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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Saturday evening opening at Hygienic Art

Hygienic Art
83 Bank St., P.O. Box 417, New London, (860) 443-8001
Three Artists: Kevin Cooper: Glass, Megan Craig: Paint + Adam Campos: Photo
May 29—June 26, 2010
Opening reception: Sat., May 29, 7—10 p.m.

Press release

Hygienic Art presents three artists working in glass, paint and photography. Inspired by the colors of Venice, the rooftops of Brooklyn and the transient life, at Hygienic Art we see how these three artists experiment, communicate and imagine experience.

There will be an opening reception for this show on Sat., May 29, from 7—10 p.m.

Kevin Cooper: Glass

Artist statement:

For three years I have been an apprentice under Jeffery P'an at Precient Studios at the Velvet Mill in Stonington CT. In addition to learning the techniques I am now faced with the challenge of finding my voice or individual style. The work I made for this show was largely experimental of where to go next. The smaller work is inspired by my trip to Venice last year where I bought supplies and tools and inspired by the colors used by Jeffery. Tollen was created as an answer for my desire to recreate my surroundings with out having the ample techniques needed. It is a combination of chemistry and my true passion glass.

Kevin is an artist in residence at the Hygienic Art Coop, New London, CT.

Megan Craig: Paint


Painting has always seemed to me like a brute way of talking, more like pointing. It's not gentle and it's never precise. When I paint I always end up pointing past or through what I thought I wanted to show. It's like wearing mittens to thread a needle. Sometimes I think about painting as a way of organizing experience. I think about work that is brave or truthful—paintings that make life seem more full or more urgent.

I started painting cityscapes in 1997 from the 6th floor window of my apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. I had a view of Brooklyn rooftops, church steeples and the fading outline of Queens. I was trying to find some space in the city, some clarity and distance, a place of my own. Painting let me get to know New York.

My new paintings explore experimental spaces, fields of color and the cavernous holes between strokes. My work derives concretely from immersion in cityscapes and the architecture of crowded places, but these new paintings focus on feelings and forces rather than objects or images. I'm concerned with the ambiguities between the still and the moving, the concrete and the abstract. The accumulation of paint strokes generates spaces that are tensed with multiple centers of gravity, a propagation of intricacies, cities within cities. Painting has a special ability to express the forces emanating from within seemingly sedentary things—bricks, books, junk. Paint can reanimate objects and make visceral a certain sweetness, the erosive weight of time, the explosive thrust of joy, the ways things bend and buckle, rise and resist. My paintings present such forces and their pre-articulate, visceral moods: pinched, tense, shy, poised, yellow, pink, free, fast, and jubilant.

Megan lives and paints in New Haven, CT.

Adam Campos: Photo

Artist Statement:

Floaters. They're kind of creepy almost like ghosts. No, they are beautiful and free, more like clouds. I see now, no two are exactly alike so they are like snowflakes. Maybe they are simply that shapeless blob that floats in casual fashion across the corner of your eye. You blink. It's gone.

Actually, they are like all of those things. Floaters are as mysterious as a ghostly specter, while evoking as much imagination and wonder as the shape shifting form of a cloud slowly drifting across the horizon. At the same time if you do find a Floater meandering into view and you happen to blink, you will miss it and no matter what you do you will never get it back. You see, a Floater form may only exist for a fraction of a second because it is constantly shifting and mutating until about a second after it springs to life it ceases to be at all. That's right, less than a second is all you have to admire one in person.

Exhibiting Floaters in states of rising and expanding, at their peak and during their inevitable deterioration as they return to the earth from where they spawned. Observing many Floaters in various phases of their lives may be taken as representations of how transient life, the universe and everything are and how beautiful it all can be even in a period of deterioration. Even something as magnificent as a mountain range at its peak once rose from mere hills and plains and will return to hills and plains over the millennia.

Even when looking into the still image of a Floater they're so surreal that it's easy to get lost in the layers and tangle your mind in the folds as it may appear to be still moving. I usually see faces, others may see animals or flowers those with yet greater imaginations may perceive entire scenes or a story. In short, a Floater will be anything you allow it to be.

Adam Campos is 23 and lives in Bronx, NY.

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