Friday, January 25, 2008

An Art Trio-Patch, Pile & Proof

An Art Trio—Patch, Pile & Proof
, an exhibit of about 50 works from Hudson Valley artists Martee Levi, Grace Knowlton and Carlos Uribe, has just opened at the Blue Hill Art and Cultural Center, 1 Blue Hill Plaza in Pearl River. (Call 845-359-1584 for information.) The exhibit runs through May 30

Here’s some insight from the center:

‘An Art Trio-Patch, Pile & Proof” is an exhibition of three art professionals doing the same thing (abstract art), differently.

“Martee, Grace and Carlos enjoy very separate journeys finding and fashioning, yet each one chooses what we throw away and each one creates wholeness and beauty from our discarded fragments,” says Carolyn deLisser, coordinator of the exhibition.

Martee Levi, who resides in Cold Spring, has a way with patch, patch, patch, creating relationships in form, line and color that empowers the strong, elegant abstract compositions in the exhibition. Seeking the underlying unity of fragments and separated elements is what motivates her work. Ms. Levi’s works can be found in private collections from New York to Paris. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Grace Knowlton of Palisades is fascinated with piles, piles and piles of dirt. Widely known for her spherical sculpture, Grace’s attention have moved away from the sphere’s elegant, closed form to ordinary dirt-how it falls, collects, colors and always slumps. She has soil collected from different parts of the world embedded in her paintings. Her work has been exhibited at fine institutions across the country including the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, among many other venues.

Carlos Uribe pulls proof after proof exploring and creating multi-layered patterns through the process of silkscreen printing. An innovator in print-making, Carlos continues to discover new relationships in form and color in his printmaking technique. In this exhibition, he closely observes the matte quality of silk screening ink taking on a new dimension as it is applied to varnished copper plates. Uribe resides in Milton and is the Director of Arts Education at the Garrison Art Center. His recent work is currently on view at the Harlem Textile Works in NYC.

The Blue Hill Art and Cultural Center has been the site for major exhibitions of Fine Art since 1984. It remains the prime exhibition space in Rockland County for American and international artists of outstanding achievement and reputation whose work is suited for public space. Blue Hill Plaza is a beautifully landscaped corporate center where a pond and an atrium unite two contemporary buildings that house Rockland’s prime businesses.

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