Exhibit: Looking Up, Looking Out. Curated by Ann Chwatsky
Looking Up, Looking Out
An Exhibit of works by Vija Celmins, Ann Chwatsky, April Gornik and John Torreano
200 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Exhibit runs to September 16, 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
THE SKY IS A VAST STORYBOOK OPEN ABOVE US, but it doesn’t tell the same stories to everyone. For thousands of years, people have looked up and taken from the sky tales that explained some of the amazing things they saw or imagined were there. Through the ancient stories, we learn something about the human mind and with it, something about ourselves. And today, with satellites, probes and moon walks we know so much more. We are all aware of the sky and its unique qualities particular to this area as it reflects the various bodies of water and of its land surfaces.
Artists have long been fascinated by the sky and its solar systems and portrayed their versions of what they “see”. The artists for this exhibit “see” and express very different views of the Universe and its systems that we live with, with the feelings that are there, and with what the universe portends and it feels like to them. Each of these four artists has looked at these concepts in varied ways which we hope will give rein to everyone’s imagination.
Vija Celmins – is a renowned artist whose works have been on display at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York among many others. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1996 and received a MacArthur fellowship in 1997.
Ann Chwatsky – Photographs by Ann have been exhibited widely in galleries and museums throughout the USA and abroad. In addition, her commercial assignments have been published in Newsweek, Newsday, New York Times and many other publications. Her photographs are in many collections as well such as the Forbes Collection, NYC, and the Patagonia Museum of Art,Argentina.
April Gornik – April shows in New York City, where she had been a resident since 1978, and now lives in North Haven, Long Island, NY. She has work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC among others
John Torreano – He has works that have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC among others.