Steve Alexander, Ramon Alcolea, Stephanie Roberts-Camello
William Hamlin, Vicky Tomayko
Vicky Tomayko Rebirth of a City
September 19 – October 8, 2014
Reception: Friday September 19 6-8 PM
STEVE ALEXANDER was born in Boston. He has travelled widely and lived all over the United States. An Army veteran, he lived several years stationed in Germany. His friends know him as a loyal, generous and very funny guy; a great prankster and storyteller. He studied art briefly while living in New Orleans where he was co-owner of a shop called Rave On. He has an impressive knowledge of antique glass and other collectables and is, in the very best sense of the word, an autodidact.
Steve lives and works in Boston after some years on the Maine coast and is making art daily and at a furious pace, working in a studio in an urban suburb of Boston’s downtown. His work is vibrant, alive and imbued with a hope that is sometimes associated with working with found objects, though these collages stretch the definition to exhilaration. He makes paintings and objects with found materials and (sparingly) his own marks, but also seeks trashed paintings and cuts them up into small pieces of color and texture, using the pieces to ‘paint’ his own new work. In these ‘mosaic paintings’ Alexander finds meaning in repurposed fragments of everyday life also suggesting a way of making sense from loss by repurposing material and meaning here in the present.
Alexander will present a suite of mosaic paintings, which he has described as an attempt to make a map or to find a new way to be. He seems to suggest that meaning can be created out of what remains, or whatever surrounds one. This artist’s naturalness at embedding a highly personal narrative and his use of repetition as a restorative device sets his work apart from more typical outsider or folk artists. Meaning, material, humor, and formal issues are all woven naturally and skillfully into something that first feels new and then continues to engage through time with fascinating detail and skill.
Variation on Paradiso IV
RAMON ALCOLEA was born in Spain, studied at the Corcoran School of Art Washington D.C, graduated from Parsons School of Design NYC 1985 and has been living in Provincetown, Ma. since 1989. He has received grants and awards from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, The New York Council on the Arts and Massachusetts Cultural Council among others. He has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Blue Mountain Center, Ragdale Foundation, Cummington Community for the Arts and Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Alcolea was also a member of the Honolulu Printmakers during the 1990′s creating a distinct series of collage- monoprints based on the local flora, and has been an active member of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum since 1989.
While at Parson School of Design he became the assistant to Ronald Bladen, a founder of the Minimalism movement, the 1950′s & early 1960′s prominent school of artistic expression. Working with him till his death in 1988, Ramon became an integral part of Bladen’s legacy. In 2006 he became co-director of the Estate of Ronald Bladen LLC, a position through which he expresses dedication to the cultural importance of art as well as a belief of the continuity of all art.
Since 2004 when his Provincetown sculpture studio was built he has been working on a blending of minimalism, an appreciation of pure form, and a love for Baroque motion and emotion. “Paradiso” is a combination of these concerns and a continuing exploration of their unity. “Paradiso” wall sculptures are constructed of light plywood with an inner form of supporting wood strips that allow the sculpture to remain structurally light while retaining a sense of mass and strength. Separate sections are connected at different levels of depth. Finally the color plays on those levels to create new visual relations and visual clarity. Much of his work since the 1980′s are series that range from small maquettes, collage- monoprints, drawings and either wall or standing sculptures in wood that have used local found objects.
For this exhibition he will present work from his series titled “Paradiso”. Like most of his work, “Paradiso” is a series of related sculptures tied to a central theme of volume, color and emotion using a minimalist logic. The work’s size and weight permit portability and simple installation which allows it to be part of an ongoing dialogue between artists and does not inhibit it’s abilities to be seen in a variety of public or private settings.
Building A Wall
STEPHANIE ROBERTS CAMELLO works in a woodland area south of Boston, Ma. Her studio is surrounded by a forest, pond, and swampland. Having lived and worked in this rich and thriving habitat for most of her life, she has gained a keen sense of the constant change and transformation in nature and how new forms can grow and evolve. Roberts has been drawn to Provincetown since the mid-nineties for its thriving arts community, creative atmosphere, and camaraderie of fellow abstract painters. The seeds of abstraction have roots here and are evoked in her compositional space and gestural mark making. Her use of texture and stacked shapes show a strength and complexity more common to large works, yet it is this contrast that makes the work compelling and reminiscent of the small collages of Leo Manso, which hold you in their dynamic constructual space. Her work continues in the continually evolving abstract expressionist tradition of Lillian Orlowsky, George McNeil and many others.
For the last few years, Roberts’ work has been rooted in abstraction with clear references to her environment and these permutations. Recent work speaks to us on a more intimate level. There is a feeling of landscape with its traditional sense of ecstasy the divine, but Roberts’ “places” are driven from an interiority with its own set of conditions. Working mainly in oil on paper with an occasional collage element, these abstractions show a love of paint, composition, color, and texture. They are fresh, colorful, and compelling in their mysterious origins.
Stephanie earned a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1985. She has exhibited extensively in the Northeast, winning many awards in juried shows, and received an artist residency grant at the Vermont Studio Center. Her paintings and collages are in many public and private collections. We will present a suite of new paintings on paper.
BILL HAMLIN is a photographer whose work is recognizable by his unique method of weaving his photographs. His series of woven images have encompassed an in depth study of water, as well as the classic range of subjects including the landscape, still life and portraiture. His current series of woven photographs focuses on the male figure. The images transcend the ordinary and are elevated into a whole new reality by his meticulous technique. The woven photographs are about 13” x 20” all in editions of 10.
Hamlin started experimenting with different techniques while studying photography at NYU’s Tisch School of the Art. An added interest in Cubism and its theories led him to a double major in art history. It was a combination of the two – the practical techniques of photography and the aesthetics of art he used together to create a series of collages in the style of David Hockney and a series of photographic extensions inspired by Lucas Samaras, which eventually led him to his own technique – the woven photograph. Hamlin lives and works in Provincetown.
For this exhibition he will present a new group of woven photographs that consider the male nude as a subject and a historical reference.
VICKY TOMAYKO is an artist and printmaker who works with a variety of techniques to create one-of-a-kind prints. She teaches at Cape Cod Community College, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Summer Program. She manages the print studio for the Fine Arts Work Center during the 7 month Residency Program, and for the Massachusetts College of Art Low Residency Masters Program, providing workshops and one-on-one instruction. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Orleans for ten years. Tomayko was assistant professor of printmaking at Connecticut College, 1979 through 1981, and was awarded a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in 1985. She received an MFA in printmaking from Western Michigan University, and has been the recipient of two Ford Foundation Grants. She is represented by the Schoolhouse Gallery and has been included in exhibitions in New York, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, Basel, Venice, Istanbul, Basel, and Melbourne. Vicky will present new prints.