To celebrate the emergence from an especially grey winter and the omnipresent mud of April, Van Brunt Projects presents Chroma, a jubilation of color, featuring the work of three of the region’s most vibrant artists: Gabe Brown, Amy Cheng and Laura Moriarty. Chroma opens Saturday, May 10, Beacon Second Saturday, in the upstairs gallery at Hudson Beach Glass, with an artists’ reception from 6 to 9 p.m.
Brown’s works jingle jangle along the edge of representation and abstraction. Trees germinate from tessellated forms and songs of saturated hue emerge from raven black birds. One might think of Klee, twittering away, in a space between a knowing smile and just plain knowing.
Cheng didn’t start out to make mandalas. Her point of entry was formal: the circle within a square, her goal: to make centered, iconic images. As what she now calls the Mandala series progressed, she gradually recognized a connection to “the sacred, the largeness of life (and) to being one with the universe.” In essence, Cheng is making art that, while it bursts with chroma, decelerates to the speed of revelation.
Moriarty is an archaeologist of the sublime. Her digs are in her Rosendale studio; the terrain is radiantly colored wax and her excavation tool is a heated machete. The fossils she uncovers are from tomorrow as opposed to yesterday.
Chroma is curated by Suzanne Ball and will run from May 10 through June 8. Hudson Beach Glass is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 845-440-0068. The gallery is located at 162 Main St., Beacon, 2nd floor.
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Photo courtesy of Van Brunt Projects