“Chandeliers and Candelabrum”
Janice LaMotta’s exhibition, “Chandeliers & Candelabrum” premiers a selection of drawings and paintings from this new series. According to the artist, in this body of work, she is “interested in the associative qualities of light and the artisanal ways to contain and deliver it.” Small works on paper in ink, pencil and chine colle serve as studies for the examination of various chandelier armatures and take on a wide-ranging approach to the forms. In an accompanying group of paintings the artist explores the qualities of light, and the deeper, underlying reference to memory. The artist, in describing this body of work, states: “The chandeliers are presented singular and resolute - some emerge from a glistening ground of varnish with their ornamentation scratched into the surface, others maintain an ethereal presence with delicate swags of beading on and around the central form.”
LaMotta’s career in the visual arts spans over thirty years and includes work as studio artist as well as an arts professional. A graduate of the Hartford Art School, Ms. La Motta’s career includes 5 ½ years as Curator at The New Britain Museum of American Art and 18 years as owner and executive director of the contemporary fine arts gallery Paesaggio Gallery. She has been featured in group and solo exhibitions throughout the country.
Mia Westerlund Roosen and Kim Sobel
Mia Westerlund Roosen is an established artist who began her career in the late 1960s. Early on in her career she chose organic subject matter, unusual at a time when the industrial, geometric aesthetic of the Minimalist movement was dominant. For this show at Five Points Gallery, Westerlund Roosen will be exhibiting a variety of work chosen from the past 20 years . According to the artist, these works were created “ using a variety of materials and processes that depict bodily systems, metamorphozed architecture, and abstracted images of the feminine.”
Westerlund Roosen has received several prestigious awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship. Her work can be seen in numerous public collections, most notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; and the Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY.
Kim Sobel is a painter who, in the last fifteen years, has exhibited widely in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. The combinations of marks, colors, and atmospheric areas on the canvas create paintings which, for the artist, record a “never ending search to make sense of the world. According to Sobel, “A painting is inanimate, but I want it to live and breathe.”
Sobel received her MFA from Hunter College. She has lectured and has taught at various schools including The New School in New York, Hunter College and Manchester Community College, among others. In addition, her work has been featured in reviews and publications. Sobel has also been the recipient of several awards including an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism.