A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery
126 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Tuesday – Sunday: 12-5
An exhibition of paintings, prints, weavings, photographs & assemblages by Judith Bowerman, Anna Slezak, Gretta Slezak & Larry Slezak. Curated by Lilly Slezak.
On view: July 5-26, 2014
Reception: Friday, July 11, 5-8 pm
Image at left: Judith Bowerman, For the Most Part IX, polyester plate lithography / monoprint, 2013
This exhibition is a family affair. As five thinkers, observers, and makers living together under one roof for the better part of twenty years, we learned to see ourselves and the world through each other’s eyes. This show brings together our work in the public sphere for the first time. We believe the unique nature of this grouping explores such questions as: What happens when creative parents raise three children? What happens when a handful of people with strong artistic impulses are constantly engaging with each other—living, growing, and creating in tandem? Ideas and images are generated and transmitted, just as emotions are provoked and meals are shared.
The array of work on view, divergent yet undeniably bound and threaded, provides viewers with an entry point into meditations on both the nuclear family and relationships among artists. Through botanical themes, Judith’s prints and paintings contemplate the mysteries of the natural world and life’s various cycles. Larry’s bizarre yet whimsical sculptures, comprised of painted and assembled natural elements, find a home along with larger, freestanding structures. Gretta explores her everyday life by taking pictures of the things and people she loves; her contribution here is a series of Instagram photos presented in the form of archival prints. Anna’s weavings explore relationships and harmonies among color, shape, and texture.
Judith Bowerman has been captivated by New England’s unpredictable seasonal changes for the past 35 years. Now living in Cummington, MA, she is surrounded by gardens, pastures, woods, and streams. She works daily on prints and paintings in her rural studio, where the view encompasses grazing sheep and a massive glacial rock.
Larry Slezak, a lifelong artist, was initially recognized for his printmaking. His work in recent years has focused on painting, drawing, and sculpture. He is represented in numerous public and private collections. He lives and works in Cummington, MA.
Gretta Slezak is a long-time resident of downtown Northampton. She is an avid observer of the world around her, photographing anything that catches her eye. She enjoys road trips with her husband, taking care of her cat, and spending time with her niece.
Anna Slezak got her start as a painter, but as a perpetual explorer and collector, her unbounded creativity has found many outlets since. The tactile and versatile nature of weaving has recently captivated her full attention. She lives and works in Easthampton, MA.
Lilly Slezak holds art history degrees from Bard College and Tufts University. She is currently employing her love of design and background in arts administration at a historic inn in the Catskills.