BEHOLD THE MOON
Guild Hall Gallery
A Celebration of the Hammond Museum's 5oth Anniversary of the Moon Viewing Tradition, curated by Bibiana Huang Mathesis in the Guild Hall Gallery.
The Artists: Carla Goldberg, Chuck von Schmidt, Eda, Eleni Smolen, Elizabeth MacDonald, Harry White, Illse Schreiber-Noll, Karen Fitzgerald, Leslie Pelino, Lisa Breznak, Lori Robeau, Mimi Czajjka Graminski and Pam Smilow.
The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden celebrates its 50th anniversary of The Annual Moon Viewing Concert at the Hammond Museum (August 20th, 2016).
This well known tradition was started by the Museum's founder Natalie Hays Hammond in 1966. The elegant custom of eating, drinking, listening to music, and writing poetry while watching the moon, was practiced devotedly since the Tang Dynasty in China (618-906) and was continued in Japan during the middle of the Hein period (794-1192).
To commemorate this event, the Hammond Museum had asked Bibiana Huang Matheis to curate an art exhibit “Behold the Moon” as a modern art exhibit to honor an ancient tradition. Matheis had invited 13 well established artists from the Hudson Valley, Connecticut, Long Island and NY City to participate in this multimedia art show, including 8 site-specific installations.
The resulting art exhibit is a seamless flow of contemporary, contemplative visual poetry beholding the moon as a celebration from June 8th, to September 17th, 2016.
A Pursuit of Perspective
Exhibition - September 20th - November 11th, 2017
Guild Hall Gallery
The genesis of Gaudi Blue. I was always drawn to Antonio Gaudi’s work. The organic animal forms intrigued me. So when I visited Barcelona, I visited all of the typical Gaudi stops immediately.
First the Sagrada Familia church with its organic exterior and cold fearful interior. Then on to Casa Batllo, a masterpiece of craftsmanship and Casa Mila, with its mask faced chimneys.
After a few days of enjoying the rest of Barcelona, on our last day, we visited Park Guell, with its imposing iron gates and Gaudi’s home. I was interested in seeing the two structures that frame the entry gate. One was the gift shop, but the other was the gatekeepers home. As I entered the back stairs, I was absorbed by the walls of blue venetian plaster illuminated by a window on each landing.
These photographs are from my observations on the three stair landings: a few moments of color, form and Gaudi's structure on film.
I was excited to edit and print these images. When I was organizing them, I realized that even for myself, by observing the angle of light in the photographs, that it was difficult to remember the actual perspective of each photo.
When I set them up in a contact sheet for proper viewing, I created a relationships structure with the contact sheet grid. I continued to cut the contact sheet into various combinations until I achieved Grid #1. After that moment, these images and the grids started to take on a life of their own.
As visual images, the appeal is their ambiguity of space, through light and color inside a two-dimensional frame. As grids, the image combinations can be kaleidoscopic.
I’ve also created a “Game” grid, which allows an observer to create their own possibilties.
They were successfully used at Mary Colby’s studio, where the audience participation even created written poetry as part of an open amorphous grid.
“These images are no longer mine, they belong to the viewer.”