PRESS RELEASE PRESS RELEASE CURRENT ABSTRACTION The Black Rock Art Center presents the exhibit “Current Abstraction” opening on April 29 and running thru June 3rd. The show is curated by artist and independent curator, Margaret Roleke and features the work of six mid-career artists who have been dealing with abstraction and the issues of color, form, and texture and have made these issues of relevance today. The artists are June Ahrens (installation), Joseph Fucigna (sculpture/installation), Melinda Hackett (painting/watercolors), Peter Hildebrand (drawings/paintings), Eva Lee (works on paper), and Laura Watt (painting and works on paper). They are working within a tradition, but have each taken these concerns to a new level, each finding their own unique vocabulary and creating work which is fresh. There work also dialogues well with one another. June Ahrens will present her installation “Easily Broken”,a circular floor piece built with eggshells and salt. While being a visually seductive piece there is a very real fragility to it. Joseph Fucigna will also build a site-specific piece, but on the wall and using a plastic netting material which transforms into something more organic. Fucigna will also exhibit two freestanding pieces built from plastic fencing and cable ties. Fucigna seems to be able to make this standard issue plastic become a colorists dream. . Melinda Hackett creates exquisite watercolors and oil paintings loosely based on the circle. They are densely patterned and reference nature, biology, geometry as well as, making links to tapestry, Aboriginal paintings, and textiles. Peter Hildebrand also references several scientific systems in his intensely detailed work. The real amazing part of Hildebrand’s work is the surface of the paintings. He uses enamel, latex, and joint compound creating a thick almost sculptural quality to the work. Eva Lee ‘s works on paper also suggest other universes, although her work process begins with a just a few marks on paper which inspire her to create her other worlds. Laura Watt is an obsessively detailed painter. Her op art work is explosive, elaborate and full of depth and texture. Color is amazingly well worked in her densely packed paintings. These six artists demonstrate new approaches to abstraction through installation, drawing, paintings and sculpture. All six artists have shown in prestigious galleries and museums throughout the country. June Ahrens resides in Connecticut and New York. Eva Lee, and Joseph Fucigna live and work in Fairfield County. Melinda Hackett is from New York City and Peter Hildebrand from Brooklyn.
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