VALERY SUTHERLAND, “DIVERSE LANDSCAPES”
March 18-May 7, 2020
Reception on Thursday on March 26, 5-7 p.m. in Pegasus Gallery
Valery Sutherland’s paintings and wall sculptures address the complexities of place and the passage of time. Skewed and Birds eye perspectives of cities and landscapes are layered with expressive color applications and graphic indications of human occupation. These works are interwoven records of use, time and transformation that also embody the compounding forces of pollution, deforestation and climate change.
Central to the acrylic painting “Elements #51,” is the architectural floorplan of a long-ruined abbey. Heavy black lines retrace its structural footprint, yet this built history is subverted by colorful overlay indications of a river’s changing course, a modern roadway and agricultural plantings. Tumultuous skies roll about the compositional ceiling and threaten to fully conceal the topographical history mapped below.
Sutherland has exhibited her work throughout New England, New York and New Jersey for over 30 years. She studied art in the United Kingdom at Tunbridge Wells Art School, in Kent, and St. Martin’s Art School, in London. See more of her work at: email@example.com
SYDNEY MORRIS, “LIQUID SKY”
January 21 – March 4, 2020
Sydney Morris’ alternative process photography is created by manipulating dark room chemistry and development techniques on light sensitive photographic paper. This cameraless approach to image making results in highly abstract surfaces that are color infused, fluid, topographical, and profoundly suggestive. As feats of bold technical insight and refined practice, Morris’ works are windows into a liquid chaos that are both materially menacing and sublime.
Morris is a Wethersfield resident and works at Hartford.com in Downtown Hartford. She’s also a Launchpad Program Artist at Five Points Gallery in Torrington. In 2012 Morris attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City with a concentration in Photography and received her BFA from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford in 2015. See more of her work at www.sydneymorrisphotography.com.