July 15, 2017 –Sept. 3, 2017 Opening Reception Saturday, July 15th 6-9pm
Lois Lambert Gallery presents “Material World”, a series of paintings from artist Frank Oriti. This collection focuses on an exploration of not only the object, but the materials and the methodology that creates the reality. Originally trained as a figure painter, Oriti became fascinated and engaged more with the clothing than subject, communicating its own story.
Each fabric, whether plastic, denim or leather, requires a different approach and technique, experimenting with paint application and scale in order to communicate to the viewer the reality of each item. The challenge of navigating these obstacles in order to give life to the weave and weight of these inanimate objects is one of Oriti’s motivating factors in the creation of these pieces.
“A Moment in Time”
Lois Lambert Gallery presents “A Moment in Time”, a series of miniature narrative sculptures, by artist Sonny Wizelman. Wizelman’s figures and miniature components come Tabula Rasa, allowing him to build and paint the narrative of his choosing. Sonny creates scenarios of a familiar and often romanticized time in American culture.
Wizelman spends a great deal of time on research and problem solving. In his studio there are rolls and rolls of architectural drawings for each of his creations. Sometimes Wizelman rethinks the original idea to fit the resources he has available. An example of this process is Steamers Carousel, which was inspired by Christmas ornaments that resembled carousel animals. “It is all about the creative journey.” says Wizelman, “I don’t want it to end”.
“My Tax Dollars Hard at Work”
Lois Lambert Gallery presents Chad Person’s, “My Tax Dollars Hard at Work”, a collection of works that explores the relationship between people, the money they earn and the taxes they pay in a Capitalist society. The exhibition includes a series of images composed with dollar bills cut and collaged on canvas and an inflatable Monopoly Man called “Mr. Moneybags”. In deconstructing the currency, he removes the actual value of the dollars it takes to make the piece and replaces it with the value Chad applies to the finished artwork itself.
Chad carefully cuts strips of dollar bills and collages them together rendering striking images of US military weapons, tanks, helicopters, and planes. Chad manipulates the darker and lighter areas found on the paper currency to create the shadows and textures in the image.