Exhibition: Laminar Rituals

Saturday, Apr 10, 2021 at 11:00am

Gallery North
90 North Country Road
Setauket, NY 11733

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Gallery North is pleased to present the work of artists Sue Contessa and Anne Raymond in the exhibition, Laminar Rituals, April 8, 2021 to May 16, 2021.

Abstraction for both Sue Contessa and Anne Raymond creates a sense of space. The unique abstractions of these two artists employ transparent or translucent layers that laminate and protect the artist’s delicate marks or brushstrokes, suggesting emergent qualities beneath a thin veil of paint. Contessa’s layers of alternating transparent and opaque marks are produced with acrylic paint, some with graphite as well. Her works invite an almost meditative or ritualistic engagement with her carefully placed marks which themselves appear to emerge from an endless void or deep space. Building up each canvas with rich layers of translucent color, Raymond utilizes a similar, almost ritual coating of the surface that shrouds the canvas in oil paint. Each coat allows slow discoveries, sometimes long after our first encounter, of the evanescent qualities of the natural world – a passing storm, the swell of a sunrise, or the wavering branches above our heads. The shrewd layering of Raymond’s abstractions creates an uncertain depth and asks us to embrace the “evocative power of inferred space and energy beyond the edges of the canvas.” This two-person exhibition will feature medium and large scale oil and acrylic paintings as well as monoprints.

Sue Contessa lives and works in Saint James, New York. She attended Boston University, and has shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Heckscher Museum of Art. Born in Washington DC, Anne Raymond is based in East Hampton, New York. She attended the School of Visual Arts, and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her work can be found in many major public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

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