DRY POINTS FROM BARGELLO & EX-LIBRIS

OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 18
OPENING OCTOBER 28, 5-7PM

Gene Baldini

Artist Statement

I have always had enthusiasm for the Bargello, but a protracted and consistently active participation through drawing for over a year has slowly opened my awareness to the low frequency pulsation of the place. The “category” of a Renaissance and Medieval mausoleum to be revered has given way to that of a silent circus in which each sculpture projects the qualities of human emotion, intelligence, dignity, imagination and relationship to the continuum that the visitors rarely do. The collective low frequency hum is a very soft song that reminds me not of how far we’ve come, but of how far we’ve fallen.

Artist Biography

Based in Italy, artist Gene Baldini received an MFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BFA from the University of Illinois. Baldini was artist in residence at Harriman State Park in New York and has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and the Hellen Frankel Award as well as other prizes. Baldini has participated in prestigious public exhibitions in Italy, Europe, North America and many parts of the world, including international print biennales. Baldini’s work is held in private collections around the world.

STONE STORIES

OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 18
OPENING OCTOBER 28, 5-7PM

Travis Melanson

Artist Statement

Alone only with our thoughts what would come of them? The ancients of various cultures told us tales of monsters and creatures that struck fear into the heart of any soul that dared listen. They recorded these tales with the use of ceramics and sculptural techniques. The terracotta warriors, once painted, now capture the essence of naked clay. The Greeks used vases to immortalise their gods and breathe life into their mythical creatures. My work reflects on this technique of passing on stories through ceramics. I create the things I see in my nightmares and have them burned inside the kiln to free my mind. When the fire is out the pieces have changed and whispers from deep within allow me to tell new tales.

Artist Biography

New Brunswick artist Travis Melanson received an MFA in Ceramics from NSCAD University and a Bachelors from the Universit√© de Moncton. He has participated in several exhibitions, including shows at the Galerie d’art Louise et Reuben-Cohen and the Anna Leonowens Gallery. As an emerging artist, Melanson has been actively participating as a ceramicist in the New Brunswick fine craft community and displays his functional and sculptural pieces at local markets. Melanson often develops his work in the Sunbury Shores pottery studio.