Sunday, January 07, 2007

bau 25 bau NOW

bau25: bau NOW
2007 members: Vivian Altman, Gary Jacketti, Joanne Klein, Franc Palaia, Christopher Staples, Elizabeth Winchester
January 13 - February 4, 2007
opening reception:
January 13, 6-9pm
bau - beacon artist union
161 Main StreetBeacon, NY 12508
Opening Hours: Sat/Sun 12 - 6pm & by appt.
T 845 440 7584

bau 25: "bau NOW" celebrates the group's second anniversary. Inaugurated in January 2005, bau continues to serve as a focal point of Beacon's new vitality, creating space for an ever evolving group of artists to find their voices and engage with the surrounding community. This group exhibition includes painting, sculpture, mixed media, installation and photography by 2007 members Vivian Altman, Gary Jacketti, Joanne Klein, Franc Palaia, Christopher Staples and Elizabeth Winchester.

Vivian Altman’s abstract compositions contain flowing sensual forms with a range of colors that go from subtle to bold. With delicate layering and texture, Altman explores the rich expressive possibilities of different media. Her forms take on a life of their own and the results are both familiar and mysterious.
Gary Jacketti’s work is executed in many genres and mediums. While a large proportion of his imagery is figurative, he also explores organic, geometric and abstract forms in sculpture, installation, painting, drawing and printmaking. In describing his methodology Jacketti reveals, "No pigeonhole exists in which to hide".
Joanne Klein's work has evolved over a twenty year period from early realistic renderings to surrealist landscapes and finally to the current abstractions. She works in oil on canvas and oil pastel on paper. Klein’s paintings are composites of geometric shapes filled with highly saturated color. Deconstruction, reduction and rebuilding is a primary means of developing her imagery. Realization of the essence is always the aim. The art historical movements of Russian constructivism, abstract expressionism and minimalism among others inform her work, as does a strong interest in contemporary architecture.
Franc Palaia's work encompasses several media including illuminated photo-sculpture, hand-colored Polaroids, large scale color digital photography, murals, and lamp design. He also curates, teaches, and makes photo-sculptural outdoor works that incorporate solar powered energy sources.
Christopher Staples is an artist who works in a wide range of media, including photography, collage, assemblage, painting and printing. A resident of Carmel, she serves on the gallery committee of the Putnam Arts Council and recently completed a three-year term on the grants review panel for local arts grants through the New York State Council on the Arts.
Elizabeth Winchester is a painter and printer whose work portrays a life of disorientation and geographic dissonance. Her paintings and prints may include fragments of maps, newspapers, collage or found objects resulting in the creation of a personal topography. There are occasional intimations of aerial landscapes or singing abstract, rhythmic movements. Following the lure of detail, layers begin to unfold, veils lift, revealing increasingly disparate details of an idiosyncratic world.
bau is an artists’ collective hosting exhibitions, collaborations & interdisciplinary events.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Closing Reception for bau 24

bau invites you to a closing reception for bau 24 this Sunday, 07 jan 07 at the gallery from 3 to 6. Light refreshments will be served. bau was mentioned in Paul Smart's end of the year review in the Dec 28 Almanac as being one of the only two serious galleries in Beacon, along with Van Brunt Gallery. Smart states,"bau, an ever energetic championing of truly serious artists seeking to expand their scopes"......" bau, one of two lasting Main St. sites"