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Current June 2017 Exhibition – Peter Richards

Two Solo Exhibitions for First Friday Art Walk!

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2 from 5 – 9pm
Exhibition Duration: June 2 – July 1, 2017

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery:
‘A Hair in the Stars and Grass’
by Peter Richards

Peter Richards – ‘If I Remember Those Seas Out of Kenai’

The Backspace Gallery:
‘Character Witness’
by Alex Costantino

Alex Costantino – ‘Resilience’

A pair of prolific studio members of The Backspace Gallery, Peter Richards and Alex Costantino, launch exciting solo exhibitions to kick off this June’s First Friday Art Walk!
With the loss of our auxiliary gallery, The Backspace, in June, this will be our last First Friday Art Reception in there…so don’t miss it!
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‘A Hair in the Stars and Grass’
Peter Richards
June 2 – July 1, 2017

In this new work I want each piece to tell a story, but with only the aura of a story and perhaps its setting doing the telling. I enjoy reading stories and so I’m interested in the ways stories evoke, transport, and enlist the reader into adventures built more out of atmosphere, tone, and voice, than what is ostensibly narrative. While events in life are important, I find it curious, and perhaps it stands as a rule—a great novel is great always despite it’s story. So I look in this new work to explore the question— outside of figure, what are some of the utilities a painting enjoys for creating realities that are at once habitable, intimate, and convincing, I’m also curious about the activity that exists somewhere in the overlap between viewing a painting and reading a text. I like to populate my paintings (suggestively) with what might be perceived as purely imaginary letters, and from alphabets and languages that are equally imagined. Imagined, but are they real? and if so, what are the semiotic, aesthetic, and spatial consequences when such lettering presents itself as not only imaginary, but also biological in form, and sentient in disposition? For me the question occurs simultaneous with the painting becoming embryonic in its outcome, and perhaps even still astral yet in the stage and mode it presents itself to the viewer. And as much as I want my painting to each one tell the particular story of how it came into being, it’s also true I wish for the viewer’s attention to absorb into the painting as one of its happily imagined, and living constituents.

Peter Richards – ‘The Slips’

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‘Character Witness’
Alex Costantino
May 27 – June 3, 2017

Although these are images riddled and defined by abstraction, still they are images of human beings experiencing change, life, transformation. They are meant at once to be paintings- objects concerned with their own materiality and the manner of their creation- as well as communions of artist and subject. What makes them portraits is, as much as anything, that they are not the human beings they represent.

Every portrait is a fiction, just as every painting is simultaneously an engagement with a subject and, in itself, an inert object. Whether full scale nudes or merely a pair of hands, these paintings are meant to capture some measure of an individual- some measure of the subjects’ emotional residue, of their physical presence, of their life lived apart from being a subject. And because these paintings depict people through varied ages and stages of life, these pictures communicate that transition. Each one is being, and becoming.

Alex Costantino – ‘Domenica’

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Gallery Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 12 – 5pm

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery
266 Pine Street, Suite 105, Burlington, VT
See you soon, enjoy!

‘Art of Winter’ – February 3 – April 1, 2017

‘Art of Winter’
February 3rd – April 1, 2017

First Friday Art Reception: March 3rd, 5-9PM

Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12-5pm

Themes in the exhibition include representations of the landscape and flora in winter, renderings of ice on Lake Champlain, changes to natural landmarks, storytelling through painting, representations of space and time, abstract and psychological ideas about winter, and winter as sculpture.

Perseverance, acrylic, by Tomomi Ueda

Perseverance, acrylic, by Tomomi Ueda

The exhibition is curated by The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery director Christy Mitchell and Ric Kasini Kadour, editor and publisher of the Vermont Art Guide. “Art of Winter” exists in two forms: A physical exhibition of artwork by 26 artists will be on display at SPACE Gallery, along with an exhibition in print with artwork by 19 artists is included in Vermont Art Guide #3.

