THE WHITE ROOM GALLERY
September 13 - October 1, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 5 - 7 PM / Live Music
Featuring Photography, Paintings and Ceramic Sculptures by Artists:
Kevin holds a master of arts in engineering and was the Director at a theatre company for twelve years. An artist that clearly creates from both sides of the brain. He has traveled the world as a marketing expert but found inspiration on the east end.
“Living on Accabonac Harbor and inspired by my proximity to the Jackson Pollock house and Ashawagh Hall, I've been exploring forms of expression that stir my mind, my heart, my soul. Drip painting, lissajous figures and painterly strokes all feature in my work, on grounds sometimes smooth, sometimes textured, sometimes rough. Working primarily on floors and tables I'm inspired to create whether in my studio at home or on the road.”
As a photographer and traveler, my inspiration has stemmed from encounters
with naturally occurring beauty. Whether it is a living work of art
created by Mother Nature, or an object that presents organic patterns and
textures, it is always a thrill for me to make unique and often
Oftentimes, I seek out subject matter with a compelling story, which serves to connect the viewer with my images. A lifelong passion for animals and nature combined with the good fortune of having spent a significant amount of time visiting Africa has compelled me to become increasingly interested in using my art to spread awareness
and appreciation for the natural world, particularly the endangered animals of Africa and their environment.
In the words of Teddy Roosevelt, “The wildlife and its environment can’t speak for itself, so we must and we will.” A portion of the proceeds from my sales are donated to wildlife and environmental conservation organizations.
I am a mother of two young boys juggling my passion for art with my passion for parenting. I use both abstract painting and photography to express my creativity. My paintings are mostly abstract because I love the freedom it allows me to create from a subconscious place. My motto when going to paint is See What Happens. This works so well for me because I never know where my paintings will take me and I don’t want expectations to hinder me in any way. When I'm going out to take photos it is always an adventure. Like my paintings, I never want to know what will happen, I just want to be ready to capture it when it does.
Most of the photographs in this show are from a 7 month long devotion I had for sunrises. One late fall/early winter dawn I decided to capture the sunrise as it rose from Hook Pond in East Hampton. The experience was so magical that I got up the next morning to do it again. I did this thru that winter and into the spring. People couldn't believe that I could get up that early, but for me it was more that I couldn't not get up to see what I thought was the most beautiful show of light, color and nature at its best. Nature became my friend and I couldn't wait to get up and capture it in its most divine moments.
The amazing thing is that the sun rises every day and the magic repeats itself. For me it was such a gift like Christmas came every morning. Interestingly, every day was different even in the same spot I'd been the day before and this kept me hungry for more. Each morning I would set off into the dark of dawn with the stars still twinkling and the moon out, then there would be the stretch of cold dark...very cold dark waiting time. I had to wait till there was enough light to start shooting. In this type of photography there is a lot of racing to your spot and then waiting and waiting... and waiting, but then suddenly an explosion of excitement and energy when it all starts to happen and unfold for you.
One thing I loved was during these mornings I got to know nature's language. I could hear the birds suddenly get excited flying around and calling out just before I would see that tiny glimpse of sun like a treasure. Just as I knew when the deer would pass me it was time to go inside and get my kids to school. I felt like I suddenly had a relationship to nature instead of just an appreciation. I no longer get up for sunrises but that time and experience will always be with me like a great adventure or trip I took. When people say they love my photos I always feel like I can't take the credit. This planet is so beautiful and I just made sure I was there to witness and capture its beauty. Experiencing and capturing the beauty of sunrises deepened my love and respect for nature and I now know that our gift is that we can see magic everyday right here on earth. For me the greatest artist is Mother Nature.
Inspired by her love of abstract art from both the Abstract Expressionism Movement and other master painters, Alyssa blurs the lines between photography and painting. Her original work brings a fresh and innovative perspective to traditional photography.
Prior to starting Peek Photography in 2013, she spent over twenty years working in the fashion industry and left to continue creating beautiful things through the lens of her camera and follow her passion.
Each piece begins with an original photograph taken by Alyssa. The image is either manipulated in-camera or in post-production to conjure the feeling of movement, the passage of time. Whether it be a fleeting moment or a slow aging process, each piece transports the viewer from something one sees to something one feels.
Alyssa lives in New York City and the Hamptons which acts as her canvas. There is captures the beautiful sunlight and landscapes and makes them uniquely hers with her fresh perspective.
The Native Americans consider clay a gift that has been given to us, and that if you take care of the clay, it will take care of you and guide you in your own journey. I felt an immediate affinity towards this intuitive approach of “listening to the clay”, and am interested in the soul and spirit of each piece. My work is formed through coiling and pinching, the most primitive and intimate of hand-building techniques. I am intrigued by the quality of clay to be both rough and refined; to be viewed as an object of quiet beauty, however imperfect. I find inspiration in the imperfections of nature and seek a balance between a torn edge or a crack, and a smooth, burnished surface; or between a form’s shape and its texture. These organic pieces convey tranquility and harmony, in contrast to the chaos in our modern, technological world.
The primitive spontaneous firing techniques of raku and pit firing further enhance the work.
It is through this exploration of clay, smoke, fire and the hand of the artist where discovery and magic await.
BASIC FACTS: "Look Deeper" is on view from September 13 through October 1, 2017. An Opening Reception takes place on September 23, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The White Room Gallery is located at 2415 Main St., Bridgehampton, NY 11932. www.thewhiteroom.gallery
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