Pandemonium Has Been Unleashed!
The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative is proud to display work submitted for our member show "Pandemonium" in which PAC members are showing work created during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
Works in the show cover different subjects in various media. Some address the politics of 2020. Other artists express their feelings about the pandemic. Several artists have explored the natural world around us as well as what they've observed around their homes while in quarantine. From abstract to photography, the work displayed in our show will hopefully provoke conversation.
Participating artists are: Bradley Bailey, Robin Beckwith, Daniel Borden, Mary Belden Brown, Peter Campbell, Barbara Canning, Elaine Carreiro, Mary Casale, Julius Cavira, Cathy Chin, Kate Chute, Susan Clarke, Lin Collette, Claudia Crevier, Angel Dean, Philip Derby, Cynthia DiDonato, Mason Drowne, Melanie Ducharme, Devin Dugan, Robert Easton, Maureen Eckert, Eran Fraenkel, Jan Gendron, Ann-Marie Gillett, Erik Giorgi, Susan Graseck, Jean Green, Marguerite De Lucia Hall, Matthew Hall, Carol Hansen, Barbara Harris, Wendy Ingram, Bonnie Jaffe, Marc Jaffe, Thomas Jamison, Carolyn Hagy Kent, Jennifer Kiluk, Frank Lally, Wendy LeBlanc, George Lowell, Michael M. Luzzi, Christina Machinski, Tim McCarthy, Melanie dai Medeiros, Joanne Morrissey, Sara Nugent, Blair Oliver, Sophia Paliotti, Elvira Para, Susan Potter, Mimo Gordon Riley, Betsy Ritz, Frank Robertson, Joan Rollins, Mia Rollins, Harold Roth, Ann Rozhon, David Schiffer, Sally Schuman, Beverly Silva, Gretchen Dow Simpson, Robert Snowden, Nichole Speciale, Susan Starkweather, Erin Starr, Thomas J. Terceira, Ann Kelsey Thacher, Nancy Thepmanivong, Elinor Thompson, Nancy Turbitt, Jennifer Turner, Amy Webb, Clayton Westland, Angela Wimmer and Anahid Ypres.
You may move from page to page of the exhibited works by using the links at the top and bottom of each page. You may purchase almost all of the works from our online store which you can reach via this link: https://pawtucketartscollaborative.wildapricot.org/PAC-Online-Store/
The exhibition will run through Thursday November 12th.
We are honored to have Joan Hausrath choose the winners of our First, Second and Third Place prizes. Of the work, she comments: "
It was not an easy task to select three works of art from the large group of outstanding entries. Viewing the work online gave me the advantage of reviewing the work over several days rather than in an hour or two in the gallery. I returned to the images several times and filtered out the ones that repeatedly held my attention; that is how I eventually came to my decisions.
If I were choosing the award winners in the gallery and viewing the actual work, size and scale would have influenced my perceptions. While viewing the images online, I did not take into account the dimensions of the work because I was viewing all of the work at the same size. And, of course, any strong impact of physicality is lost in digital images. So, how I viewed the art is how the viewing audience will also see it. This means my choices might have been different if made from the actual work, but this is the reality of experiencing artwork in different formats whether in a gallery or studio or online or in print. I made my choices within the context of an online exhibition."
The winners are:
The skillfully executed oil painting by Peter Campbell, Noon at McDonalds, evoked for me a quite contemplative mood as an older man, seen from the back and alone in a restaurant, gazes to his right toward the light of a window. There are no other diners in what is normally a busy establishment. The wall in front of him, rendered as a large dark shadowy shape further isolates and separates him from a distant view through a window of a women with a child. The use of light, earthy tones and the compositional arrangement of the picture gently conveys isolation and separation, or anticipation if he is waiting to be joined by others.
The photograph, Plexi Party by Bonnie Jaffe, captured my attention because of the exquisitely captured light and reflections on glassware clustered on a tabletop that reminded me of 17thcentury Dutch still life paintings. The image sparkles! Close examination of the details reveals refracted light as a rainbow, light glistening off of metallic labels on the wine bottles, and light viewed through several layers of glass. It was not until after I soaked in all the sharp detail of foreground that I noticed the women in the out-of-focus softness of the background. Immediately, the picture became more than at study of objects. It became a party.
THIRD PLACEThe abstract painting, Covid Clamor, by Mimo Gordon Riley, expressed to me the anxiety, the confusion, and the chaos of our lives during the pandemic as we try to make sense out of its ramifications on our lives, the statics, and the conflicting information that we are bombarded with daily. The maze of angular shapes that fracture the picture plane is overrun by numerous round shapes that fill the canvas. How can we not associate those little devils with the Covid 19 Virus that pass through the air we breathe?