Opening reception, 5-7 PM, Friday, October 8, 2021
What You Get is What You See, work by eight painters belonging to an artist critique group named, “8xOne.” The group was founded in 2002 and includes painters Kate Cone, Thetford, VT; Charles DePuy, Lebanon, NH; David Fisk, Post Mills, VT; Rachel Jordan, Hanover, NH; Jim Jordan, Hanover, NH; Anne Cogbill Rose, Thetford, VT; Jonathan Rose, Thetford, VT; and Joseph Saginor, Cornish, NH. The members are all current or retired professionals who work or have worked in the fields of science, architecture, higher education, travel, and psychology.
The critique group meets monthly at a member’s studio at AVA, to share an informal meal, discuss artistic issues, and review each other’s recent paintings. The group shares a grounding in twentieth-century painting and a commitment to personal expression. Their critique focuses on process; works shown are often unfinished. Through long-term analysis of forms and themes, the group encourages each artist to explore, refine, and intensify their individual direction. Critique is synergistic and supportive. Although the group does not share a style, extended interaction can, from time to time, produce mutual influences within the works. They make no distinction between abstraction and representation, realizing that both come from the same source, and that both can often appear in the same painting.
Many of the artists in the group have had studios or have taken courses at AVA, several with the late painter Clifford B. West. Professional art experience varies widely within the group, some members choosing to show more frequently than others. The exhibition is the first time the group has shown their work together. 8xOne: What You Get is What You See will showcase not only eight painters, but also the principle of mutual critique and a commitment to practice; and it will highlight AVA as a supportive environment for extended artistic development. Bente Torjusen, former longtime AVA Executive Director, and AVA Exhibition Manager, Samantha Eckert worked together with the group to curate the exhibition.
8xOne: What You Get is What You See, a group exhibition of paintings will be on view in the Rebecca Lawrence Gallery, the Clifford B. West Gallery, the E.N. Wennberg Gallery, and the Elizabeth Rowland Mayor Gallery, October 8-November 12, 2021.
The critique group will give a talk on Thursday, October 28, 5-6PM. *Visit our website for information on access to live Zoom artist talks and recordings.
Generously sponsored by:
Ephraim and Helen Shulman