Anita Soos and Ken Lovell at Gallery 195
June 18 to September 20, 2013
The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents an exhibition of works by Connecticut artists Anita Soos and Ken Lovell at Gallery 195 at First Niagara Bank, 195 Church St., 4th floor, New Haven. The exhibition will be on display during bank hours from June 18th to September 20th, 2013. An artists’ reception is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10th, from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists at this closing reception.
Curated by Debbie Hesse, The Arts Council’s director of artistic services & programs, the exhibit pairs the artists because both create abstract rhythms through the use of color, texture and pattern.
“While Anita Soos creates painterly prints that are atmospheric and reference the landscape, Ken Lovell, a digital painter, programs random elements from computer generated templates,” Hesse said. “Both artists explore the balance of chance and choice, as dictated by the processes and materials inherent in their respective mediums.”
Anita Soos graduated from Endicott College in 1968 and is the owner of Anita Soos Design, Inc., a Connecticut-based design company specializing in mail order, product development, greeting card design and advertising for a select group of clients.
In her artistic pursuits, Soos’ primary medium is paint, but also uses pastel, printmaking, drawing and mixed media. In her artist’s statement, she says that she has created bodies of work based on the observations of water and photographic studies for the past 25 years.
“I am continually struck by the notion that the chaos in nature is perfectly ordered. The quality of light, the movement of the water, the time of day, low tide, high tide, wind, calm, sun, rain, clouds, storm. These all converge into a single moment that is singular, never to be repeated,” Soos says.
Lovell received his MFA in painting from Yale University in 1992 and currently works at the institution as the technical director of the Digital Media Center for the Arts.
“My working method involves both digital means and traditional fine art concerns,” Lovell explains in his artist’s statement. “Random elements and research material are programmatically combined using a digital collage technique of my creation. With these computer-generated templates as a starting point an image evolves, serially, with printed matter being altered by subjective physical performance. This mechanism of production allows elements of chance (the voice of the medium) to co-exist with painterly choices.”
For more information about this exhibition and Gallery 195 at First Niagara Bank, call the Arts Council at (203) 772-2788.
Gallery 195, a gallery exhibit in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and First Niagara, is located at 195 Church Street (across from the New Haven Green) on the fourth floor. Two-person exhibitions are mounted quarterly and are coordinated by the Arts Council.
If you would like to be considered for a two-person exhibition at Gallery 195, please send images, résumé and bio to: Arts Council of Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510. For more information, call Debbie Hesse at 203-772-2788 or email dhesse [at] newhavenarts.org.