The Concussion Diaries Terri Riendeau
January 10 - June 8
“I suffered a serious concussion in April 2017. Alice fell down a rabbit hole; I just fell on the floor. The doctors forbade ‘reading, screens of any sort, and complex thinking.’ For the first four months I couldn’t even listen to music. I wondered if I might go bonkers – and then I wondered if that was complex thinking. Without the capacity for the usual distractions, I found myself in a quiet world of color and composition. In some ways my sensory experience was stripped down, but in other ways it was heightened. On the daily walks required for my recovery, I noticed every detail of spring in New Jersey – leaves unfurling, vines encircling, the patterns in moss – with a piercing intensity.
At the suggestion of a friend I started painting. I had spent a lifetime deeply engaged by twentieth-century American artists and poets. My icons were the two Helens of New York, Frankenthaler and Levitt, and the poets Robert Hass and John Ashbery. At various points my artistic energy went into making photography, writing poetry and weaving, but I had always considered painting off limits. The concussion eliminated my silly, self-imposed restraints, and painting turned the disaster into discovery.
My limited faculties when I started painting freed me from spending any time thinking about why I was painting and what I was trying to say with my work. Two of my paintings, Charlottesville and Categoría Cinco (Maria) are direct responses to current events, but the others are explorations of technique, color and form. Asking myself now about the why and the what, I am reminded of a talk I went to by the photographers Laura McPhee and Virginia Beahan. In response to a student who asked about pursuing a career in art, one of them said, ‘If you don’t need to make photographs, you won’t.’ I am still finding my way as a painter, but I can say for certain that I need to make paintings.”
Sculpture by Gyuri Hollosy
At a very young age, Gyuri Hollosy started his career in sculptured art and in the 1960’s, attended the Cleveland Institute of Art. Gaining an interest in sculptures, Gyuri began fusing materials together to create beautiful original sculpture artwork in the 1970’s. Gyuri’s artwork represents a philosophy, an emotion or a portrait of an influential figure or time period of our history. As a bronze sculpture artist, Gyuri has been able to transform his visions into reality and create one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork. There is …
Riverside Silos/Shaping Spaces
The Arts Council of Princeton presents Riverside Silos/Shaping Spaces, a dual exhibition by photographer Ricardo Barros & sculptor Austin Wright. This installation addresses volume– the space a substance occupies – in various ways through light, shadow, and form. “You could say we’re focusing on the same subject, but seeing it through different lenses,” says Princeton resident photographer Barros. “Or,” sculptor Wright adds, “We’re both pursuing a sculptural vision. Mine results in a three-dimensional sculpture. Ricardo works with similar forms to produce a two-dimensional …
Ceramics by Jenyfer Guethe
Visit the Arts Council of Princeton’s Solley Lobby Gallery to view work by ceramic artist Jenyfer Guethe. My work with clay combines functional pottery with free flowing sculptural forms. Since I was young I’ve been fascinated with how nature seems to have an overall “flow”, similar to how ocean waves are constantly changing the shoreline with each ebb and flow of the tide. This can leave a subtle soft touch on the sand when a gentle wave has pulled away, or a more pronounced sharper …
WILD: Wildlife Paintings and Drawings
The Arts Council of Princeton of Princeton is pleased to present an exhibition of wildlife related artworks by Charles David Viera in support of the Wildlife Painting and Drawing class offered for adults. Horses, wolves, birds, and other animals are featured in these paintings and drawings for the aesthetic value and emotional impact that they inspire in this artist and longtime ACP instructor. The public is invited to join us for the exhibition opening, enjoy the exhibition, and register for the accompanying studio class.