
Andrew Wilkinson is formally trained in both fine art and media communications and combines both disciplines to create captivating reconstructions of everyday objects into works of art that challenge even the most devoted perception. Iconic cultural imagery is gently riled up to encourage a reevaluation of nostalgia and settled perceptions. Of his work, Wilkinson says, “The artist is the custodian of identifying what is current and exploiting the content into another accessible medium. I aim to constantly exploit the aspect of accessibility.” Wilkinson teaches photography and graphic design in the Upper School at Stuart. His work has been featured in galleries throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Arizona, as well as other venues overseas in Russia and Beijing. He has received national recognition, with reviews by the New York Times, Visual Arts Journal, Ad Busters, Trenton Times, Phoenix New Times, Bucks County Herald, Princeton Packet, US1 News, Town Topics, Princeton Magazine, The Inteligencier, and more. Visit www.arwilkinson.com for more information.