The past two days have been a whirlwind of spackle, paint, ladders, hammers, and nails, and the new show is completely installed. We were so sad to see Roger’s work come off the walls, it has been brightening up our gallery for the past month. As we watched the last few pieces head off into the truck, we were overcome with a feeling Dedee likened to homesickness.
The de-instalation went very smoothly, especially with Roger Kizik’s expertise and the incredible help of Chad Frownfelter. You may have wondered how Rogers 10 foot by 11 foot painting Hooded made it into the gallery. It was a very tight squeeze, but it went out the same way it came in- very carefully through the front door.
Fortunately, our turnover time is quick, and the space was only empty for a few hours before Susan Schultz and Nicholas Whitman arrived the next morning with their beautiful work.
Nicholas Whitman installed over 65 photographs with Chad’s help. The two of them were so quick and meticulous, the show pulled together in the blink of an eye. Whitman’s photographs are gorgeous- thoughtful, graphic, detailed, and textural. Whitman explained “I look at painting, probably more than I look at photography,” and the influence of painting is clearly visible in his photographs.
Whitman’s photographs feature swirling mineral deposits slicing through metamorphic rock, striking natural phenomena, such as ice encased rocks on the wintertime shore of Horseneck Beach, and portraits of icebergs, some of which glow warm and pink, others looming in deep blues against the horizon.
Susan Schultz arrived with her husband Tom, her work, and custom bases built by Tom specifically for each piece. The porcelain objects were surprisingly sturdy, and withstood plenty of reshuffling, as we curated the exhibition.
Most of Susan’s attention focused on setting up Ocean Catch, a large installation sculpture made up of hundreds of porcelain objects arranged in a fishing net. The objects are recreations of beach finds spanning the entire east coast, from Maine to Florida, along with a few pieces from beaches in France and Italy. The piece came together in about 2 hours, and required considered placement of each individual object in the net, not only with visual composition in mind, but also structural. The porcelain pieces are balanced so as not to tumble into the back of the net.
The piece is full of fun little surprises, each viewing reveals a new detail, object, or curiosity. The whole show does this, Whitman’s photographs and Schultz’s sculptures are layered with intriguing details, symbolism, and ideas.
We knew that the work of these two artists would work well together, but we couldn’t have anticipated how well. It is a supremely handsome show, and we look forward to exploring it, and to sharing it with you this month.