Neider exhibit opens Saturday at gallery 305K
305 Knowlton St., Bridgeport, (203) 814-6856
Alan Neider: Curtains and Dresses—The Fall Collection
Nov. 12—Dec. 17, 2011.
Artist Reception: Sat., Nov. 12, 3:30—6:30 p.m.
Gallery 305K is proud to present Curtains and Dresses: The Fall Collection, opening Sat., Nov. 12, with an artist reception from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m.
Throughout his career, New Haven artist Alan Neider has constructed two and three-dimensional objects and textural surfaces in order to paint on and into them. These objects include lamps, curtains, chairs as well as completely non-objective forms. Neider explores the subject of fashion and glamour intimately by utilizing the tools of the trade in the construction of his sculptural installation drawings and three-dimensional paintings
With his site specific Curtain installation, Neider will investigate and question about how we 'frame,' visualize and ultimately see the world, and continues his life-long examination of how paint and light affect shape and form.
Neider’s interest in fashion and glamour stems from a project he collaborated on with a fashion designer while living in Chicago in 1980. He has since created numerous series of drawings based on the themes of fashion and glamour. This series of ten drawings titled “Dress and Jewelry” explore the darker side of Fashion/Glamour by exposing the excess inherent in that industry. He utilizes the sewing machine, a unique tool, to 'draw' line and because it is reflective of the way garments in the fashion industry are fabricated.
The four Wall Dresses and one Floor Dress in this exhibition are three-dimensional paintings with internal light sources. In creating these pieces, fashion issues and ideas concerning movement, color as it defines form, and illumination are explored and exaggerated. Internal light sources serve to describe shape, planes, and texture. The light plays with and defines color, patterns, layering, and transparency. The resulting shadows cast on the walls, floor, and ceiling are integral elements that dramatize the work.
The Gallery will open the show as part of the 2011 Bridgeport Art Trail. T¬he show will also be open from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Normal Gallery Hours are from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.