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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Saturday evening opening at New London's Golden Street Gallery

Golden Street Gallery
94 Golden St., New London, (860) 444-0659
Sept. 12—Oct. 10, 2009.
Opening reception: Sat., Sept. 12, 6—9 p.m.

Press release

, a new exhibition curated by guest curator Kat Murphy, opens at the Golden Street Gallery in New London this Saturday. Murphy, a New London artist and graphic designer, completed her study of Print Design and Production at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. She writes, "I put together this show of softness to reflect different ideas of soft by different artists and designers that I know and some whom have recently come across my path. I feel a fine collection of soft coming on. Come and see!"

Participating artists:

Rachel Brensilver:

I'm an artist living in New London, who likes flowers, television and sharks. I am also a few short months away from finishing up a graduate program in elementary education and am so excited to be a teacher that it's almost embarrassing. I make art with cut paper and a variety of things found in my apartment and go through an extraordinary amount of glue. If my art makes someone smile, it makes me smile.

Justin Clapp: graphic designer

My name is Justin Clapp and I am a fine artist and graphic designer from Auburn, Massachusetts. I have a background in graphic design, and have recently completed my studies at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008.

I am fascinated with typography and letterforms, and the power of the written word. I am interested in how letterforms and words have the capability to transcend the chasm between abstract formal elements and vessels of conceptual meaning in a work. As an artist, I am especially inspired by philosophy, language, and music.

Softness to me is subtlety-the suggestion of an idea, the attention to detail, the textures in a work. Softness has to be carefully looked at and considered, and is much deeper than it may first appear.

Susan Hickman:

I am a local artist & designer working from my kitchen table. My background is in graphic design, photography, visual merchandising & food service, but I enjoy dabbling in most mediums. I am always ready to try something new. I recently opened TAKEOUT GALLERY & BOUTIQUE (almost a year now folks) last october, which focuses on local & regional artists & has prompted me to take the dive into sewing, which I discovered I love. My softness is the little things in life that gently make themselves known to you.

Amy Visockis:

A recent graduate from Rhode Island School of Design with a certificate in Print Design. In 2000 I received my MFA from University of Colorado, Boulder focusing on installations and drawings inspired by childhood memories. I have exhibited work in Iceland, at the Boston Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlantic Center for the Arts and the small works alumni exhibition at University of Hartford.

This series of work captures the delicate quality of (soft). With a further exploration of Gestalt Theories of visual perception, I am inspired by the structures and rhythms created from photographs. Drawing from these elements creates a visual texture in scale and value. Echoing lines, capturing a poetic quality informs my design process.

Victor Visockis:

I received an MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003. Following graduate school I formed Object Function Designs, a ceramic tableware company, and have exhibited in group exhibitions and sales including Buyer Market of American Craft, and American Craft Council. In addition I have worked as an artist assistant to Tony Falcone, and Roseberry Winn Pottery. Currently I am teaching art at Indian Mountain School in Lakeville CT.

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