Remember the Gone
Ceres Gallery presents Lynne Mayocole Remember the Gone.
The tragedy of our current time took over, lurking in every corner of my studio, demanding expression, inevitably altering the original exhibition theme I expected to be working from. I do not see Remember the Gone as a response to personal tragedy; rather a response to the events of the world around us, that are affecting all of us and changing our lives without regard for personal divisions.
Remember the Gone consists of a series of ceramic forms, paintings on board, and drawings that calls to themes of mortality. Mayocole found herself meditating on current events, the calamity that we are all facing, together or apart. Distorted, ghostly humanoid masks and faces are presented, with empty eye sockets and grimacing mouths, both toothless and not, expressively revealing the interior of the mouth, of the head; the seat of consciousness, of bodily animation.
The muted scroll decoration complements the somber, earth-colored ceramics, the black, red, and white paintings. All feature leering, skull-like faces that call to each other across dimensions. They form a chorus with the drawing of a ventilator in an empty room, a helplessly eloquent image that reminds us of our responsibility as witnesses to life, to mourn the dead.
Lynne Mayocole is a sculptor currently residing in Manhattan. Born into a family of artists, the daughter of a sculptor who studied with Archipenko and a violinist who toured Europe before the Second World War, Mayocole studied at the Art Students’ League and Columbia University. She completed her BA cum laude at Mt. Holyoke, and her MA at Teachers College, which retains one of Mayocole’s pieces in its collection. Mayocole worked as an assistant to Nat Kaz and worked with Tony Padavano at Columbia.
Mayocole’s work is known for connecting sculpture and narrative through installation, and has been shown in New York City, Paris, Costa Rica, Oslo, Albuquerque, and at Storm King Sculpture Park. Mayocole is an active member of the National Arts Club, where she serves as the co-chair of the Archaeology Committee.
Artist will be present from 3-5 pm,
Artist will be present Wed, May 26, Sat, June 5, Sat, June 19.
May 25 – June 19, 2021
Today was tomorrows yesterdays
Ceres Gallery presents Michelle Stone today was tomorrow yesterdays.
Time will not leave us unscathedHold obscure buried secrets and treasures- Excavating stolen dreams and transforming them yet Frozen from too many choices and rickety definitions, Forgotten joys melted in the cracks Hidden in light and eroding in shadows They are Not named but seen- remembered and twisted in deep and shallow holes and absolutes- Stray feral thoughts unattached Love of decay and fresh mold – yes growing color Fear of rebirth and ghosts of regret …Begin and End Reflections and Echoes.
Textured layers of matte and gloss paint invigorate the images and content in the work of Michelle Stone. She constructs an ecosystem of hybrid forms, characters and shadows that inhabit ominous landscapes and emerge from or fade into dark, ambiguous places. Stone’s depictions whether abstract or explicit, portray themes of conflict, adaptation, and the interconnectedness of the natural world. Her sculptures, installations, and paintings may strike a person as unsettling as they teeter between grotesque and whimsical and urge viewers to explore and examine the recesses of their interior worlds. While critics have described her work as “brazenly personal,” her stated objective is to capture the inevitability of development and deterioration, the “organic process that we share with all living creatures – growth, transformation and decay.”
Artist will be present June 5 and June 12, 3-5pm
EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 19
Ann R. Shapiro
Ceres Gallery presents VANISHING, an exhibition by Ann R. Shapiro, depicting the current environmental crisis in two ways: in digital collages on canvas she focuses on issues in individual countries and states, while in the torn paper collages the literal narrative refers to the broken world in general.
The digital collages on canvas are part of an on-going series subsumed under the title of MAPS and CLIMATE CHANGE. In VANISHING, the focus is on countries, cities and states, where the primary emphases are on rising waters, rising temperatures and flooding. The work is entirely computer generated. Each piece includes at least one map and/or diagram as well as other imagery pertaining to the specific area. All pieces are layered to tell a story about the geographic region including the changes that are predicted to happen or already have.
During the creation of work in the MAPS AND CLIMATE CHANGE series, each piece goes through many permutations in order to arrive at its final state. Many of the different versions are printed out, taped to the wall, studied and then rejected for a variety of reasons: too big, too small, color is wrong, size is wrong, placement is wrong. There are an infinite number of reasons. It is these print “rejects” that form the basis of the torn paper collages, titled TRANSFORMED. The paper is torn, their placement is considered, arranged and rearranged while the larger narrative stays constant the placement and tension between elements tells a more metaphoric and personal story about change and the earth.
Artist will be present June 5 and June 12, 3-5pm and by appointment
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