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Winter Show

Date

Feb 17 2019 - Mar 08 2019

Time

All of the day

Organizer

More Information:

Sydney Waller, Gallerist
Phone
607-547-5327
Email
leartgarage@gmail.com

Location

The Art Garage
689 Beaver Meadow Road, Cooperstown, NY, USA
Category

Date

Feb 17 2019 - Mar 08 2019

Time

All of the day

Winter Show

The Art Garage Winter Show includes a “Winter Wall” with a different Featured Artist every three weeks.  International artist Michael Binder, Hartwick, is the Featured Artist from February 16 through March 8.

The five artists permanently on view during the Winter Show until its April closing include Alice Hudson (Norwich) and Lavern Kelley (Oneonta), whose estates the Art Garage represents; Louis Sherry, a newly discovered self-taught artist near Ithaca; South Worcester’s Gail Peachin, and Robert Ginder (CA & Nevada). Farmer artist Kelley is arguably Otsego County’s most famous artist with work in the Smithsonian, the International Museum of Folk Art, Santa Fe and Fenimore Art Museum.

The show is open daily by appointment, simply call 607-547-5327, text 315-941-9607 or email leartgarage@gmail.com.

Michael Binder, now a resident in Hartwick, has lived for long periods of time on three different continents. He has exhibited internationally in Paraguay, Germany and Switzerland. Locally he has exhibited at the Cooperstown Art Association in the Regional and National Shows.

Born in the Black Forest in Riedlingen, Germany during WWII, he was a baby when his family fled on bicycle to Switzerland. His father, a renowned doctor, soon moved the family to South America where he set up a hospital in Pulculpa, Peru. Michael spent his early years in Peru, and became fluent in Spanish as well as German. Binder returned to Europe to study at Abitur Herman Lietz Schule, Bieberstein, Germany, then at Ecole d’Humanite, a progressive international boarding school in Hasliberg Goldern, Switzerland, in the Berner Oberland.

He immigrated to the United States for a five-year undergraduate-graduate program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. He taught at the Museum of Fine Arts night school for a year before accepting a position at the Hermann Lietz Schule Schloss, Bieberstein, Germany.

Eventually he returned to Central and South America where he spent five years in Mexico, Peru, and Brazil, particularly in Paraguay. Wherever he was, he assisted artisans of various cultures to bring their art to markets and to help them get “the best price possible for their work.” A life-long gifted art teacher, he left South America to teach ceramics/painting/drawing/sculpture at the Ecole d’Humanite in Switzerland for two decades.

Binder moved to Upstate New York in 2003 and married artist Shari Adams, whom he first met at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in the late 1960s. They live in the town of Hartwick on an old farm and have adjoining studios in the barn. Binder has built an outdoor kiln for his ceramic work. When not making art he made artists’ oil paint, offsite, first for Williamsburg Art Materials, East Meredith, then for twelve years at Golden Artist Colors, Columbus, NY, the internationally recognized artists’ paint company in Chenango County — that employs a number of artists.

Binder was a paint-maker for their Williamsburg oils line until 2016, when he tragically suffered a stroke.  In steady recovery from that trauma, he continues to pursue abstract experiments with color, a subject that has always been important to him.  While he no longer makes precise, detailed, often surreal drawings like those on display at the Art Garage, his artwork is evolving in new and fascinating directions.

 

Robert Ginder’s work was introduced locally at The Art Garage in 2018. Represented by the Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, he formerly showed at OK Harris Gallery, SoHo, New York. His works are in private and public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA and the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY. He is better-known for his signature goldleaf backgrounds, not the mysterious works on display in the Winter Show. At The Art Garage his works present as found objects, repurposed and rearranged to become literally unreadable poems, as he strives to suggest creative inspiration behind poetry writing. “This is poetry obscured and made indecipherable for the purpose of retaining the mystery of a space for the spirit of poetry,” he noted. Through his art he “would like people to inhabit the space between the words of a Haiku, rather than the Haiku itself; to feel the potential of that space, of nothing and everything that eventually always speaks.” Work on display include an antique door pierced with dozens of keyholes/keys, from which hang words from a poem.

Alice Hudson’s highly original work is most readily seen in San Diego, CA at the Mingei International Museum. The museum owns two large-scale permanent installations, Procession and A Palace for Wednesday, and carries her popular work in their museum store. Because the museum is closed for renovations, her exquisite small figurative sculptures can now be seen locally. More than a dozen are on display, a veritable parade of distinct characters including a troll pondering a large insect and a tiny baby carriage with acorn cap wheels. Originally from Buffalo, Hudson lived in Norwich NY until her death (2013). The Museum of the City of New York owns a major piece.

More than a yard long (!), Lavern Kelley’s realistically-carved red 1966 Mack truck hauls three sections of logs. It’s Kelley’s last masterpiece, created the year of his life in 1998. Also on view: a pair of International pickup trucks, created in the early 1960s. Additionally the winter show presents a selection of Kelley’s works on paper drawn in the 1940s and early 1950s, illustrating farming activities on both sides of the paper. Kelley’s works can be found in many private collections including that of Harvey Fierstein, NYC, and in museum collections across the country: Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers Museum in Cooperstown, the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, and the Smithsonian’s Museum of American Art in Washington, DC. Born in 1928, Kelley is a self-taught artist who was given a pocketknife at age seven, a gift that set the course for his life’s work. He grew up on a farm at Kelley’s Corners outside Oneonta, NY. A graduate of Oneonta High School, Kelley was inducted into the Oneonta High School Wall of Fame in 2017, an honor that his loyal OHS Class of 1948 vigorously championed.

Gail Peachin’s repurposed black-and-white photos are salvaged from vintage family albums she encounters in her day-job as a purveyor of antiques and collectibles in Hudson. With scissors Peachin carefully removes figures from the photographs, and replaces the negative space with colorful art patterns. The photos become striking collages. Peachin splits her time between South Worcester and Hudson. A graduate of The Art Institute of Chicago (BFA), Peachin is known to use non-traditional materials in her art. Her successful “cake” sculptures of the 1990s were created from dried flowers, foliage and found objects; she made the first prototype for the late Gallery 53’s tenth anniversary cake show, that inspired a new line of art for her in the NYC market.

Louis Sherry offers mostly life-size brightly-painted totem-like sculptures. The abstract curvilinear constructions are cut out of wood, then pieced together with screws and layered over a larger surface. The whole is painted with fantastical imagery such as two-headed, glitter-coated amoeba-like snakes. Every side has its double, painted on all sides including the interior boxes, that the artist considers to be “birdhouses”. He considers them to have a spiritual dimension. A self-taught artist, Louis Sherry, lives in a log cabin in Berkshire, NY near Ithaca. He grew up in Southampton, Long Island, where he worked on his family’s dairy farm, milking cows by hand. Later he worked in the family ‘s pasteurizing business, then established his own milk route, delivering milk for many years, including to Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, and other iconic 20th century artists on Long Island. He was a “fly boy” during the Korean War and headed up a bomb squad. Sherry moved upstate within the last decade where he makes his art. He reads about World War II and mostly works on his projects fulltime, “sometimes even in the middle of the night. True grit!” he explains.

The show is open daily by appointment, simply call 607-547-5327, text 315-941-9607 or email leartgarage@gmail.com.

For MORE INFORMATION: Contact: Sydney Waller 607-547-5327 leartgarage@gmail.com

Location

The Art Garage
689 Beaver Meadow Road, Cooperstown, NY, USA
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