The CAS Arts Center

Elise P. Church, Tailwind Blue, 2017.

Elise P. Church, Tailwind Blue, 2017.

Elise P. Church, Low Tide

At CAS Arts Center

October 21 - November 19, 2017

Artists Talk
Saturday, October 21 from 3 to 4 pm

Opening Reception
Saturday, October 21 from 4 to 6 pm

Inspired by the discovery of a vinyl photo album from 1966 at a flea market, Elise P. Church’s work is an examination of nostalgia through memorabilia both lost and found. In the painting series titled “Remnants” the artist repurposes photographs for potential studies on large uniquely shaped paintings using scraps from the photographs. Church’s work uses the photographs to cut, crop, frame and excise fragments for an assemblage with consideration to color and form. With great attention to detail she matches the color of the painting to that of the aged analog photographs. Finished works vary in size from a few inches to upwards of 100 inches and replicated in ink and gesso on paper. Matte paintings layered with drips and brush marks contrast and offset the glossy finish of the photographs.


Barbara Friedman, Gulliver’s Legs, 2016.

Barbara Friedman, Gulliver’s Legs, 2016.

Barbara Friedman, Strange Bedfellows

At CAS Arts Center

October 21 - November 19, 2017

Artists Talk
Saturday, October 21 from 3 to 4 pm

Opening Reception
Saturday, October 21 from 4 to 6 pm

 

Barbara Friedman’s divergent and changing motifs pay homage to different genres. Drawing on a variety of artistic traditions – portraiture, history painting, plein-air landscape and abstraction – together, pursue themes of dislocation. Employing a diverse cast of anti-heroes, Friedman’s compositions include Gulliver the hyperbolic misfit; a suspiciously malleable Gumby; that known prevaricating half-boy Pinocchio. The artist allows these bedfellows images to appear and give a sense of arriving, as if they come into the paintings’ pictorial spaces from somewhere else they’ve been. To this effect, the characters are dislocated from their right place, though stabilized through Friedman’s expressive painting amidst a disorienting space. Friedman’s characters play to her current concerns, be they formal, conceptual, or worldly. 


Elizabeth Ennis, My Lost History

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At CAS Arts Center

November 25 - December 31, 2017

Opening Reception
Saturday, October 21 from 4 to 6 pm

Artists Statement

After moving my parents for the third time into an Independent Living facility, I discovered a large storage container with hundreds of old family photographs, some from the late 1800’s, that were all unlabeled, except for some that had the name of the photography studio and the city where they were taken. Over the last three years I’ve tried to ask my parents about them to no avail. They couldn’t recognize anyone, all lost to dementia. All my father knew about them was that they were from the Ennis side of the family, which had come over from Ireland to work on the railroads. I got the distinct feeling that he didn’t want to discuss the family history. My mother had implied that my dad’s father had drunk himself to death. The men, women, and children in these photographs, some certainly my not-so- distant relatives, are lost to history. I can only interact with these artifacts of their lives, an act of recovery through art. After living with these images for the last three years, I propose an installation combining the photos and a film based on them, incorporating sounds and images of America’s railroads, which
my forebears helped build, fresh off the boat from Ireland.

Elizabeth Ennis is a photographer, illustrator, curator, and mixed media artist who lives in Roscoe, NY, and New York City. She has exhibited her work in New York City and the Catskills. She was a member of the Outsider’s Studio Collective and has curated numerous shows in many venues in Sullivan County, NY.

 

CAS FALL 2017 EXHIBITION SEASON

Mac Adams / Adam Crosson / Carolina Rubio MacWright / Kaytea Petro / Yoav Ruda
Light and Dark

September 9 – October 15
Artist Talk 3pm / Opening Reception 4-6pm 

Elise P. Church, Low Tide
Barbara Friedman, Strange Bedfellows

October 21 – November 19
Artist Talk 3pm / Opening Reception 4-6pm 

CAS 2017 Winter Members Show
November 25 – December 31
Annual Members Meeting 2pm / Opening Reception 3-5pm