Livingston Center for Art and Culture presents:
6 artists: Joel Kiser, Coral Lambert, Suz Marshak, Karin Neff, Carla Pagliaro, Laura Poinsette, and Kelley Sullivan. July 6 through August 3rd. Reception/Art Walk: Friday, July 28th, 5:30 – 8pm.
“Treasured States” came about in a discovery of travel, looking at objects and amazing landscapes that took our breath away and made us stop, look and feel. The idea that a work of art resonates such that our minds and souls give it immense visual value to the experience. Holding works of art and places in high regard as a visual treasure.
Precious. Stunning. Special.
“My work is about telling stories.” – Joel Kiser
As an artist, I am interested in the tradition of narrative—telling stories. Over the past ten years, my sculpture, performance and installation work has explored the archetypes of myth, fables and tall tales. Using found toys, tools, food and religious knickknacks, I reconfigure and reconceptualize domestic kitsch by casting vignettes that speak to my personal history and our collective consumer culture. The bronze and iron cast sculptures amplify and transfigure the objects into an exaggerated, darkly ironic weightiness that allows the viewer to engage in his/her own narrative interpretation.
Karin Neff is part artist, part scientist. Her background in ecology fuels her curiosity in what makes landscapes look the way they do: how the geology of a place influences soils and how soils, in turn, dictate the plants that are able to thrive. Using colored paper and a scalpel, she interprets the landscapes of central Montana in two-dimensions. She focuses on how color, light and shadow change across the landscape and with the changing seasons. Karin lives in Bozeman, MT.
Coral Penelope Lambert is internationally recognized for working in cast metal as well as producing large scale outdoor sculpture. She is currently Associate Professor of Sculpture at Alfred University where she has also directed the National Casting Center Foundry since 2007.
Lambert studied Sculpture in England receiving her MFA in 1990. Her work can be seen in many collections around the world including the Barbican Center, London, Museum of Steel Sculpture, Ironbridge, Franconia Sculpture Park, MN, Salem Art Works, NY, Pirrkala Sculpture Park in Finland, HuiAn, China, The National Metals Museum in Memphis, Governors Island, Manhattan, Carrie Furnaces, Pittsburgh and Salem Castle, Germany. She is an original Iron Maiden and Founding Director of USUK Iron Symposium 1997-2012 and New Orleans Sculpture Lab 2000- 2005. She chaired the 5th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in 2006 taking it overseas for the first time to the World Heritage site of Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale, UK. Her most recent Fire + Iron Earthworks ‘Volcano Furnace’ are sited at Pedvale Sculpture Park in Latvia and Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri in Italy. She is the recipient of awards including the Gottlieb Foundation Award, Jerome Fellowship, and the Joan Mitchell Grant.
“I grew up in the east, lived in Los Angeles for 16 years, and have now lived in Montana for over 23 years. The relative isolation here has made it a perfect place for me to paint. My main concerns in painting have always been space and color, and this has manifested in many different ways.”
I deal in daydreams, portraying nature in an imagined tone. Living in Montana, I do not have to go much farther than my backdoor to find inspiration. The healthy ecology provides unlimited source material to reengineer in playful and peculiar ways. My work is a tribute to the small wonders that animate and keep us curious.
Kelly is a mixed media painter and Bozeman native. She carries a strong belief that art should evoke a response, with feelings deeply personal and potentially different for each viewer. Working with few preconceptions, Kelley lets the medium decide much of their own path. With mountains or sea at the heart, she attempts to create an emotional landscape by building layer upon layer – dipping, soaking, and drenching the canvas in water after each application of paint until images emerge. Her work has been shown extensively in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sausalito, California. Her pieces have been published in multiple international mixed media coffee table books and many of her paintings can be found in private collections across the U.S. and Canada.