“Grotto” 6/1/18 – 7/1/18

We are thrilled to share our exhibition of artworks on the theme of “Grotto”.  In originally thinking about small, picturesque caves or gardens in remote locations, we were surprised and delighted this month to see artworks that expanded our interpretation of the word. Vertical and linear approaches lined up with themes of depth and light.

In the late 15th century, Romans accidentally unearthed Nero‘s Domus Aurea on the Palatine Hill, a series of rooms, decorated with designs of garlands, slender architectural framework, foliage, and animals. The rooms had sunk underground over time. The Romans who discovered this historical monument found it very strange, partly because it was uncovered from an “underworld” source. This led the Romans giving it the name grottesca, from which came the French grotesque. And while some interpretations of the works below may have elements of darkness, we hope you’ll join with us in celebrating the light-seeking accomplishments of Claire Jeanine Satin, Laura Trisiano, Chas Martin, Sherri Silverman, Eddie Steffani, Jonathan Mandell, and Linda McCray.

 

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Claire Jeanine Satin, Tetrahedron Columns II, powder coated aluminum screen; brass wire; gold and silver metallic links, handwritten text, 70″h x 18″d.  Satinartworks.com, Dania Beach, FL.
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Laura Trisiano, Forest Temple 2018: The Altar and Temple Series, mixed media assemblage sculpture; wood, paint, metal, stone, grass cloth, moss, faux flower; 15″h x 13″w x 4″d, www.instagram.com/lauratrisiano, Califon, NJ
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Chas Martin, Sedona Window, watercolor on paper, 14″ x 10″, chasmartin.com, Portland, OR
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Sherri Silverman, Patmos Ladder to the Sky (1984), black and white photography, gelatin silver print, 6.25″ x 4.5″ image, 
Greek island of Patmos, Monastery of St. John the Divine, sherrisilverman.com, Ross, CA.
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Eddie Steffanni, Church Interior with Fan (2017), Etching and Aquatint, 18in X 24 in, edwardsteffanni.com, Dayton, OH.
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Jonathan Mandell, Western Wall Mosaic (2003), Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish life in Horsham PA, 99″L x 30″H, ceramic tile, glass, and lapidary. This mosaic was designed to be interactive. The grout joints are left open between the stones of the wall so that the residents can insert notes into the mosaic which are then transported to Israel on a regular basis. jonathanmandell.com, Bala Cynwyd, PA.
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Linda McCray, Come Out Lazarus! (sold), acrylic paint, cloth and sand from the River Jordan on floating wood panel. 24” x 24”, LindaMcCray.com, Clancy, MT.

 

Sacrosanct Gallery: Sacred Art in Contemporary America.

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