Novel Materials / New Techniques (2015)

June 19 – July 31, 2015

Novel Materials / New Techniques (2015)
June 19 – July 31, 2015

Juried, All Media Art Show
Exhibition Dates: June 19 – July 31, 2015
Reception: Friday, June 19, 2015, 5 – 7 PM
Meet the Artists! Refreshments served. Open to the public.
Photographs at the reception are taken by East End Arts’ Working Artist member Natalia Clarke.

Guest Juror: Margery Gosnell-Qua, Artist & Curator, Lyceum Gallery, SCCC

Innovation is one of the most exciting aspects about creating art. Some artists have created their own unique process, while others have repurposed materials intended for uses other than making art. All artistic innovation in any genre will be featured in this exhibit.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM

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Artwork featured above: ‘Self Portrait: Sunny Side Up’ // latex, frying pan, spatula // by Roxanne Panero


Best in Show – “Dale Evans”
Jonathan Pearlman
East Quogue, NY
sculpture/mixed media


Margery Gosnell-Qua
Artist and Curator of the Lyceum Gallery at SCCC

Picasso and Duchamp began working with non-traditional materials as early as the 1910’s opening up endless possibilities to create expressions in any material. Rauchenburg’s “Combines” come to my mind where he would place a sock, or a shoe in a composition to activate an area. All of the works in this show are winners that contain structure and an import of motion that breathe life into form while also surprising and delighting with juxtapositions that express the artists’ experiences.

Jonathan Pearlman saw a torso in a worn piece of wood, complete with a belly button, and he created an animated cow girl with stylish boots and a complexion to match. It has life, humor, color, and a clever name. “Dale Evans” could walk off her pedestal, spurs jangling.

In Michael Chait’s “Don’t Cry over Spilt Milk” there is a hint of a diagonal in the simple bridge of the nose, creating a sense of motion that brings it to life (never underestimate the power of a subtle diagonal). The placement of peppermint candies in milk lids to create the eyes and the background that “holds the surface” that surrounds the silhouette of the white plate result in a successful work. The iridescent turquoise that fades into a blue sheen is eye catching, but doesn’t overpower. The string at the forehead appears as a tiara or head piece.

Laura Benjamin’s “Off the Hook” is a striking combination of what Hans Hoffman called “push and pull.”   The pattern desperately pushes forward flattening the space to the plane of the picture, while the telephone drawn in traditional perspective affirms the illusion of the table top pushing inward. The struggle is dynamic. The slightly off-center placement of the phone creates a pleasing, balanced asymmetry. The colors of the candy wrapper graphics are lively.

Beth Pile has taken two traditional but disparate concepts (the self-portrait and the technique of quilting) and combined them into something that feels new, a quilted self-portrait. Masterfully done, there is a lot to find in the materials she has sewn in. It is animated, has texture, attitude, and whimsy.

In “A Clear-Eyed View”, Marion Jones has created a playful barnyard in a believable yet open space. The artist found a goat-like, copper scrap that sits contently in the foreground.

In “Burn”, by Meredith Rose, the figure, hand, and match together make closure as the eye jumps from one to the next creating a cubist motion. The macabre, medieval figure weights one side of the work which is balanced by the irregular, relief opening caused by the burned box.

Ian Carson’s poignant work “Heidi Says” conjures imagery about a relationship in a simplicity that is equally compelling. The long thin format and the mode of display, placed casually in a corner resembles the condition of a wallflower belonging, yet standing longingly, with some angst, at arms length.

Linda Cullen created “Independence” in a dynamic, skewed rectangle that comes to life. The hanging paper pieces integrates the figure with the ground, the gold participating in the composition nicely.

Michael Molfetas created an entertaining pin back button. The artist applies his skill in drawing to a colorful work that has attitude, humor, and originality.

In Corey’s “The Awkward Reception”, the artist used a long thin format displaying a row of figures that feels different from the rest. The artist’s mark stays on the picture plane while the images falls back.

In “Deep Circle”, Robert Moore presented an overall composition, tacked into its frame in a new way. The encaustic translucency, motion, and color are alluring.

Thank you to all for your participation in Novel Material / New Techniques.


