Deciduous Press Release

Deciduous

Adj:

  1. Shedding the leaves annually, as certain trees and shrubs.
  2. Falling off, or shed at a particular season, stage of growth, etc., as leaves.
  3. Impermanent; transitory.

ATELIER NEWPORT’s fourth group exhibition, entitled Deciduous, opens October 14th and runs through November 20th.  An opening reception will be held Sunday, November 6th, from 2:00 – 4:00. The gallery is located at 200 Bellevue Avenue, along the International Tennis Hall of Fame, in Newport, Rhode Island.

The group show is inspired by Jennifer Day’s drawing Deciduous II, a ten-foot charcoal scroll depicting an ethereal barren tree, pendulously suspended from gnarled tree boughs.  This exhibition explores the ephemeral nature of Autumn patterns, the stages of growth, and the cyclical nature of desquamation – or shedding – in the natural world.  Twelve artists, working in in a variety of media: drawings, sculpture, and reclaimed materials including twigs, charcoal, and fiber, prompt the viewer to reflect on the complex geometry repeated in the natural world, and the viewer’s relationship to it.

Other works include Bunny Harvey’s Darter’s Path, a painting depicting a dragonfly’s fleeting presence in nature; emerging artist Maria Helene Verglas’ egg tempera, Atlas Moth, illustrates the complex details of a specimen. Kathryn Fund’s three-dimensional twig wall-relief sculptures, and Kevin Ledwell’s leaf photograph Chinese Lantern, each seek to capture impermanence, and to make clear subtle patterns.

Stripping away the conventional white cube, ATELIER NEWPORT has created a sanctuary and oasis for an eclectic mix of 30 emerging and mid-career artists, each of whom has a deep connection to Newport.

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