Works by Ada Pilar Cruz and Lucille Tortora open July 5
The Marina Gallery, located in the Village of Cold Spring, announces the opening of Excavated, an exhibition of sculptures by Ada Pilar Cruz, and France Times Two, photographs by Lucille Tortora. The exhibition will open Friday, July 5, and continue through Sunday, July 28. The public is invited to the opening reception for the artists Friday, July 5, 6 – 8 p.m.
Cruz’s Excavated features ceramic sculptural installation, figure sculptures and clay fragments that were fired in a wood-fire kiln and held at high temperature in order to melt ash into glaze. Once fired, the work, which forms part of a series that began in 2009 and consists of 50 figures on sculptural bases for altar and shrine installations, was unloaded and often “excavated” from the kiln ash floor. It was also, at times, put aside as reflection was needed and then “excavated” again from hidden corners in her studio.
In 1985, Tortora traveled to France, spending three weeks photographing the country. Her final stop was Paris, where she planned to go to Notre Dame to capture the gargoyles, but during her stay in Paris, Notre Dame was closed. Tortora’s France project would not be complete without Notre Dame. In 2012, 27 years later, she returned to Paris, climbed the steps to Notre Dame’s roof and photographed the gargoyles. Tortora’s gelatin silver archival prints have been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan.
Marina Gallery, at 153 Main St., is open Thursday through Sunday, noon – 6 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, visit themarinagallery.com or call 845-265-2204.