Margery Gosnell-Qua
Artist and Curator, Lyceum Gallery, SCCC
Juror for Novel Materials / New Techniques, 2015
Margery Gosnell-Qua is a gestural painter who works between representation and abstraction, uncovering visual equivalents to memories of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. She begins her artistic process by creating small color studies from life, as information gathering stage in which she records compositions and colored light. In her successive studio works, the artist pares down her subject to match her sensory experiences.
Ms. Gosnell-Qua received an MFA in Painting and an MS in Art History from Pratt Institute in 1996, where she traveled to Italy to study Painting in Tuscany and Art History in Venice.
Ms. Gosnell-Qua’s paintings are in private collections in the US and Europe. She is a recipient of the NYFA Special opportunity Stipend (2010) and is a NYFA Mark09 participant. She received the “Long Island Artist Award” at the Heckscher Art Museum in Huntington (2001), and her work was chosen for an “Award of Excellence” in 2009 by juror Andrew Arnot at the Art League of Long Island in Deer Park.
Regarding advice for artists entering the show, Ms. Gosnell-Qua advises: “Beyond the basics of good design, the single most important characteristic great artists have is self-reliance. Be sincere, be yourself, tell your visual truth, simply follow your bent. It’s also fine to let yourself be inspired by others. I roam through galleries and museums looking for new ways to carry out my own vision. Have fun, and remember to play.”


Abigail Abrams, Southold – “Industrialization” mixed media
Laura Benjamin, East Hampton – “Midnight Munches” candy wrapper collage
Laura Benjamin, East Hampton – “Off the Hook” candy wrapper collage SECOND PLACE
Ian Carson, Hampton Bays – “Heidi Says -” sculpture HONORABLE MENTION
Michael Chait, Patchogue – “Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk” assemblage FIRST PLACE
Michael Chait, Patchogue – “Egyptian Medusa” scriptopen & assemblage
Lance Corey, East Quogue – “Screwed” sculpture
Lance Corey, East Quogue – “The Awkward Reception” mixed HONORABLE MENTION
Lance Corey, East Quogue – “Totem” sculpture
Stephanie Costanza, Port Jefferson – “Seasons” herbal paints
Linda Cullen, East Moriches – “Independance” mixed media HONORABLE MENTION
Dawn Daisley, Oak Beach – “Silver Dollars” collagraph, encaustic
Hector deCordova, Greenport – “The Music Man” assemblage
James Eddings, Shirley – “Convergence” sculpture
James Eddings, Shirley – “Hands of Freedom” sculpture
Jim Gemake, Water Mill – “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” assemblage
Jim Gemake, Water Mill – “Repair Done” assemblage
Jim Gemake, Water Mill – “To Rose Selvay” assemblage
Anthony Giacinto, West Babylon – “Samurai” metal
Anthony Giacinto, West Babylon – “The Mask of Xander” metal
Mary Anne Huntington, Cutchogue – “Coquille D’argent” silver clay
Alan N. Johnson, Holbrook – “Bonsai 2” sculpture/mixed
Marion Jones, Southold – “A Clear-Eyed Vision” collage HONORABLE MENTION
Marion Jones, Southold – “What I Know” mixed media
Richard Magill, Laurel – “Almost Broke” mixed media
Lorraine Manzo Angeletti, Middle Island – “Chakra Shoes” sculpture
Barbara Meek, Huntington Station – “Triangles” photo
Richard Mizdal, Greenport – “Stand and Deliver” mixed media
Richard Mizdal, Greenport – “Valkyrie Stand” mixed media
Richard Mizdal, Greenport – “Voyage Return” mixed media
Michael Molfetas, Williston Park – “Untitled (Pinback button)” mixed media HONORABLE MENTION
Robert Moore, Hampton Bays – “Deep Circle” encaustic photo HONORABLE MENTION
Ruth Nasca, East Hampton – “Letters from the Seashore” museum poster/acrylic painting
Kathryn Odell-Hamilton, Hampton Bays – “Ross” digital photo
Jonathan Pearlman, East Quogue – “Dale Evans” sculpture/mixed BEST IN SHOW
Jonathan Pearlman, East Quogue – “Hominoid” sculpture/mixed
Jonathan Pearlman, East Quogue – “Vivaldi” sculpture/mixed
Beth Pile, Bellport – “Blooming Beth-Self Portrait” fiber THIRD PLACE
Meredith Rose, Westhampton – “Burn” mixed media HONORABLE MENTION
Meredith Rose, Westhampton – “Malthus’ Nightmare” mixed media
Meredith Rose, Westhampton – “Nest Egg” mixed media
Robert Simmons, Brightwaters – “I See U” stone/wood
James Slezak, Hampton Bays – “Sailboat Yellow” digital photo
Linda Watson, East Northport – “Victory” mixed
Felicitas Wetter, Coram – “Felicitas as Marcel Duchamp” photo/mixed
Felicitas Wetter, Coram – “Which Way to Rome?” etching collage
Thomas Witschi, Wading River – “Mars & Moons” surgical steel & wood
Vicki Wojcik, Flanders – “Combination” collagraph
Jeremiah Woo, Mattituck – “Midieval Garden” glass paint on toilet tank cover
Jeremiah Woo, Mattituck – “The Visitation” polyform, beads etc
George Wybenga, Center Moriches – “Mount Hood (part 1 )” seregraph

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