Theo Ganz Studio announces an opening reception for Simple Gesture, an exhibition of paintings on steel by Sean Breault and the ceramic figurative sculptures of Judy Sigunick. The reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10, at Theo Ganz Studio in Beacon, while the exhibition runs through Sept. 8.
Breault is originally from Massachusetts and has lived in Beacon for three years via New York City. He studied theater and photography at Northeastern University in Boston. He also studied at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and Circle in the Square Theater School in New York.
He showed recently at Mad Dooley Gallery in Beacon in September 2012.
Breault states that his inspiration comes from the street culture of the 80s with the graffiti, the music, movies and the fashions. He states, “These inspirations have been stirring around in me for some time and with the pieces on steel I have finally been able to distill those feelings and thoughts into something of my own. It’s partly the way it feels – the weight, the strength, the non-fragile quality – but also that it gives me the feelings that I am working on the side of a subway car. A little personal slice of subway, or bodega gate, away from the law and that fear of getting caught.”
Judy Sigunick received her MFA from SUNY New Paltz in 1993 and divides her time between her Cragsmoor, N.Y., studio and teaching ceramics at Dutchess Community College. Her 20-year art practice has incorporated welded steel, ceramics, concrete construction and printmaking.
Sigunick states, “Clay is worked to suggest a range of human attributes, allowing me to grapple with many of today’s most intractable conflicts between people and the complex psychologies that resist simple solutions.”
Her commissioned public art includes the Morse School Hudson River mural in Poughkeepsie; the Ulster County Poorhouse Memorial in New Paltz; the Anderson School for Autism; the Rosendale Rhinoceros and a 60-foot concrete whale on the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie. The studio says it is pleased to present her ceramic sculptures in this exhibition.
Theo Ganz Studio is located at 149 Main St., Beacon. To read more about the artists, visit theoganzstudio.com/exhibitions.