Now and Then
Please join us from Monday, February 25, 2013 to Friday, March 15, 2013
“The works of Claudia Sperry communicate a depth of meaning beyond mere appearance,” writes David Gibson, an independent New York curator and arts writer. “They speak of the struggle to achieve meaningful form, a role that only the artist is prepared to fulfill. Sperry has developed an aesthetic that combines the conscious and unconscious qualities of painterly expression, giving each painting a memory of its own, and a dynamic borrowed from her precursors, the alchemists. Place one color next to another, read the signs, build a form that accrues in meaning as it adds to an oeuvre. It’s not about analysis, her work, but about feeling our way through an experience. Ambiguity is her greatest tool. She speaks not to the viewer, but to the painting, asking it questions which it refuses to answer. The truth is that meaning follows beauty, the rest is silence.”
The promise of painting, especially abstract painting, has to do with its ability to take us into various modes of the world. Each painter attempts to delineate a specific perspective on how matter is organized, how space is allotted, how color and light, depth and viscosity work to establish standards for understanding how the universe affects us. Sperry achieves a level of mature investigation into such matters.
The exhibit will be displayed from Monday, February 25, 2013 to Friday, March 15, 2013. Please join us for the opening reception that will take place Sunday, March 3 from 2-4pm.
All events are free and open to the public. Made possible by the UMass Arts Council, the GSS, the SGA, and an ECSA (Engage, Connect, Serve, Achieve) Grant, which is funded by the CSD and the Division of Student Affairs & Campus Life.