Five local artists exhibit series works at Landmark College

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Susan Wilson creates large scale sculptures capturing emotions and personalities. Photo provided

 

PUTNEY, Vt. – An art exhibition titled “Series,” curated by Landmark College art faculty member Christie Herbert, will open at the Landmark College Fine Arts Gallery with a reception on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2 to 4 p.m. “Series” features five artists who live and work in Windham County, Vt. – Ricia Gordon, Stephen Procter, Michael Poster, Elizabeth Ungerleider, and Susan Wilson. The exhibit will be open daily through April 14. Admission is free.

In March and April, each artist will give a free talk about his or her work in the Fine Arts Gallery on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., as follows:

March 2: Ricia Gordon

March 9: Elizabeth Ungerleider

March 23: Susan Wilson

March 30: Steve Procter

April 6: Michael Poster

 

What is a series? “A series can hark back to a romanticized time when stories were released in print as a serial,” Herbert wrote in the catalog that will accompany the show. “We like to think that each new installment was eagerly awaited, discussed and watched in lives marked by fewer choices. More recently, a television series can be watched in weekly increments or binge-watched in one sitting. … In any case, the tension lies in the unfolding, the waiting to see the next installment in a series, noting the telling detail or unexpected plot twist.”

Ricia Gordon’s series of paintings explores how the artistic process itself unfolds, including the layering over of surfaces as a kind of modern exorcising ritual in her series, “I Cannot Fathom.” Gordon is a Brattleboro resident with an M.F.A. in writing. Since retiring from Landmark College, she has shifted from doing creative writing to developing a serious painting practice. Gordon has shown her work in numerous local and regional galleries and venues.

Michael Poster’s series in this show documents a theme over time as he immerses himself in a particular community. In this case, he shares his experience with a women’s roller derby team. His series is at once a documentation of raw, feminist energy and a nod to the tender and unguarded moments captured outside the rink. Poster moved to Dummerston in 2011 from Pennsylvania, and has a studio at the Cotton Mill.

Stephen Procter’s series of monumental ceramic vases invites the human body to stand and note how each vase differs, referencing a kind of navigation of encounters over time in a contemporary setting. Procter is a trained musician and ceramic artist whose sense of form is influenced by music. He has a studio at the Cotton Mill.

Elizabeth Ungerleider has been photographing her surroundings since she received her first Kodak Instamatic camera at age 10. Via long-term daily photographic documentation on Facebook, Ungerleider explores what happens when those sequences are juxtaposed over a period of years— a modern day visual diary delivered via modern technology and social media.

Susan Wilson’s large-scale sculptures capture series of emotions and personalities. The large-scale faces seem both familiar and alien, evoking the sense of how distinct each is, while also asking the viewer to find kinship and community among them. After teaching art for 30 years, Wilson retired to Putney, finding the communities of southeast Vermont an inspiration for her new figurative ceramic sculpture.

The Landmark College Fine Arts Gallery is open to the public daily from 10 to 6. Landmark College is at 19 River Road South in Putney, Vt. The Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building on the campus’s quad. Contact Christie Herbert at cherbert@landmark.edu with any questions.

 

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