Artists include: Alex Costantino, Ashley Roark, Christy Mitchell, Stella Ehrich, Doris Bergeron, Frankie D. (DeAngelis), Tomomi Ueda, Sherri Rigby, Elaine Ittleman, Carol Crosby, Linda Di Sante, Kate Longmaid, Karyn Neubauer, Shona Sladyk, Jan Fowler, Julie Davis, Lorraine C Manley, Nitya Brighenti, June Campbell, Sharon Webster, Erika Lawlor Schmidt, Linda Van Cooper, Martha Hull, Robert Waldo Brunelle JR, Samantha M. Eckert, and Shalvah Herzberg.
December, collage and thread, by Erika Lawlor Schmidt

December, collage and thread, by Erika Lawlor Schmidt


About Art of Winter
The snowflake photographer Wilson Bentley (1865-1931) wrote, “The farm folks, up in this north country, dread the winter; but I was supremely happy, from the day of the first snowfall-which usually came in November-until the last one, which sometimes came as late as May.” At some point in the 20th century, winter in Vermont stopped being a thing of dread, when one dug in and hoped food supplies would last, the well wouldn’t freeze, and nature would be merciful. It was probably sometime in the 1930’s, when Dartmouth ski coach Wallace “Bunny” Bertram tied a tow rope to a Model-T Ford engine and started pulling skiers up a hill on Gilbert’s Farm in Woodstock. Winter started being a time of wonder, pleasure, and frolic.
Artists paint the world around them and it should be no surprise that winter is a frequent theme for Vermont artists. This exhibition is a survey of such artworks. Vermont has a long, rich tradition of painting the landscape. En plein air and in the studio artists forage the state for scenes to reproduce on canvas and board. Many of the works are representations of the land. Cartooning and storytelling also plays a role in Vermont art and artworks that engage these traditions are also present. We find artists engaging the psychology of winter in artwork that trades on mood, memory, and representations of the psyche.

“Art of Winter” is an opportunity for viewers to consider the role this season plays in our lives. One cannot ignore winter. It demands our attention. It forces us to dress differently, to spend resources heating our homes, and to develop an outlook, a personal philosophy, that will get us through until the ice melts, air warms, and life springs from the ground.

Sumac in Moonlight, oil on gesso board, by Shona Sladyk

Sumac in Moonlight, oil on gesso board, by Shona Sladyk


About The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery
S.P.A.C.E stands for Supportive Places for Artists and the Creative Economy. Formerly the Soda Plant Artist Collective Environment, S.P.A.C.E has a mission to create an accessible venue for showing, viewing, and making artwork by the public in Vermont and beyond. By combining creative endeavors with industrial reuse, S.P.A.C.E contributes to the economic revitalization of the industrial South End of Burlington – and beyond!
About Vermont Art Guide
Vermont Art Guide is a quarterly, printed magazine about contemporary art in Vermont. We offer a curated list of places to see art and publish profiles on artists, art venues, and public art. Each issue is a celebration of the state’s great art scene. Vermont Art Guide is a project of Kasini House. www.vermontartguide.com

On View Now; ‘IRL’ by Christy Mitchell & ‘Artrocities’ by Frank DeAngelis

‘IRL’     

Multimedia works ‘In Real Life’ with Christy Mitchell

'IRL' of Christy Mitchell by Luke Awtry

‘IRL’ of Christy Mitchell by Luke Awtry

November 4 – 26, 2016
Open Thursdays – Saturdays from 12 – 5pm

Opening Reception;
First Friday Art Walk, November 4th 5 – 10pm

Romance in the digital age as a woman ‘seeking’ is a treasure trove of miscommunications and preconceived notions of what the perfect partner should be. It gives you a two-dimensional view into the hopes and fears of single (and sometimes not so single) potential partners, communicating in profiles both eloquent and idiotic. Taking the leap from speaking to strangers online to meeting ‘in real life’, Christy Mitchell documents the often vulnerable process with humor and grace through photography, video, and mixed media compositions taken from the computer screen.


‘Artrocities’     

Paintings by Frank DeAngelis (aka Frankie D.)

'Losing Head Over Heart' by Frank DeAngelis

‘Losing Head Over Heart’ by Frank DeAngelis

Frank DeAngelis in the Studio

Frank DeAngelis in the Studio

November 4 – 26, 2016
Opening Reception;
Frank DeAngelis began painting for the first time only 7 months ago and has been passionately addicted ever since. Fueled by loud music and heartache, his favorite time to create is after midnight alone in the studio. The work is raw and gritty, featuring the artists’ heartfelt imagination, angst, excitement and love in each brush stroke. Canvas edges are not framed or painted over, ‘Frankie D.’ states, “My artwork is imperfect, much like life itself.”