Suzy Spence: On the Hunt
June 22 - August 24, 2019
Opening June 22, 2019, Reception 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
On the Hunt, an exhibition of figurative paintings by Brooklyn and Montpelier based artist Suzy Spence, considers contemporary power struggles through the elegant metaphor of fox hunting. Spence’s paintings turn the genteel athletic, sartorial, and social tradition of fox hunting toward lucid social commentary; she appropriates the sport’s traditions and painted genre scenes to turn a traditional subject into a psychologically-rich vision of riders on the trail of a more ambiguous quarry. The figures that congregate in Spence’s paintings could be characters jilted by a secret loss, or steely survivors of an unknown war. In groups, they turn their faces toward each other in dark complicity—soldiers, sisters, friends. They are on the hunt.
The Appearance of Clarity: Works in Black and White
June 20th - August 31, 2014
HELEN DAY ART CENTER
This exhibition explored the subtle, double, and hidden meanings the apparent clarity of black and white might obscure. The show included, among its ten contributors, an artist who made paintings from redacted government documents, a sculptor who forged metal into unreadable script, and a painter who rendered a portrait in the form of a novel. With its visual and conceptual twists and turns, the exhibition invited viewers to encounter these works in all their lucid complexity.
June 22 - August 4, 2012
WINOOSKI POP UP GALLERIES
“Open House” was an art exhibition that explored “home” as a concept detached from the familiar architecture of the house. Artists Angelo Arnold, Kate Brandt, and Mary Zompetti each approached the meaning of “home” from richly varied perspectives. Arnold’s “familiarture” upholstered sculptures, Brandt’s insightful, darkly humorous video works, and Zompetti’s ephemeral, meditative photographic works re-interpreted the space and essence of “house” and “home”, grounding the viewer in a contemplative space. The exhibition invited viewers to see “home” as a concept open to interpretation, and a space open to exploration.
August 17 - September 18, 2012
Abbey Meaker and Amanda Zackem create works that remain mysterious, even as they confront the viewer with a striking immediacy. Both artists’ works suggest narratives, yet refuse a single storyline. Instead, they drift on a dark current; like chapters unbound from the novel’s arc, these images hover, loosed from the imperative to resolve in a denoument. Retaining the intensity of a plotline without succumbing to its linear progression, these works unfurl in a liminal space between storytelling and secret-keeping.