COLONY – Bright floating fabric echoes a cityscape, and a handful of pastel specks are swallowed up by galactic-like foam in “Cut & Color”.
Presented in the gallery at Albany Airport, quieter than usual, the exhibition uses everyday materials, combining them so that they become unknown and the viewer is forced to look at them in a new light. day.
While the title is reminiscent of what many said when visiting their hairstylists when they reopened after this summer, the exhibit has a different sense of immediacy, showcasing abstract works in styles that are both busy and uncluttered. .
It opens on the latter, with a wall sculpture by Michael Milton, where stripes of alternating tones of warm and muted colors juxtapose in colliding shapes.
The room is followed by a vast fabric fresco which extends over an exhibition wall. Created by Melissa Dadourian, the piece overlays a circle of transparent purple material with many rectangular pieces of beloved fabric. “I will stay with you”, the title of the play, gives the viewer a sense of comfort and brings back tactile memories.
Not far away are Gina Occhiogrosso’s vibrant abstract collages. In “Red Drift”, she combines fabric and paint and crosses geometric shapes to create new ones. Bright red, blue and white circles intersect to form new figures; some look like stars while others are less familiar. In “Verso”, the artist glues squares of white fabric with bright spots of multicolored circles.
His work, perhaps most obviously, reflects the title and introduction of the exhibition: “The qualities of abstraction that characterize these works mean that instead of looking as through windows into a story, we can to trace associations with nature, architecture and the body in all its male and female variations. An invitation is also made to soak up the optics of carefully positioned color combinations, whose vibration and saturation are both nuanced and uplifting.
In a room right next to Occhiogrosso’s works, Dadourian plays with everyday ideas of architecture and landscape in his installation “Dream Attack”. Sheets of fabric with window-shaped cutouts hang from the ceiling and walls, floating with the movement of passers-by and air conditioning. Timber structures echoing window bars and other familiar urban structures are placed throughout the installation, which culminates towards the center with rocks painted in shocking shades of orange, coral and gold. .
Just outside the cityscape-like room are Tamara Zahaykevich’s layered sculptures, which invite viewers to walk in and marvel.
A slanted mountain-like structure with black pieces of foam board stands in the center of the section. From the front, the work looks dark, but a quick glance from the other side gives a different perspective. No more solid black coloring; instead, we get a hollowed-out mountain, with just a few pieces of foam board holding it precariously. It is topped with a touch of bright yellow. Called “Old Man of the Mountain,” it deserves more than a glance or two (or a walk).
Nearby, in one of Zahaykevich’s largest wall sculptures, crisscrossing pastel tones are engulfed by a cloudy mass of black moss. Dotted with splashes of color, the foam recalls a muted galactic print. The work, titled “Whole Black,” juxtaposes the darkness of the moss with the spots of pastel in a way that calls attention to everyone’s light.
A tour of “Cut & Color”, assisted by the airport soundscape of rolling luggage, footsteps and tickets mixed together, feels like traveling. For those who, like many, are stuck at home this summer with canceled vacation or summer camp plans, a trip to the airport gallery may be in order, if only to take a step back. and make the ubiquitous a little less.
The exhibition runs until September 7. For more information visit albanyairport.com.
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