The Dedee Shattuck Gallery is in Westport, Mass.
She asks: "Is it possible to balance the manufactured with the organic, the man-made with the earth-grown? In decades to come, how will 'Nature' respond to the synthetic materials that humans generate?''
"The title, 'The Last Gift She Gave' emerged from a series of text messages, as my mother stood witness to the extraction of our family’s cedar trees, felled in exchange for an updated power grid. We shared a history with those trees. They shaded our summer gatherings, and shielded our home from winter winds. As a child I used to climb the cedars’ scraggly trunks, seeking new perspectives, hanging upside down, inadvertently collecting the sap sticking to my hands and clothes. This visceral relationship included the intimacy of hugging the branches, and breathing the spicy oils. And long before my own childhood, the trees stood strong, through multiple generations.''
''Marta'' (oil on canvas), by Valeriya Lakrisenko, in the show "Young Russian Artists,'' at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, Mass., through June 25.
This exciting show presents the work of six brilliant young (all under 30) painters from St. Petersburg. All are graduates or current students at the Imperial Academy of Arts there. This institution maintains traditional Russian painting techniques and style.
The Shattuck Gallery notes that the show comes when relations between Russia and the United States are tense and complicated. "Viewers will see a side of Russia not usually depicted in the news.''
This just in from the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, in Westport, Mass., about the show “where lines meet,’’ which runs to Feb. 19. The gallery describes the show, in part:
“’where lines meet’ is a photographic installation to create a space for contemplation, conversation, and community. This project addresses artist Heather Hobler's ongoing investigation into well being.
‘“where lines meet’ is an installation of medium format film photographs of the same vista facing south over Buzzards Bay, the view from Heather's home. The project began innocently as snapshots meant to record time, but quickly built into a reflective rhythmic ritual of getting back to life and art after the artist’s battle with cancer. Beyond the beauty of each photograph, the collection intrigues and soothes with the dynamic and subtle power of both its consistency and comparison. It was in the collecting of the images that it became obvious to Heather this was a continuation and distillation of her art and her life.’’
Is this a matter of "red sky in morning, sailors take warning'' or "red sky at night, sailors' delight''?
"Beneath Sky'' (marble), by Michael Kukla, in the show (with Rebecca Hutchinson) "Instinctive Formation,'' at Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, Mass.
"Amidst Lotus VII'' (oil on panel), by Linda Perlman Karlsberg, in the "Closer Look'' group show at Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Wesport, Mass., from May 7.
My parents' last house, before everything fell apart, was on a pond where in coves at each end grew beautiful flowering lily pads in water that was tan from nearby cranberry-bog sand heavy in iron and from decayed oak leaves and pine needles. The water, swimmable and loaded with bass, put out a smell somewhere between rank and pleasantly aromatic, depending on the weather.
But below the pads often lurked a huge snapping turtle ready to grab a frog or small bird. Adjacent beauty and terror.
-- Robert Whitcomb
"Unihemispheric Existence'' (detail) (steel, wood, gallery wall), by WILSON HARDING LAWRENCE, in the show "Nuanced: open-endedness, capaciousness and other provocative conditions of making,'' at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, Mass., through Nov. 8.