Born on this day in 1925, Gerald Garston distills the randomness and multiplicity of our visual world into its essences. His deceptively simple paintings look behind the objects that clutter and confuse our lives to to see shapes, structures, and colors, intensified and purified, in pleasing and rational coexistence. The effect of contemplating a Garston painting is profoundly meditative.
“…the result I am trying to achieve is a true beauty, on my own terms.” (Mark Davis)
Born on this day in 1954, Mark Davis is a self-taught metalworker who began making jewelry in his teens. His initial forays into mobiles utilized the metals of his jewelry making: sterling silver, gold plating, and brass. The variety of styles and materials that Davis uses to build his mobiles has expanded dramatically over the years to create a complex and compelling body of work.
Roz Karol Ablow, was born on this day in 1931. She began her career first at Bennington College in Vermont and went on to study Visual arts at Boston University under David Aronson. Her work features mixed-media collage pieces that are both striking and colorful abstractions of the scenes of everyday existence. Today Roz focuses on educating, curating, writing, and lecturing throughout New England.
Roger Bowman, born on this date in 1948, is inspired by nature but rarely works from life– creating objects without being restricted to staying true to the real object. The texture, light, composition, and tone in his still lifes intermingle to create a cohesive yet magical statement. Always interested in still life he says, “Textures, light, the arrangement of objects and how they relate to one another can be magic.” Bowman reveals the vulnerability of nature and beauty, as his subjects show the timeworn effects of age and use.
We are so proud of Gallery artist Ali Clift for her current exhibition at the Naples Art Association. The show highlights works from across Clift’s prolific career. If you are in the area make sure to stop by and check out her magic in cloth! #naplesartassociation#naples#puckergallery#aliclift
While at Colby, I’ve had the opportunity to try a variety of different internships. Some of my favorites have been a summer internship at The Mansion on O Street (@omansion) in Washington DC, and my internship this JanPlan at Pucker Gallery (@puckergallery) in Boston, MA. Thanks to @DavisConnects, I was able to get funding that allowed me to rent an apartment and live in the city on my own! My internship experience has been incredibly valuable as I start looking for a job, and it’s also been a ton of fun to explore different career options in a variety of fields. - Rachel ‘18
So great to see long time friend Lucien Koonce at the Pucker Gallery talk this afternoon! Many years ago he helped us a lot with glazing and firing kilns at Ben Owen Pottery during the 1990s . Check out his amazing wood fired work on his Facebook Page! #lucienkoonce , #benowenpottery , #puckergallery ,
I will be in Boston for a special workshop and lecture at Harvard University Ceramics Department on February 1st. If you are in the New England area and have a chance to attend, it will be a great time! My show at Pucker Gallery will open on February 3rd. For more info on the workshop, go to https://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/event/visiting-artist-demonstration-ben-owen-iii. More on the exhibition in another post. #harvardceramics , #benowenpottery , #puckergallery
This is a newly made commission for a client through Pucker Gallery.
Titled THE COMING SEASON it is made of brass mounted to the wall and very lightweight aluminum moving sections. It is roughly 4 feet high and stands out from the wall 8 inches.
I created a model for the client, then made the finished piece according to their dimensions. I was very happy with the results !
The series Dance evolved from a deep, fascination with physics and movement. Its elegance, beauty, power, spirit… The wonderful motion of dancers holds importance to me because it is what I strive for in my work. The ability to move with one’s whole body, from the inside out, to truly let go and open oneself up to a surprising spontaneity - that comes with complete connection to the moment, all this is my process, the thing that enables my work to move, and all this is held within the body and practice of the dancer.
In the beginning of the creating of these pieces, I felt that my images were unsuccessful. I was far too controlled, too precious with them in my desire to pay homage and proper respect. While the images were drawn with adequate technique, they were failing to capture what I needed them to say. It was at this point though, looking at my mediocre work, when I felt I had nothing left to lose, which finally enabled me to make a bold move. This cannot help but elevate the work to a poignant and powerful space. You cannot simply decide to make this move, it must arise within. Should I attempt to force it, it would never work. There is a quote which I have held close for years ... “Make bold moves, and powerful forces will come to your aid.” This has been an absolutely essential piece of my creative process. It is when we put everything on the line, that glorious place of > nothing to lose,
allows an authentic Energy to flow.
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