Opening Reception Sat. April 30, 2016
Cross Contemporary Art
81 Partition St. Saugerties, New York 12477
on view thru May 22, 2016
Saugerties, New York- Cross Contemporary Art is pleased to present the paintings of DionYANNATOS in the Main Gallery and photographs by Tom LUCIANO in the Project Corner. The exhibition will run from April 30- May 22 with a reception for the artists on Sat April 30 from 6-8pm.
In this exhibit, Dion Yannatos continues his investigation into the effects of light through the glazes of painterly mark making. Known for his large-scale canvases of woodlands, streams and rocks, Yannatos balances between reality and abstraction. As water receives its shape by the container it is in, Yannatos' shimmering subject matter is tentatively bound by the reality of its form- but just barely. From a distance, the precise details of moss, rocks, streams and soil are distinct and clear but on close inspection, this illusion dissipates and the marks scatter into shimmering discrete brush strokes held together by the memory of the original narrative.
Art writer Raymond Steiner notes: "That (Yannatos) is sensitive to the mysterious energy of illusion inherent in the impact of light on the retina â€” that trick of nature to present vibrant atoms to our eyes as "trees," "leaves," or "earth" â€” is evident not only in the almost spasmodic handling of the brush, but also in the odd melding of color that he so successfully weaves into â€” not just a visual impression â€” but also a tactile one that is "felt" in oneâ€™s viscera."
About Dion Yannnatos: Dion Yannatos has shown nationally in New York, New England and on the west coast including shows at the Bellevue Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Bellingham Museum of Art, and at the Boise State Visual Arts Center as well as many galleries and exhibition venues. A recipient of the Jacob K. Javitts Fellowship as well as a W.W. Stout Fellowship and Gonzales Scholarship, Yannatos recieved his MFA from the University of Washington ('94) after a year at the Ecole Marchutz in Aix-en-Provence in France.
THE PROJECT CORNER
Cross Contemporary Art features the photo giclees of Tom Luciano in The Project Corner. Luciano's photographs are meditations on the sensuality of water, stone and light observed in the quiet streams of the Catskill Mountains. By capturing the simple details of nature, these private moments seem to stretch and elongate time accomplishing the opposite of the photographic instant. The use of line and color tonalities to build structure creates innovative displacement of temporal concerns. One becomes consumed by natures erotic ecology, at once immediate while also universal in natures long cycles. A longtime resident of upstate New York, Tom Luciano is an accomplished artist having studied with photographers Jed Devine and Jan Groover at SUNY Purchase (BFA '86).
About Cross Contemporary Art: Cross Contemporary Art is a gallery dedicated to showing mid-career and established artists who have a connection to New York City, Hudson Valley and Catskills region. Open Thurs through Mon 12-6, Tues and Wed by appointment or chance. 81 Partition st Saugerties, NY 12477 Phone Gallery Director Jen Dragon 845.399.9751 for more information