Nancy Natale, Globalization, from “Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic”
The Hunterdon Art Museum welcomes warmer weather with four diverse new exhibitions that will have visitors donning 3D glasses, wondering if they’re seeing light suspended, admiring an artist who uses snow in her drawings and discovering the talents of the visionaries who converted a stone mill into an art museum.
The new exhibitions run until September 7.
Darren McManus’s work in Tangents spans a decade in the making and represents a paradox of sorts. In his paintings, color is used to create harmony and extreme contrast: Hard-edged forms share the same space as blurry, amorphous masses; and, natural imagery such as flowers and plant life coexist with technological or mechanized motifs. The surfaces of his paintings are super flat, but possess holographic effects which viewers can appreciate when wearing 3D glasses.
McManus teaches at Raritan Valley Community College and was a recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections.
Thirty artists nationwide demonstrate the incredible visual possibilities of working with encaustics, the technique of using heated and melted pigmented beeswax to create art in Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic The exhibition includes paintings, prints, collage and sculptural works that show how artists are taking this ancient process in new directions.
This exhibition offers an extraordinary range of expression and allows viewers to discover how luminosity plays a vital role for artists who work with encaustics. Wax lends the appearance of holding the light momentarily before releasing it, giving the viewer the sensation of seeing light suspended.
For Sky Pape: Traces of Places, whose abstractions explore nature through unconventional uses of traditional drawing materials, water serves as a creative material and a muse. She works with handmade kozo paper and created the works in this exhibition with black Sumi ink and water in various forms: Mist, ice, rain and snow — each of which make a different kind of mark when combined with the ink. When Pape began her career, she worked as a painter — until her studio and home were destroyed by a fire set by a mentally unstable neighbor. She turned away from painting and discovered a deep passion for drawing.
Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Tiffany & Co., Le Cirque du Soleil, and other public, corporate and private collections.