The Opposite of Concrete: An exhibition of abstract painting and photography

This exhibition featured 5 different approaches to making abstract imagery through painting and photography by Carl Chiarenza,
Karen Sardisco, Sarah Sutton, Patricia Wilder, and Bradley Butler (gallery director at Main Street Arts).

 

Artists featured in this exhibition included two photographers
and three painters from the Rochester and upstate NY area.

 

Limited edition exhibition posters featuring images from the exhibition may be purchased in the Main Street Arts Online Gallery Shop. Each poster is signed by the artist and embossed with the gallery logo.

 

Exhibition Dates: September 6–November 1, 2014

 

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m.

 

 



ARTIST STATEMENTS

Tenaya, 259/220

Carl Chiarenza
Photographer, Rochester, NY

 

"The word “representation,” for me, is about photography’s way of transforming things, as opposed
to the idea of photography’s way
of reproducing or tracing the supposed reality of things.
Akin to poetry and prose, a photograph may be equally
used to represent the mysterious
or invisible. The images are transformations which refer to
and represent visual sensations which I know only from a mix
of past encounters with other pictures, music, the world,
dreams, and fantasies."

See some of Carl's work on his website: www.carlchiarenza.com

Karen Sardisco
Painter, Rochester, NY

 

"Much of my work examines memory and looks back
at recollections that are
now incomplete. The vague reconsiderations paint pictures
that come and go. The process
of sorting and sifting aid in acknowledging the role that retrospection offers, providing
clues but leaving much
to contemplate."

Gravity

See some of Karen's work on her website: www.karensardisco.com

Sarah Sutton
Painter, Ithaca, NY

 

"The work investigates the complexity of our instinctual
need to locate ourselves within
a space, our innate desire to
find pattern, and the ever-present possibility of unintelligibility
within the inundation of images that characterizes our current cultural landscape."

Through The Devil

See some of Sarah's work on her website: www.sarahsuttonpainting.com

Patricia Wilder
Photographer, Victor, NY

 

"Even in my early images,
I was drawn to small parts of
the subject rather than the whole scene, always trying to extract
the essence of the subject.
My first instructor worked in nature, so my early work was
made in the natural world. I have become interested in urban subjects with more abstract and minimalistic images emphasizing line, color, and surfaces."

 

Prophecy

The Mirage of Truth

Bradley Butler
Painter, Canandaigua, NY

 

"I paint to disconnect from reality and then I keep painting to disconnect from the act of painting itself. In the studio, I use chance encounters with my chosen
art materials to make lines and amorphous shapes. The remnants of my activity become something to be referenced as mirroring reality, something familiar to
both the viewer and myself.
The simultaneous feelings of
dread and curiosity are achieved personally while I make art
and it is my goal to make people
feel the same thing when they
look at my work."

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The Opposite of Concrete: An exhibition of abstract painting and photography

This exhibition featured 5 different approaches to making abstract imagery through painting and photography by Carl Chiarenza, Karen Sardisco, Sarah Sutton, Patricia Wilder, and Bradley Butler (gallery director at Main Street Arts).

 

Artists featured in this exhibition included two photographers and three painters from the Rochester and upstate NY area.

 

Limited edition exhibition posters featuring images from the exhibition may be purchased in the Main Street Arts Online Gallery Shop. Each poster is signed by the artist and embossed with the gallery logo.

 

Exhibition Dates: September 6–November 1, 2014

 

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m.

 

 



ARTIST STATEMENTS

Tenaya, 259/220

Carl Chiarenza
Photographer, Rochester, NY

 

"The word “representation,” for me, is about photography’s way of transforming things, as opposed to the idea of photography’s way of reproducing or tracing the supposed reality of things. Akin to poetry and prose, a photograph may be equally used to represent the mysterious or invisible. The images are transformations which refer to and represent visual sensations which I know only from a mix of past encounters with other pictures, music, the world, dreams, and fantasies."

See some of Carl's work on his website: www.carlchiarenza.com

Gravity

Karen Sardisco
Painter, Rochester, NY

 

"Much of my work examines memory and looks back at recollections that are now incomplete. The vague reconsiderations paint pictures
that come and go. The process of sorting and sifting aid in acknowledging the role that retrospection offers, providing clues but leaving much to contemplate."

See some of Karen's work on her website: www.karensardisco.com

Through The Devil

Sarah Sutton
Painter, Ithaca, NY

 

"The work investigates the complexity of our instinctual need to locate ourselves within a space, our innate desire to find pattern, and the ever-present possibility of unintelligibility within the inundation of images that characterizes our current cultural landscape."

See some of Sarah's work on her website: www.sarahsuttonpainting.com

Prophecy

Patricia Wilder
Photographer, Victor, NY

 

"Even in my early images, I was drawn to small parts of the subject rather than the whole scene, always trying to extract the essence of the subject. My first instructor worked in nature, so my early work was
made in the natural world. I have become interested in urban subjects with more abstract and minimalistic images emphasizing line, color, and surfaces."

 

The Mirage of Truth

Bradley Butler
Painter, Canandaigua, NY

 

"I paint to disconnect from reality and then I keep painting to disconnect from the act of painting itself. In the studio, I use chance encounters with my chosen art materials to make lines and amorphous shapes. The remnants of my activity become something to be referenced as mirroring reality, something familiar to both the viewer and myself. The simultaneous feelings of dread and curiosity are achieved personally while I make art
and it is my goal to make people feel the same thing when they look at my work."