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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lytle, Jacobs exhibits open Fri., Feb. 28, at Giampietro Gallery

Giampietro Gallery—Works of Art
315 Peck St., New Haven, (203) 777-7760
Blinn Jacobs: New Work
Richard Lytle: No Still Life
Feb. 28—Mar. 29, 2014.
Reception: Fri., Feb. 28, 6—8 p.m.
Artists' Talk: Sat., Mar. 15, 2 p.m.
Press release from Giampietro Gallery

Fred Giampietro Gallery is pleased to announce the solo-exhibitions of new works by artists Richard Lytle and Blinn Jacobs. The shows will be on view from Feb. 28—Mar. 29 at the Erector Square location at 315 Peck St., with an opening reception on Fri., Feb. 28, from 6—8 p.m. and an artists' talk on Sat., Mar. 15, at 2 p.m.

No Still Life, is the first solo show by Richard Lytle at the gallery. Discovery is the first thing that comes to mind when experiencing one of Richard Lytle’s virtuosic oils on canvas. Imagine walking deep into the forest and stumbling on a utopian vista. A silent, solitary, awareness comes over you. This is for the moment, if you turn away, it could vanish. The extraordinary grounding power of this work evokes a sense of solitude, mystery and place.

Richard Lytle: "Quartet"

Richard Lytle has been exhibiting his work internationally since the 1950’s. He was a Teaching Assistant for Joseph Albers at Yale University School of Art. His work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions including; the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Coral Gables, FL, American Embassies around the world, Harvard University, Boston, MA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, and the Worlds Fair in Seattle. Lytle has been awarded many prestigious awards including the Saint Gaudens Medal and the Citation for Professional Achievement from Cooper Union. His work is included in many public and private collections including Yale University, the Albrecht Gallery Museum of Arts, Columbia University, the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, The National Museum of Art, Washington, DC and the Rockefeller Collection in NY.

Blinn Jacobs describes her work in a recent statement as being, "a dialogue between polygonal shaped canvases and the use of 'painterliness' in regard to the interaction of color. Some of the works retain surface clarity; others become saturated by manipulation of graphic marks and various media. All involve a process-oriented manner that allows for discovery and a freedom to extemporize. I am interested in using a variety of materials. Sometimes a whimsical and playfulness undermines the geometric formality of the work. Whether it is delicate weavings of ribbon or intersecting planes of transparent color where the hard edges are cajoled into an animated rhythm, I hope to merge movement with stability, transparency with opacity, and labor with play."

Blinn Jacobs: "X"

Blinn Jacobs received her BFA from the Yale University School of Art and her MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. Blinn’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Jacobs has been awarded many prestigious awards, grants, and residences including the State of Connecticut General Assembly Citation, The Dr. Thomas Ayoub and Christine Dombrowski Awards, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency in Sweet Briar, VA, and the Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus Fellowship, International Residency in Schwandorf Germany.

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