20th Anniversay Exhibition
David Paulson, Allyson Levy , Louise Laplante, John Cross, Vince Pomilio, Darshan Russell, and David Halliday
April 21, 2011
through May 29, 2011
20th Anniversary Exhibit
Carrie Haddad Gallery will be celebrating their 20th year anniversary with this next exhibition which runs from April 21st through May 29th. Ms. Haddad’s first gallery, Warren Street Gallery, opened May 21st of 1991 as an impromptu venture to showcase local artists. The experiment turned into a full-time profession for Haddad and soon required more space so the operation moved up the street to a larger storefront and was renamed Carrie Haddad Gallery. Haddad quickly established her “stable” of painters and exhibited photography on the second floor. Two and a half years ago she opened Carrie Haddad Photographs right next door to her original gallery on Warren Street.
Haddad attributes her successful run to Hudson’s marvelous mile long main street, filled with fantastic antiques, eateries, and assorted one of a kind stores which attract shoppers of all types. Showing work by some great artists doesn’t hurt either.
The anniversary exhibit features the works of David Paulson and Allyson Levy, with additional works by Vincent Pomilio, David Halliday, John Cross, Darshan Russell and Louise Laplante.
Haddad chose David Paulson’s work to represent the type of paintings she has lauded for the past two decades. Paulson was one of the first artists to be shown at Warren Street Gallery years ago, and his work is deeply embedded in the New York School of abstract expressionism, a period Haddad greatly admires: “I recently saw the Abstract Expressionism exhibit at the Modern and could see how this movement influenced Paulson’s work, especially works by de Kooning, Gorky and Pollock. Paulson speaks with his own voice, though. He is a raw and honest painter, fearlessly exposing his deepest loves and darkest fears on the canvas.”
Also influenced by the New York School, Vincent Pomilio works with both large and small scale paintings, which are made by adding layer upon layer of patterned color. The small works which will be included in this exhibit are made with acrylic paint, marble dust and beeswax, buffed to a gorgeous surface.
Allyson Levy makes paintings using botanical materials found in her large garden---leaves, seed pods, berries, and blossoms, all in various stages of decomposition. Laid out in patterns and encased in pigment and beeswax, these beautiful objects of the natural world are her medium to create her contemporary abstractions. A small 12 x 12 piece is made of vividly colored layers of Mediterranean poppy petals, while another larger work consists of crushed eggshells on a black ground, like a night sky full of stars.
One of the original Warren Street Gallery artists, photographer David Halliday has been exhibiting with Carrie Haddad since 1991. On view will be his recent large scale color still life photographs. They are exquisitely formal with a twist. Set against a fog grey background with a “horizon line”, the objects seem suspended, yet carry their weight within the pure jewel-toned color.
In the window will be several new wood carvings by John Cross. They are worked in sugar pine with a simple knife, and seem at first glance deceptively simple. The pieces are so sharply modeled, so clearly defined, that the viewer gets a sense of strength and mass that somewhat belies the relatively small scale. The work is also rather witty.
The work of Darshan Russell is an important addition to the exhibit, representing the many “outsider” artists Haddad has shown over the years. Darshan will be exhibiting a small selection of figurative paintings inspired by photos from The Poughkeepsie Journal.
Finally, artist Louise Laplante paints on collaged antique paper. She spends quite a bit of time searching out vintage materials like old love letters, recipes, or historical documents, and then paints on them with chalk and ink. Her subject matter is pure and simple; shoes, dresses, bones and phones, to name a few.
The 20th Anniversary Exhibit runs from April 21st to May 29th with a reception (BIG PARTY) on Saturday, April 23rd from 6-8pm. All are welcome to attend.
Carrie Haddad Gallery is located at 622 Warren Street in Hudson, NY. Gallery hours are 11 – 5 daily, closed Wednesday. You can call the gallery for directions or more information at (518) 828-1915 or see the show online at www.carriehaddadgallery.com