Channeling Flow: Alan Horwitz + Nan Adams Art Exhibit
October 07, 2012 4:00 pm - October 31, 2012 5:00 pm
Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library
Artist Information - Alan Horwitz
Artist Information - Alan Horwitz
Alan is a natural found objects artist by avocation and a custom men's clothier by vocation. He dedicated an earlier season of his life to developing his career and raising children.
Now, a new season provides the space in his life for explorin his creative passions.
Both at home in Stony Creek and in his travels, Alan has long been a collector of objects found in nature. Inspired by these offerings of the earth, Alan in turn aspires to convey this
experience to his viewers. This is Alan's first exhibit.
The experience of nature has always been, for me, miraculous and profound. As a child inspired by Anne Lindbergh's book, Gifts From the Sea, I began collecting shells. As my experiences in natural settings expanded, so too did the range of materials I collected-wood, rocks, feathers, and bones. In recent years I began to work with these materials using the skills I learned in my much loved high school wood and metal shop.
My work begins with a perception of something in a found object: a bird, a fish, a face. At my studio (or the "gypsy camp" as my wife calls it), I work to enhance this original image.
Creating my art is an evolutionary process fed by the energy of the earth materials with which I work. During this process, I am reminded of the origin of the materials that I use and of my personal experiences associated with them. I have found materials that have inspired me at locations as local as Stony Creek's Trolley Trail and Guilford's Westwoods; beyond to Provincetown's National Seashore and the Berkshire's Appalachian Trail and as far as Mexico, France, and most recently, Israel and the West Bank.
Faced with the ethical dilemma of removing these gifts of the earth from their original locations, I created a code which I strive to live by- "The Covenant of the Tree":
- Take no living thing.
- Take only materials that are plentiful (for example, driftwood from locations where it is so readily available, it is used for firewood).
- Remove trash found along the way especially those items that could harm the environment.
- Express gratitude to the plant or animal for its gifts.
Working with these objects of the earth both consumes me and replenishes my soul. It is my hope that in turn, my work brings the replenishing spirit of these objects into the lives of those who view them.
Artist Information - Nan Adams
Born into a family that placed a great value on the arts, I have pursued this interest all my life, experimenting with various disciplines (dancing, painting, printmaking, and animation) and striving to bring form to my own inner journey. In my youth I received strong cultural saturation from my parents and their circle of friends. An apprenticeship with a talented sculptress taught me printmaking techniques. My formal education included The Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, New York University with a concentration in art history, and SCSU in art education with a hope of teaching young people a process of self-exploration.
Throughout my life I have loved animation and cinematography. This passion culminated in a collaboration with artist, architect and composer, David Powrie. We received a grant from NEA and some awards from film festivals, and films have been seen on Channel 13 and CPTV. Exhibitions of my work included several one artist shows. I was represented in Manhattan by The Red and The Black and a gallery in Locust Valley, New York.
I am always seeking a dialogue with the canvas. My images speak to me and I follow what they say. I make a stroke and ask "What does this say to me?" and then respond. Painting is a journey , a constantly unfolding story. The piece becomes a frame out of a moving picture and I capture the moment in time. At that moment creativity flows, and a deeper essence can come forth. When I make something from such a state of mind I discover that other people usually recognize some significance in the work. I strive to strike a chord that rings true.
My art work has always been an extremely internal and personal expression. My pictures tend to express the fullness, richness, birthing, and transformative aspects of life. A carefully mixed palette of high chroma colors are used with an innate compositional sense that helps to place forms effectively on the picture plane. The main figures are often female; some appear to be goddesses. My subject matter are frequently dreams and scenes with a mythological quality. It is always identifiably figurative - though abstracted - with definite references to cubism and abstract expressionism.
I have been currently working on monotypes. They are influenced by my work in animation. Facial features are repeated and abstracted. A raw expression displays my fascination with portraying honestly the feelings welling up in a particular moment. Brushwork and style show a certain spontaneity, which gives the canvas life. Painting is a dialogue with deeper understandings in myself. Creation becomes a means of self-discovery, a constant investigation.
Exhibitions, Numerous one artist shows including: Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven,
Ct., 2012, 2011, 2010. Sunshine, Guilford, Ct., 2009. Yale Medical School Library, New
Haven, Ct., 2007 2002. Daylesford Abbey, Paoli, PA 2006. Open Studios, New Haven,
Ct., 2002 and 2004. Madison Art Cinemas, Madison, Ct., August 2002. York Square
Cinema, 2000 Neverending Bookstore, New Haven, Ct., 1997. Ra, Wallingford Ct.,
1997. Edge of the Woods, New Haven, CT., 1990 Melys Gallery, Locust Valley, Long
Island, NY. 1987. Represented by The Red and The Black, Manhattan, NY., 1986-1987.
Old Lyme Gallery, Lyme, Ct. 1980.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Alan D. Horwitz