Manifest Creative Research Gallery presents TALES TOLD | REGIONAL SHOWCASE | Nathan Sullivan | Gaela Erwin
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Nathan Sullivan (Jaffrey, NH), Form Series #20, 2008
Medium: oil on panel
40 x 29"
main gallery + drawing room
Story in Art
Before books, before photography and video, before blogs, there was the story. Art certainly shared its infancy in prehistory with narrative storytelling, one giving form to the other. Over time they entwined, merging, melding, reforming into a few streams of expression. Today it often seems that one, visual arts, has become a cast-off eddy of uncertainty, while its two sister streams, music and theater/film, enjoy rampant success flourishing storytelling in the fertile grounds of technology and consumer society. However, visual art is not the withered limb it may sometimes appear. Lest we forget, design and illustration (the so called 'commercial' aspects) thrive alongside the performing arts. But even in Fine Art, that narrow range of the full spectrum of visual arts, story is alive and well. One could even say that all art is about telling a story. In that way, art carries the quietest, yet perhaps most potent, and hardest to extract story of them all.
Tales Told walks you through the gallery, inviting you to unfold a story piece by piece, connecting the threads of a narrative. Each visitor to the exhibit is left to decide how the parts come together; how the tale is told.
For this exhibit 249 artists from 35 states and 17 countries submitted 601 works for consideration. Twenty-two works by the following 17 artists from 12 states and the country of Turkey were selected for presentation in the gallery and Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.
St. Louis, Missouri
James Russell May
Joseph A. Miller
Buffalo, New York
Theresa Wall Duggan
PHOTOGRAPHY from Ohio & Kentucky
In 9 seasons Manifest's projects have included works by artists in 49 states and 37 countries. Starting with its 10th season, and as a result of its recent gallery expansion by 66%, Manifest is launching a new ongoing series of exhibits focusing on works by artists living in its own three-state region.
This is intended to complement the ordinarily very wide geographical makeup of most Manifest exhibits with a closer look at what's being done here, now, in our own backyard.
Manifest was founded, and continues to be operated by regional artists, so it is only fitting that, with more space in which to program, the organization should offer the Regional Showcase series. We feel this is important for the artists and the public living within reasonable driving distance of the gallery. It will give each a chance to show and share, and to gain perspective on our region's creative wealth as it relates to the broader art world.
For this second in the series, which will change in theme and scope from show to show, we opted to survey the region for works of photography.
Manifest's several-member blind jury process reviewed 295 works by 100 artists. Eleven works by the following 9 artists were selected for exhibition and will also be featured in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA) at the close of the season.
Presenting works by:
Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Claire & Stephen Brewer
Bowling Green, Ohio
Bowling Green, Ohio
SELECTIONS FROM THE FORM SERIES
Paintings by Nathan Sullivan
This solo exhibition of seven of Nathan Sullivan's paintings is one of six selected from among 165 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest's tenth season.
We are happy to share Nathan Sullivan's paintings in a solo presentation. His paintings evoke a sense of a microscopic universe populated by ordinary and familiar organic objects seemingly suspended in a state of playing out an important biological epic. The exhibit puts the gallery visitor in the midst of this drama, implicating them in the event, or making them the subject of these paintings' attention.
Of his work Sullivan states:
"In choosing my subject I am searching for the unspectacular. Content can be found in the mundane, meaning contained in the smallest thing, and poetry in the simplest moment. My practice is bound in phenomenology. The work is an act of ingestion and investigation, an embodiment of these acts of consciousness. My focus is directed at the experience with the natural world–its space, time and physicality. My works are drawn and painted to present and reflect upon the prosaic rectitude of the ordinary in order to bring attention to the ignored, the forgotten, and the unseen. It is the microcosms that are entries to greater understandings."
Nathan Sullivan was born in Pittsfield, Massachuetts in 1978. He received his Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2000 and a Masters in Fine Art from Syracuse University in 2005. His work has been shown in exhibition both nationally and internationally. His Form Series has been exhibited in solo shows at Edinboro University, Furman University and South Oregon University. His landscape work was exhibited at University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri in a two-person exhibition. His work is in the collection of Purdue University, Syracuse University and in numerous private collections. He has taught drawing, painting and printmaking at Syracuse University, SUNY Oswego, University of Montana, University of Missouri and Franklin Pierce University. He currently lives and works in southern New Hampshire.
Sullivan's paintings are also included in Manifest's International Painting Annuals 1, 2, and 3.
by Gaela Erwin
This solo exhibition of nine of Gaela Erwin's pastels is one of six selected from among 165 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest's tenth season.
Manifest is proud to showcase an intimate look at this veteran artists's recent work. Erwin uses pastels or oil paints to create searing self-portraits and paintings of family members in a style that have origins in seventeenth century portrait paintings. Most recently, her paintings have explored the link between herself and her mother of an advanced age. Other bodies of work have examined self-portraiture through the guise and lore of saints. Erwin examines her subject with an acute psychological focus that is at once contemporary and, at times, startling.
Of her work Erwin states:
"My paintings, in pastel on Wallis museum grade paper, have twin goals of celebrating realism and re-invigorating portraiture. After fifteen years of self-portraiture, I am able to expand my boundaries to include family members, thanks to the use of photography. With this medium, I am able to capture images of far-flung relatives that allow me to pictorially explore classic family dynamics. The resulting compositions can be, at once, alluring and disturbing. The mother/daughter, and sibling relationships inspire paintings that potentially mine the universal complexities of family interactions. "
Gaela Erwin has lived and worked primarily in the Mid-West and Southeast United States. She received her BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1973 and received her MA from the University of Louisville in 1983. In the summer of 1988 she studied with Robert Beauchamp through the Studio Art School of the Aegean in Samos, Greece. In 1989, Erwin studied with Jack Beal at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Currently she has a studio in Louisville, Kentucky.
Erwin has been the recipient of numerous awards, fellowship and artist’s residencies. Grants, to name only a few, include several awards from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Al Smith Fellowship and the Artist’s Fellowship Inc. Residency fellowships include Yaddo, Mac Dowell, Virginia Center for the Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts and Obërfalzer Künstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany and The Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annaghmakerrig, County Monoghan, Ireland. She received the prestigious residency award from the Camargo Foundation where she was artist–in-residence in Cassis, France. Erwin was the winner of a commendation award from the National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever National Portrait competition in 2009. She was awarded a travel grant to study the work of Caravaggio in Rome Italy from the Italian Cultural Institute in 2011.
Gaela Erwin has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally including at the Lexington Art League, Arkansas State University, the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and the University of Kentucky Art Museum in Lexington, Kentucky and the Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences in Evansville, Indiana, the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama, the Ogunquit Museum of Art in Ogunquit, Maine and the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Her work is also on display in various corporate collections as well as private collections in the U.S., Canada and Germany.
Her work is also included in Manifest's forthcoming International Drawing Annual 8 (INDA 8).
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