Night Vision: Nocturnal Musings by NAGA Artists
June 4 - July 9, 2021 at Gallery NAGA
As the country emerges from a long year of dark solitude, quiet, and patience, we start to focus on the bright future ahead. This exhibition gives us a chance to draw one last breath in the darkness before the light.
Night Vision: Nocturnal Musings by NAGA Artists will open to the public on Friday, June 4. Due to Covid-19 precautions, there will be no public reception for the artists. Gallery NAGA’s hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 5, with no appointment necessary.
The list of artists included in the exhibition are:
Joseph Barbieri, Gerry Bergstein, Peter Brooke, Lana Z Caplan, Nicole Chesney, Alice Denison, Robert Ferrandini, Rick Fox, Lorie Hamermesh, Dinorá Justice, Jaclyn Kain, Masako Kamiya, Martin Kline, Mary Kocol, Keira Kotler, Bryan McFarlane, Todd McKie, Joseph McNamara, George Nick, Richard Raiselis, Louis Risoli, Terry Rose, Henry Schwartz, Peri Schwartz, Peter Scott, Robert Siegelman, Cheryl Ann Thomas, Peter Vanderwarker
James Abbot McNeil Whistler first used the term “nocturne paintings” in the late 19th century to describe scenes suggestive of the night or subjects in the absence of direct light. Since then, it has come to mean any paintings or work of art depicting a night scene. Lucky for us, Gallery NAGA artists got the message and many have created nocturne-based paintings, photographs, and sculpture over the years.
Violet Nocturne 2 (2019) by Nicole Chesney is a deliberate attempt to evoke the feeling of moodiness and the deep range of tones associated with the night sky. Wisps of paint sit atop a surface of glass--absorbing rather than reflecting its surroundings.
A monoprint with watercolor and carborundum titled Nocturne III (2021) by Lorie Hamermesh depicts three related images on one sheet of paper. A mother tending to her children during the night, each image reflects the struggles, and the joys, of these interrupted sleeping hours.
Stacked coils of clay beginning at the base with whites, moving to blues, then finishing at the top of the vessel with soft blacks in Moon Vessel (2021) by Cheryl Ann Thomas is interrupted only by one large yellow circle and multiple tiny ones, alluding to the emergence of the moon and stars in the night sky--a poetic punctuation of light among the dark.
We've created a special playlist of songs curated by the artists included in this exhibition... Click HERE to listen!