James Allen & Robert Gigliotti

 Showing in the Main Gallery
August 28-October 23

James Allen Altered books and mixed media paintings

James Allen Altered books and mixed media paintings

James Allen makes altered books, known as Book Excavations, and multi media paintings on panels.  The Book Excavations are made by altering found books.  He cuts into the books to reveal the content in a new way.  The books are still bound, none of the pages are moved, and no images, words, or pages are added. Instead the Book Excavation is made using a reductive process to reveal the pages of the book as they were originally bound. Allen is intrigued by revisiting the old images and ideas found in books that have often been forgotten. He is especially interested in old hand made illustrations and technical drawings and how the styles have evolved though different times and places.  The images cut out of these excavations often appear as image transfers in his multimedia paintings on panels.  Using both wintergreen oil,  and acrylic medium Allen transfers his found images onto wood  panels. In all of his works Allen hopes to create hidden and poetic narratives and dreamscapes that pull ideas of the past into the present and  create a sense of adventure and discovery.

Robert Gigliotti "Pianoman" bronze

Robert Gigliotti “Pianoman” bronze

Robert Gigliotti is a sculptor working in bronze and stone.  He often likes to characterize his work as visual koan, borrowing a word from Zen practice. “Koans teach us that the separation of subject and object is an illusion. I approach sculpture from two different perspectives.  First, I try to make each piece interesting on a truly visual level.  Secondly, I attempt to use symbolism from the physical world, mythology and spiritual practices to challenge the viewer’s paradigms about our relationships to each other and to the universe. The mechanisms that I use most often are to challenge people’s paradigms by juxtaposing elements of the design in ways the viewer doesn’t expect. And secondly, by leaving out elements the viewer does expect.”  Some of the work seems to have misplaced the laws of physics. Robert will also be showing some of his stone carving work as well.

Andre Auble & Tim Timmerman

Showing in the Feature Area
August 28-September 21

Andrew Auble "Saharan Cig" collage

Andrew Auble “Saharan Cig” collage

Andrew Auble is a collage artist whose materials come from surprising places.  The collages are made from found materials collected at second hand stores and the city dump (just to name a few sources).  Although it may be difficult to discern, these materials include: security envelopes, gift bags, wrapping paper, contact paper, stickers, magazines, and foil from packaging.  Each composition is developed first as a sketch, which later functions as a map or schematic grid of where to adhere said materials.  Figures clad in uniform-esque attire exist in geometric worlds that deliver a graphic punch.  Colors are bold, fields are absolute, and lines are severe… angles and postures are implicit.  Topics range from consumer habits to social dynamics to religion to the relationship between humans and technology.  Relatively serious subject matter is mitigated well with humor.

Tim Timmerman "Tender" mixed media with cast glass

Tim Timmerman “Tender” mixed media with cast glass

Tim Timmerman creates his mixed media sculpture from various objects he’s collected over the years.  Tim says it best “Before, each composition was developed first as a sketch, which later functions as a map or schematic grid of where to adhere said materials. I felt I was invited to surrender to the process of art making.  I am by nature a planner with my work, more often than not doing a variety of sketches before ever beginning something. I know in my head generally what I want a work to look like way before I begin.  This time I worked differently, I simply looked at the materials I had at hand; the piles of objects, figures, detritus and Tupperware boxes full of assemblage materials, scraps, memorabilia and fabric and I let them talk to me.  I looked at what I had at hand and followed where it where it wanted to go.  The objects were the words that would create sentences, paragraphs and statements and I found they had much to say once they all got together.”