One way to look at visual art, and perhaps all art, is to think of it as a slice of life – of someone’s life, both seen and lived.
The artist sees then shares the gaze.
Artists select pieces of the world – whether meaningful or not, beautiful or not, real or not – and record them through the human gift of creativity.
In “Piecework,” Cypress Gallery star artist Elizabeth Monks Hack (your servant) peered in and out of the windows of her home. She reassembled her doors, windows and walls in pieces of canvas sewn together to create a series of “patchwork paintings”. His intention is that each piece of canvas be experienced one slice at a time.
The works include elements of realism and abstraction that blend together like meditative works of art. The pieces were designed during the months (and months) of sequestration during the pandemic.
Despite this, they are sunny and hopeful, focusing on light and the effects of color harmony.
Monks Hack has been sewing clothes since she received her first sewing machine at age 11 and has always enjoyed the shapes and potential of flat-patterned pieces.
After college, she worked in the fashion industry where it became natural for her to see the creative potential in leftover pieces of fabric. Throughout her career, she has integrated textile patterns and geometric shapes into her art. The exhibition includes older works, demonstrating an ongoing progression of style.
In a corner of the main gallery, something new and special awaits the viewer.
Sculptor Chuck Klein has contributed evocative pieces of hand-carved and turned wood that reflect both ancient and modern sensibilities. The wood is lovingly rendered and true to its specific character.
The place where nature becomes art is gently transformed. The wonderfully carved “Buddha” sits under a natural tree branch with hand-carved leaves, just like “Suspended Seed”.
On the walls surrounding Klein’s work are lavish pastels of succulents by Klein’s wife, Deborah Breedon.
The shimmering and rich colors of their leaves merge into atypical compositions that captivate the viewer.
In the adjacent corner, glass paintings by Kristine Kelley also sparkle and shine, especially the stunning “Winter Aurora”.
A sumptuous light emanates from the open oranges and cherries of Chris Jeszeck’s colorful ‘Fruit Delight’.
Between them is Tom Chrones’ gritty and compelling “Street Fiddler” photography, a black-and-white depiction of urban realities.
A breath of fresh air is blowing over the works of Michael Corob. His many watercolors of floral and fruit motifs are painted with a skilful and natural hand, à la Matisse.