Narrative Abstracts at Perspectives Gallery

January 28 to April 28, 2017

Artwork by Jennifer McCandless

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents Narrative Abstracts, at Perspectives… The Gallery at Whitney Center. Narrative Abstracts brings together six artists who, through their respective mediums, combine abstract visual elements with representational imagery, weaving narratives about personal, cultural and global issues.

The Arts Council will host an opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. The reception will feature resident artists talks, 2-2:30 p.m. with Peter Hunt and Estelle Glasser, and Narrative Abstracts Artist Talks, 2:30-3 p.m. with Megan Craig and Loren Britton.

The exhibition, curated by Debbie Hesse, will be on view to the public through April 28, 2017, at the gallery located at 200 Leeder Hill Dr., Hamden, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-7 p.m., and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

About the artists:
Jennifer McCandless’ cartoon-like ceramic sculptures that seem both human and animal, explore gravity, balance and movement. “I try to make the work seem almost alive, animated. I try to capture a feeling of, for example, writhing, twisting, dripping or crawling.”

Phyllis Crowley explores movement and is interested in how patterns can distort form in her series of swimmers through photography. “I am interested in the ways that the light reflects across the bright surfaces, forms patterns and illuminates movement. I have photographed these swimmers over a period of years. I have always been attracted to the ways in which interfaces, like water, distort the subject, leaving us once again with the question of how truly we can see or know anything.”

Hands appear in both Loren Britton and Megan Craig’s works to emphasize the importance of gesture and sensory experience as an essential form of communication. Britton’s drawings, sculpture, painting hybrids relate to the body and language. Craig, uses broad gestural painted brushstrokes that explore sensation, color, perception, and synesthesia in her paintings – ideas she researches as a professor of philosophy and art at Stony Brook University.

Interdisciplinary artist Lani Asuncion references local histories of the communities she works with to tell personal stories.

Polly Allison Shindler paints her minute to-minute experiences, such as hanging out laundry or camping, in bold color, pattern and unique multiple perspective creating an immediate, raw, visual diary of her life.

For more information about Narrative Abstracts and Perspectives… The Gallery at Whitney Center email or call (203) 772-2788.


Perspectives…The Gallery at Whitney Center, a gallery exhibit in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and Whitney Center, is located at 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. The gallery features regional artists in group and thematic shows. Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Artists’ Opportunity If you would like to be considered for an exhibit at Perspectives…The Gallery at Whitney Center, 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]







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