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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Artist's reception Saturday at Gallery at Still River Editions for Chris Durante's baseball drawings

The Gallery at Still River Editions
128 East Liberty St., Danbury, (203) 791-1474
Ball Players: Drawings by Chris Durante
Through May 31,, 2013.
Artist's Reception: Sat., Apr. 6, 4—6 p.m.

Press release from The Gallery at Still River Editions

Ball Players is a solo exhibition of new drawings by Chris Durante of Redding, Connecticut. Durante uses ink and collage elements to express his nearly life-long interest in baseball, in particular the characters that inhabit its "cathedrals," the ballparks. The comic book-influenced, stylized figures convey the attitude and soul of players past and present, real and imaginary.

Durante says in his artist's statement, "I love the game of baseball, its lore, history, and aesthetic. Statistics and teams, while interesting, are secondary considerations. I am equally at home in a sold-out cathedral of baseball or watching a group of kids hash it out in an abandoned lot. It seems that our lives are spent trying to regain the innocence of that first experience when everything was new, mythic and unsullied by quotidian demands. These drawings are my attempt to get back to that place."

Chris Durante: "Ballplayer #1"

Durante teaches drawing as an Adjunct Professor of Studio Art at Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, Connecticut. Durante also owns Chris Durante Framing in Danbury, Connecticut. Durante is a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists.

Much of Durante's work shown in recent years has been abstract. In 2012, his work was shown at Silvermine Guild in New Canaan, CT and the Haviland Street Gallery in South Norwalk, CT.

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