The Mattatuck Museum located on 144 West Main Street is hosting three different exhibitions highlighting a variety of sculptures from dry wall reliefs and Arabic abstractions to a series of paintings.
The first exhibit that runs from September 9 through October 23 and is called The Geometry of Passio. It is the work of Arthur Carter. Carter’s abstract sculptures allude to human gestures and interactions and often reflect his interest in mathematics, graphic design and minimalism. Newspaper work instigated the shift to art-making. For Carter, the process of laying-out and designing newspaper pages generated an interest in graphics. He moved from the two-dimensional printed page to three-dimensions using stainless steel, a material that had been familiar to him since his days at Officer Candidate School where he learned welding. This exhibition will feature Carter’s sculptures, paintings, and works on paper. There is a reception with the artist on Friday, September 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
A second show, also on display from September 9 – October 23 is called A State of Strain and is the work of Ryan Roa. This exhibition features sculptural installations in multiple locations throughout the museum. In addition to his Space Drawings (created by stretching industrial bungee cords to capacity), the exhibit includes Roa’s steel mesh floor sculptures, dry-wall relief sculptures, charcoal drawings and a light show in the storefront located across the Green from the Museum. There is a reception with the artist on Friday, September 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Rigorous and Surprising, the Art of Steven Naifeh begins on September 15 and runs through November 6 with a reception on September 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. In painting and sculpture, Steven Naifeh explores the affinity between the geometric abstraction of Western art and the millennium-old tradition of Arab and Islamic abstraction. The 15 large-scale works in this exhibition reflect the many shared influences between them. Naifeh typically works in series, several of which are represented here. In some, the geometric form remains constant while scale and color change. Colors run a beautiful rainbow of jewel tones – gemstones and precious metals. Sometimes Naifeh translates his paintings into limestone sculptures. All offer rich ideas for exploration: formal beauty, the nature of abstraction and the intersection of mathematics and art.
For more information on the Mattatuck Museum and for a list of programs and events visit the website at http://www.mattatuckmuseum.org