Pace of Nature
Atelier [ah-tel-YEH] from French ateliér: a workshop or studio used by an artist, artisan or designer.
ATELIER NEWPORT’s fall exhibition entitled, Pace of Nature, will open September 9th, and run through October 14th, at the gallery, located at 200 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, alongside the historic International Tennis Hall of Fame. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, September 9th, from 2:00pm-4:00pm.
Pace of Nature, a three-person exhibition, attempts to explore what becomes of nature and the resulting beauty that only time can produce. Mary Dondero, Richard Nocera and Jeff Soderbergh, working in different mediums, share a slow pace of nature in common in their process to make work. Soderbergh’s patience and passion for utilizing and repurposing materials only found in existence in nature; Dondero’s dense drawings of foreboding thickets, and tangled nests explore the temporal nature of existence. In Peter Frank’s recent essay regarding Richard Nocera’s work, he writes, “The ground does not manifest absolute “absence”, nor does the figure embody “presence”. Rather, each factor seeks and gains fulfillment from the other. In addition, the lucidity of Nocera’s formula does not propose a recipe for mere harmony. Anything but; there are frequent moments of tension and even seeming dissonance.” As Frank further stated, “A studio is at once a feedback mechanism and anechoic chamber: ideas go there, or come from there, virgin-born, tested only by their direct relationship to the artist’s intentions.” Through a visual and somatic experience, these artists share a physicality in their daily practice to make work, and a meditative state in their quiet solitude required to achieve it. Pace of Nature, will attempt to explore in these shared transcendental practices in an attempt to bring the natural world more fully into being.
ATELIER NEWPORT has created a sanctuary and oasis for an eclectic mix of emerging and mid-career artists, each of whom has a deep connection to Newport.
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