Gloucester, Ma artist, Erin Luman, takes on a different view of the city – Looking upwards. She paints the rooftops and edges, and holds it together with telephone poles, power lines, and tiny architectural details.
Each piece is done on a custom wood board frame. The “canvas” is then covered with glue and various vintage maps which are nearly (sometimes completely) covered in acrylic paint. The architecture is traced in pencil and then pen. A wash of color comes last to finish the work.
There is nothing more satisfying to me than seeing something old in a new light. Neighborhoods and buildings I’ve walked past a million times become new when pencil hits paper. To slow everything down and find the balance between places that might be considered ugly, to find the beauty in them is what keeps me inside this series.
January’s Matz Gallery exhibition, “Winter Expressions”, features the work of husband and wife artist team, Matt Cegelis and Ruth Schneider. Matt works primarily in photography and digital art; Ruth combines her photography with painting or texture. Both enjoy the serendipitous process of merging multiple images, “discovering and creating one-of-a-kind abstractions”. Both artists are based in Rockport. Their work will be on display in the Matz Gallery through January 31, 2015.
My interest in photography began during college in the 70’s, when I was majoring in art and design. I was given a 35mm film camera as a gift, and began my exploration of the media. I had a darkroom for 15 years, and did freelance work for various magazines and publications. I worked mostly in black and white, utilizing the “Zone System”, which was formulated by Ansel Adams. Portraiture and landscapes were my main focus. While raising our two children, I barely used the camera except to document our family life and travels. With the advent of digital cameras, I took it up again, but again, mostly for travel and documentation. It wasn’t until two years ago, that I discovered the ability to “play around”with my images, using free software on my computer. I have since been merging my photographs with old, unfinished paintings of mine and our daughter’s. I go through my photo files and choose which images would work with either a painting or texture (which I photographed separately) or another photograph. It has been a real learning experience, and great fun to see the surprising results!
I am a self taught photographer and digital artist, working in the abstract space. My recent exhibitions on Cape Ann include:
“A Fine Line”, juried by Al Miner, presented at the Cultural Ceneter at Rocky Neck
“Serendipity”, a juried exhibition presented at the Rocky Neck Gallery
“Pixel Revolution”, an invitational exhibition presented by the Rocky Neck Art Colony at the Cultural Center
“Here and Now”, a juried eRocky Neck Art Colony show
“Art in the Barn”, a juried annual art sale event for the benefit of Essex County Greenbelt
Jung’s work often represents his considerable interest in architecture. Ever since studying it briefly in college, he has looked at architecture in detail and incorporated it into his artwork. His observations have allowed him to capture light and space and dimension in his paintings and drawings. It was at the age of nine that he truly understood the power of great architecture as he and his family stood before the demolition of the old, but grand Pennsylvania Station in New York City. He was taken with the detailing of this impressive masterpiece by McKim, Mead and White. and saddened by its demolition.
Paul’s current interest is in the Pop Art Movement of the 1960’s .His current works are influenced by Roy Lichenstein’s, graphic comic book style to the fragmented pop imagery of artists such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and Robert Indiana.
The bold and striking images which came from the Pop Art Movement are one’s that he hopes his works will find resonance with viewers today.
Paul Jung was born in Newark, New Jersey, raised in both New Jersey and in New York City and graduated from Salem State University in 2004. After living and working in Boston for many years, he moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts in the mid-1980’s where he currently resides and maintains a studio, the Paul Jung Design Group. For the past 27 years, he has been employed by the Gorton’s Corporation as a Graphic Artist.
Jung is the recipient of an Outstanding Artist Award from Salem State University. In addition to his participation in many Invitational and Group shows throughout the region, his work has been shown at the Winifsky Gallery and the New and Emerging Artists Series sponsored by the city of Salem, Massachusetts.
Traveling to You: A Collaboration of Poetry and Printmaking
Featuring poems by Gloucester Poet Laureate Rufus Collinson and Linoleum, Lithograph, and Monotype Prints by Gloucester Printmaker, Coco Berkman
Four years ago when I approached our then new Poet Laureate, Rufus Collinson, to ask her if she would be open to the idea of having a collaborative show of our work; her poems-my imagery, I had read only a few of her poems. She readily agreed, giving me license to choose whichever poems from her collection that I felt moved to use. I carried her poetry books [Turning the Stones ; Traveling to You  ] with me over the past four years.
Hugged up against my own sketchbooks in my bag, they traveled with me to New York City, where I studied stone lithography at the Art Students League, and where I transformed my drawing “Grocery Shopping”, inspired by her poem, “Friday Nights at the A&P” into a lithograph; to Martha’s Vineyard in the dead of winter, where I drew the composition, “Deer and Wolf”, inspired in large part by Rufus’s poem, “Adagio”; on the State Fish Pier on Parker Street, where I sat in my car and drew; on walks through Stage Fort Park, drives to Connecticut and Maine. I’ve lived with her poems.
My favorites kept changing. Poems that at first held little interest would suddenly capture my attention. They would sink in, take me away … into the natural world, into another
person’s emotional world, into another Gloucester. Most importantly, into a Poet’s mind. A mind whose priority is to search for the extraordinary layers in things, put those insights into words in an honest and eloquent way and then share them with the world. Thank you Rufus, for relentlessly doing the Poet’s work and then sending it out here. It
has touched me deeply forever.
My work is organic, bold, gritty, sensual, and inspired by my mad scientist tendencies. These works are thoughts and, in essence two dimensional sculptures. They are curvy, and you’ll probably have a hard time finding a straight line. I’ve found a secret formula to create these works: get up around 5 a.m., drink coffee, turn on the music, and then I jump and dance around the room as I paint, this gets the art thoughts moving. I paint ferociously; this creates real energy within the piece. My painting style and its looseness makes watercolor an optimal medium for me. I paint very wet, this allows the colors to mix themselves on the paper, and allows little experiments/accidents to create themselves within the piece. Painting is my bizarre form of meditation.
I have a fondness for Asian calligraphy sumi-e brushes, allowing me to create elegant lines. With my constant interest in keeping things fresh, I sometimes paint with more non-traditional brushes like palmetto fronds, brushes made of grass, turkey basters, sticks, and lastly a collection of brushes I made from friends who volunteered some of their own hair for my artistic endeavors. With these homemade brushes I’ve been able to create some truly organic and fresh movements on the paper.
I’ve explored many different mediums over the past decade before hunkering down with watercolor. I’ve been a semi-abstract potter, fanatical wooden archery bow maker, played around with house paints Pollock style and done a lot of photography. I have a relatively non-conventional background for an abstract artist. I have a Masters in Conservation Biology, with my thesis studying the feeding habits of American mink (think mink coat). I’ve been a woody plant researcher, arborist, land manager, and currently I’m a full time fish biologist studying rainbow smelt (think small yummy fish). If I’m not in the studio, I’m outside learning about nature. Being a biologist has allowed me to bring unique perspectives to my art practice. Nature is truly abstract and offers infinite sources of inspiration for me as an artist. I had a lot of fun creating these pieces. Enjoy!