Drawings and Collages
It goes without saying that the Covid-19 pandemic has been a tragedy of epic proportions and has affected us all to a greater or lesser extent. With the shelter-in-place order for the state of California, we were forced to shut down our college facility and the Haldan Art Gallery. Instead of staging our normal face-to-face exhibitions we have created a series of virtual exhibitions for our visitors to enjoy. There is, of course, no substitute for viewing art first-hand in an actual space but it is precisely because of the current situation that we have been able to introduce this particular exhibition.
Due to the prohibitive cost of shipping, it would normally have been out of the question to stage an exhibition of two artists who live in Brooklyn, NY. The pandemic, however, opened that window of opportunity for us to invite two working artists who live and work in the New York Metropolitan Area (now sheltering in Columbia County north of New York) to exhibit some recent works in our virtual Haldan Art Gallery.
This exhibition is particularly special to me because I have known these two artists for over 40 years. We all moved to New York City as young artists at about the same time. Joanne and I moved to New York right out of undergraduate school at SUNY Potsdam in upstate NY and Leonard (aka Lenny) moved to the city from Minneapolis, MN (originally from Evansville, IN). While I did not remain in NYC, my two friends who also happen to be husband and wife, stayed in New York and built a life for themselves. To remain a working artist in New York, without inherited financial assistance, is no easy feat. They, like many artists, moved to Brooklyn in order to find larger and less expensive live/workspaces. Through hard work and determination, they bought their first building in Fort Green, Brooklyn. Since that time, they have bought and fixed up two successive buildings in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn. They also raised two sons, Marshall and Austin, who are now 27 and 24 respectively. And throughout it all they have remained working artists.
Both artists have typically worked in the medium of sculpture until relatively recently. This current work, much smaller in scale compared to earlier works, is composed of drawings and collages. We hope you will enjoy this exhibition and join us on Thursday, January 21, 6pm Pacific Time, for a synchronous Zoom artist’s talk with these two, very interesting artists.