Gallery owner Bob Smith got it right when he said the newest exhibit at Gallery4 is “a feast for the eyes.” The works featured at “6@4″ present a fascinating exploration of color, contrast, and form, palatable to the senses and pleasing to behold. The exhibit features six local artists: Joseph Edwards Alexander, Victoria McGeoch, Susan Strauss, Gedas Paskauskas, Mark Wholey, and Harry Nadler, each dynamic in their own right.
Harry Nadler –long represented at Gallery4, and nationally acclaimed– strikes a emotive chord as you enter left the exhibit with a wall-sized color abstraction, uncharacteristic of his usual geometric paintings, but equally, if not more, charged. Juxtaposed with more familiar geometric splices of color his paintings articulate strength, power, and mysticism entirely un-matched. Among his credits, Nadler’s work was showcased at the Louvre in 1972.
Tucked between canvases around the gallery is the sculpture work of Victoria McGeoch. Her bronze and iron figures capture familiar emotions with deep, muscular and poised human forms. Victoria combines an element of fashion into each sculpture, drawing on a combined passion for textiles and beauty of the natural landscape. Victoria is a resident of Little Compton.
Gedas Paskauskas likewise resides in Little Compton and makes his mark on the walls of Gallery4 with a series of stark and simplistic ink paintings, and a small selection of colorful oil paintings inspired by his travels. The paintings are clean, pure, and soothing.
Across the room, viewing the work of Joseph Edwards Alexander is like remembering a daydream; a surprise of vivid colors flood through acrylic brushstrokes with fervor and splendor. The gallery also represents a deviation from his bold abstractions, showcasing serene and light-filled New England scenes.
Sunny and spacious is the work of Susan Strauss. She masters the canvas with indefinite depth and lightness of color in a series of reflective oil paintings produced with a plain air technique. Her representation at this show has comes after a successful debut at Gallery4 last year and substantial involvement with important local arts communities.
But perhaps the most stunning is the work of Mark Wholey that greets visitors to this bold exhibit with a lighting bolt-like outdoor sculpture at the entrance to the gallery. “Hephastus” is a greek-inspired representation of the god of metallurgy, “composed, yet a bit spastic.” The work celebrates the capable emotion of metal and also of color; “violet is linked with the need to delve into hidden and obscure knowledge, it promotes the search into the meaning of life, ideals, and perfection.” Mark’s abstract sculpture work is also showcased indoors.
This summer 6@4 offers an exclusive chance to view powerful art amidst a tranquil rural landscape, and local art at that. 6@4 will be open July 5th through September 29th. For more information visit www.gallery4tiverton.com.