A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery
126 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Tuesday – Sunday: 12-5
Artists: Jesse Connor, Thorsten Dennerline, Mikael Petraccia
September 3-28, 2014
Artist Reception: Arts Night Out, Friday, September 12: 5-8 pm
Alter scape is a collaborative exhibition; the unifying thread that connects the three artists’ works is their use of concepts involving the manipulation of space --- or the landscape. The collaboration arose from their desire to experience their individual voices in conversation with one another.
The resulting dialogue amongst the works highlights their unique, but related, points of view, whether drawing from the personal, observational, abstracted or even metaphysical. The exhibited prints, drawings and paintings of altered spaces truly encourage reflection on the ways we view and inhabit the spaces around us.
From the Artists:
Jesse Connor. My images begin as a curiosity about the hardware of human life-hinges, furnaces, cables, meters, and farm equipment. These artifacts, their functions and their details, inhabit my imagination, and become part of the landscape of my work. Structures and objects appear and disappear between layers of paint and drawing. I work to achieve a balance between dense mark making and open space in the picture plane, along with the unlikely coupling of various forms. These images are about looking and wondering. Where is my place amongst the objects and spaces that chronicle human progress?
Thorsten Dennerline “My work investigates concepts that arise from/are informed by a personal interest in words, poetry and the landscape, and is fueled by a desire to translate the resulting observations and experiences into visual language. My site-specific piece for Alter Scape, like many of my recent and current projects, addresses the concept of space and how we, as occupants, inhabit and perceive it.”
Mikael Petraccia: I create inside and outside spaces, but I do not want it to be obvious which is inside and which is outside. These spaces, whether in opposition or harmony, carry references to both mental and physical spaces as openings into other spaces. In this way, they are like black holes, doors, shadows, the sky, the ocean, or thoughts. My art is about traveling to and between places. It is about the spaces in between. Life is a series of transitions and I find the source of my work in the reality of the everyday life. I am interested in the fact that we are surrounded by objects which are repeated, objects we use everyday but hardly notice except in passing. We recognize these objects through their functionality, so much so that their familiarity becomes their identity. I use my images to examine our relationship to the visual world of the everyday.
Snow by Mikael Petraccia