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“Altared /Altered States” Fri 3-6, Sat 12-4

Date: 
06/23/2017 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: 
Cooperative Gallery 213 State St Binghamton

At a time when Congress is contemplating large cuts to arts organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, two regional artists have created an exhibit that treats the arts as sacred, that reveres and explores the nature of the creative act. Judy Irwin- Salton and MaryRose have transformed the Cooperative Gallery 213 into a chapel-like setting. Using the techniques of carving, mosaic tiles, painting and drawings, Judy Irwin-Salton has created three altar pieces paying homage to the arts of Music, Dance and Theatre. Altared/Altered States, an installation that explores the form of the altarpiece and the transformative power of the arts will open at the Cooperative Gallery 213 June 2 on First Friday from 3-9 PM.  The installation will close on June 24 with a Closing Brunch starting at 11 AM.
 
Judy Irwin-Salton talks about her work for this show:  “The act of creation astounds me. The ability to imagine, whether it be through composers, musicians, choreographers, dancers, actors, playwrights, poets,  writers, sculptors, painters, etc. … is magical. Seeing how others think, interpret and celebrate their worlds never fails to move me.  So I am presenting these 3 altarpieces paying homage to the arts. And choosing to use the form of the altarpiece allows me to have 5 surfaces per piece.  Closed, the altarpiece shows 2 of them and opened, the outside doors become inside art, and combine with the center panel to form a triptych.  The challenge for me as an artist, is not only to represent the art but to work to make the entire piece a whole of the assembled parts.” 

MaryRose says, "I, like Judy am fascinated by the act of creation, not why we create so much as how we are able to do what we do.

This exhibition resonates for me in several ways. The church-like setting harks back to the first couple of decades of my life. Having grown up in a multi-generational household with two brothers and at least four other adults, church was the only time I was alone, or felt alone. Dark, quiet, fragrant, I could sit quietly with only my own thoughts to keep me company. I want that reflective space for my artwork in this show.

The individual pieces of work I am creating for the exhibit are an effort to understand, to explore how it all happens. How, for example, in a painting do spots of color next to or over the top of each other on a flat piece of cloth become something that we recognize as a “real” thing/ three-dimensional? A human body? A landscape? A piece of fruit?

I’ve taken images from Caravaggio’s still lifes and broken out their color & texture, trying to understand . . . using color-patterned paper to create “paper tapestries” from his lush chiaroscuro paintings."

The Cooperative Gallery 213 State St. in Binghamton has been exhibiting innovative local artists for more than 15 years and the gallery is a popular stop on the Gorgeous Washington First Friday Art Walk. The gallery is open Fridays 3-6 pm and Saturdays 12-4 pm and First Fridays from 3- 9pm and by appointment. For more information visit the website at www.cooperativegallery.com, the Facebook page, or email cooperativegallery213 @ gmail.com.

 

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