Exploring Air – Group Exhibition in partnership with Edgewater Gallery in two locations:
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center • June 1 – August 30, 2018
Edgewater Gallery in Stowe • July 2 – August 30, 2018
Artists: Matt Brown, Galen Chaney, Tom Cullins, TJCunningham, Micah Dudash, Rory Jackson, Erika Senft Miller, Rachel Moore, Marshall Noice, Mark Reamy, Sean Thomas, Homer Wells.
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in partnership with Edgewater Gallery in Stowe, launches a group exhibition up on the mountain and down in the village in Stowe for the Summer Season. The exhibition opens with a dynamic collection of work at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center – including painting, photography and sculpture in June, and builds in July with the addition of kinetic sculpture, wood block prints, paintings and multimedia work in the Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Kelly Holt, featuring artists: Jon Black, Matt Brown, Galen Cheney, Tom Cullins, TJ Cunningham, Micah Dudash, Rory Jackson, Rachel Moore, Marshall Noice, Mark Reamy, Erika Senft Miller, Sean Thomas and Homer Wells.
Artists in this exhibition are responding to many aspects of air, from big sky paintings, to music making and language, to climate change, to communication and celebrating global community. All are working from the following ideas: “Air is essential. It is life giving. It is the breath that emanates through all of us, and unites us in a common ground. Air makes language possible.The vastness of air evokes the spiritual. Air ushers the flight of birds in the sky while it connects with people rushing past one another on a bustling sidewalk. In a time of boundaries and borders, air allows us to be in a relationship with the earth, all of its inhabitants and forces of nature. While air is a medium of consciousness, it also transcends culture.”
Matt Brown speaks of his woodblock print work steeped in nature, “The earth and rocks are like our body, the trees and vegetation are like our breath, the water represents our mind, and the sky represents that part of us that is our spirit.” Sean Thomas, who is known for more industrial landscapes, responds with, “Atmosphere creates a barrier surrounding us which influences our perception of light and space. Manipulating the opacity of filtered light allows me to construct a hierarchy of focal points- while some edges are precise and defined, others are intentionally softened and left to recede into the soupy vapor of water, dust, and emissions.”