Tuesday, April 8, 2014

“Transcendence” Opens at the Art League of Long Island May 18


“Transcendence” Opens at the Art League of Long Island May 18

 “Transcendence”, a unique exhibit featuring sculpture, installations and two-dimensional works, showcases the creative interpretations of nine diverse artists. The exhibit, showing in the spacious Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery runs from May 18 through June 21, with an opening reception on May 18 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Curator Carole Jay notes that a musical note, paint and brush, a block of stone are some of the pathways available for artists to create art. What of more simple things? Creation can unfold within everyday occurrences. Viewed through the selective eye and thought, and in the right hands, the ordinary can become extraordinary. Through the ages artists have examined ways to incorporate human interaction and experience, fabricating a very personal art. We build monoliths of stone, excavate land, re-purpose wood and plants, always seeking alternatives to what was.
The artists in this exhibit of transcended objects were chosen for their ability to find and change materials into something different than from their original purpose..  Creative imagining can be both an educational and thought provoking experience.
For example, Dix Hills artist Lisa Berley employs photography to view the world not from a macro but to a micro viewpoint, combining painting, photography and computer imaging to deconstruct and reconstruct images into a new form.
Megan Biddle, of Pennsylvania, transforms glass marbles and steel wire into a swirling vortex of kinetic activity evoking the image of a tornado.
For Brooklyn artist Chris Coffin, a surfer, love of the ocean as his place of peace is his inspiration for works that reflect both acute awareness of the moment and surrender to that experience.
Elizabeth Duffy divides her time between Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Brooklyn. As one who had moved 11 times by the age of 18, her quasi nomadic life influences her “Landless” series of map drawings that are combined with everyday objects, connecting home to faraway places.
            A resident of Stony Brook, Joseph Esser’s  “Kinesthetic 1.0”, is a kinetic and interactive installation conceived and built in 2012-13, designed with electronics and monofilaments that come alive as one nears the work, taking on the appearance of a volumetric waveform.
            New York artist Nicole Hixon’s “Division of its Parts” employs steel belted radial tires to provoke the viewer to further explore her chosen media and to see the object as something other than its original form.
                In “Red Carpet” and ”Stepping Out”, world-renowned yarn artist Carol Hummel uses thread, weavings, and sculpture to communicate the unraveling of one part of life and the formation of a new one.  Also, in June, Ms. Hummel, who comes from Ohio, will have her “Hand-Stitched Hamlet” installation on view at the start of the Oyster Bay Art Walk season in the downtown business district.
            In the spring of 2013, New York sculptor Michael Kukla started using masking tape, available everywhere is the world, as a solution to the problem of dealing with heavy sculptural material, such as wood and marble that is difficult to transport. Finding masking tape to be pliable and flexible, he creates honeycombed tapestries that undulate like clouds from the wall.
            Greenlawn artist Maureen Palmieri’s “Candlewall” is an installation expressing the merging and melting of candles used in different rituals, intermingling their original essence into a combined experience symbolizing life and its many rites of passage.
            The Art League of Long Island is a not-for-profit organization serving the community since 1955.  The Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery is open to the public free of charge Monday through Thursday 9am – 9pm, Friday 9am – 4pm and on weekends from 11am to 4pm.   The Art League center is located at 107 East Deer Park Road in Dix Hills.  For additional information call (631) 462-5400 or visit www.artleagueli.org.
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Lisa Berley (Dix Hills) http://lisaberley.com/
Megan Biddle (Pennsylvania)   http://www.meganbiddle.com/
Elizabeth Duffy (Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Brooklyn)  http://www.elizabethduffy.net/
Joseph Esser (Stony Brook)  http://emedia.art.sunysb.edu/jesser/
Nicole Hixon (New York) http://nicolehixonart.com/
Carol Hummel’s (Ohio)  http://www.carolhummel.com/
Michael Kukla (New York) www.mkukla.com/



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