Exhibition - The Light Eye See

Monday, Feb 3, 2020 at 7:00am

Academy Square Gallery
33 Plymouth Street,
Montclair, NJ 07042

The Studio Montclair Incubator presents “The Light Eye See,” at the Academy Square Galleries, Montclair, NJ.

The exhibit, featuring the work of three local artists — Sara Holliday, Martha Holmes, and Maria Saidi--examines how these artists represent what they see in the world through their art. 

One might call these three artists realists, as they share the goal of representing the world as they actually see it. While their interpretations of the world may not align with more conventional perspectives of what is “real,” it is their shared ambition to capture the play of light in a scene, either as an aspect of a scene or as an independent entity in itself, that distinguishes and animates their work.

These three artists bring different technical and aesthetic sensibilities to their art in order to realize their visions. Holliday uses layered colors combined with sharply defined structures and impressionistically realized settings to examine natural and man-made landscapes. Holmes focuses on exploring and evoking the glowing “orbs” of light that she sees throughout the world. Saidi focuses on portraiture, capturing the effect of light and shadow on her subjects and their environments.

Many of Holliday's paintings focus on Quaker Meeting Houses set within the context of their outer environments in order, paradoxically, to explore the inner world of each one. While Holliday recreates the houses’ exteriors, her paintings nevertheless reveal her attention and respect for the beauty held within.  Holmes’s work examines how orbs of light dance across the room, appearing at times to guide her in conveying emotions. Saidi’s portraits seem to capture her subjects in mid-sentence. She creates this dynamic through the precise placement of her paint. All three artists are raw and real in the expression of their visual experience. It is as if you are given a private viewing into their seeing process.

Dates: January 15th to March 23, 2020

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