Art empowers learning
On Exhibit in the Gallery… September 14 to November 8
Finding Beauty in Chaos
Paintings by Wilson Hunt and Photography by Stephen Duede
Steven J. Duede
In much of my work I’m dealing with subjects that are in a transitory state. The Evanescence series features images from composted organic materials. The photographs reflect my continued interest in images that can be beautiful; images that are chaotic, from natural elements and that also evoke something less obviously marvelous. Flowers and natural things are marvels of beauty and flora is a big subject in my work abutting elements of the unseemly, the degraded. These elements provoke thoughts regarding the contrast of the graceful and the less than beautiful. Themes in relation to mortality and vitality can arise from participating in these sorts of subjects and that thoughtful imagery abounds for me in my own creative process. Within these images from composted organic materials I’m witnessing the decomposition of natural compositions. In this body of work, as in many, I’m exploring the mechanics of transition through time, neglect and natural decomposition. I hope to establish images that can be beautiful and chaotic. Subjects that in their own specific way function as part of a beautiful transient process.
My work I describe as being abstract. It is also non-representational and comes out of my imagination. Many works are on paper, which I tape to a painting table, sometimes wet the paper, and lay down the first strokes of paint, one stroke being a response or complement to the one before it. I look to build up a dynamic structure and a strong form. My work to me has an organic look, which comes from an appreciation of the sometimes chaotic beauty of nature. Many works resemble landscapes with a sky and a ground. As well as nature, I have been influenced by the history of painting in the 20th century. Abstract expressionist painters like De Kooning or color painters like Wolf Kahn are inspirational. As a person of color, I am also influenced by the history of Blacks in America and the continued racism and discrimination now. As someone said, “Take your broken heart and make art.”
This exhibit would not be possible without assistance from the Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library.
The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular library hours.
Community Art Wall
Arts Steering Committee
Exhibit Hours :
(closed Sundays from Mother’s Day through Labor Day)
Special thanks…The exhibits and the receptions are sponsored by the Arts Steering Committee, the Friends of the Library and the Bedford Free Public Library.