The Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery at Staller Center will feature “Form and Facture: New Painting and Sculpture from New York,” with new work by six New York artists. The exhibition will run from November 1 through December 13, including an artists’ reception on Saturday, November 1, from 7 to 9 pm at the Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public. An artist talk panel discussion will be held on Monday, November 17, at 1 pm in the Gallery.
“Form and Facture” delves into the conceptual and aesthetic concerns of contemporary abstraction. The exhibition features large-scale paintings and sculptures by Rachel Beach, Paul Behnke, Matthew Neil Gehring, Osamu Kobayashi, Rebecca Murtaugh and Fran O’Neill.
The six artists are united by their dual interest in Form — the shape and structure of the artwork and its imagery — and Facture — or how art is made. For the four painters (Behnke, Gehring, Kobayashi and O’Neill) and two sculptors (Beach and Murtaugh), the process of creating their work is integral to the form it takes. Their processes incorporate both meticulous planning and the element of spontaneity. Color is also key for all of the artists, for its emotional and psychological associations, as well as its visual impact.
All six artists have significant exhibition histories and have won prestigious awards for their work. Beach’s work has been shown in New York as well as internationally in Canada, Germany and England. She has won fellowships from Yaddo and the Lower East Side Printshop and grants from The Canada Council for the Arts and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Behnke’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally including shows in New York, Cyprus, London and Dublin. He has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, and the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation. Gehring has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and eight solo exhibitions, including recent solos at the Dishman Art Museum at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and at the Islip Art Museum in East Islip, New York. Kobayashi has had solo and group exhibitions in New York; Chicago; Columbia, South Caroina; and Brescia, Italy, and has received awards from the Maryland Institute College of Art and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York. Murtaugh’s solo and group exhibitions include the Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, Connecticut; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art; Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, California; and the Vitra Design Museum, Germany. O’Neill has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in New York, Chicago and England, among other places, and has received awards including the Acker Award, Shaw Award and Joan Mitchell Foundation Award.
Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 pm, and Saturday, 7 to 9 pm. Additionally, the gallery will be open one hour before and during the intermission of most Staller Center performances.
Admission is free. For more information, please call the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery at (631) 632-7240 or email ZuccaireGallery@stonybrook.edu.