“You Are Here” at the Patchogue-Medford Library

A VARIENT OF THIS ESSAY HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE MARCH 2017 ISSUE OF ACES MAGAZINE

Now on view at the Patchogue-Medford Library is a series of black and white, site-specific photographs by Dan Lachacz. The series of work, collectively titled You Are Here, finds the artist using the exhibition venue as his subject matter, as he alters the space until it no longer looks familiar. The photographs are similar to site-specific installations in which an artist creates a new body of work specifically for a designated exhibition space. The exhibition is the fifth of its kind with the artist previously exhibiting his site-specific photography at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, Islip Art Museum, Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company, and the Second Avenue Firehouse Gallery.

Each composition consists of multiple contrasting points that draw the viewer in as Lachacz juxtaposes light with dark, color with shadow, and space with closure. The distorted images of unreal qualities and obscure angles create a sense of intimacy for the viewer, igniting his or her desire to explore the composition and its many stimulating facets. With his photographs, Lachacz presents the exhibition space from unconventional angles, unique perspectives, and other, unconventional points of view. By distorting the perspective in which the venue is normally perceived, the artist challenges the viewer to re-evaluate his or her surroundings, making the viewer conscious of the space he or she occupies.

The settings of some of Lachacz’s photographs are easier to interpret than others. A passing glance at Site-Specific Photograph #6 reveals that the artist has situated himself within the biographical section of Patchogue-Medford Library. Two towering shelves, filled to the brim with books, recede deep within the compositional space to a point just to the left of the vertical axis. The strong orthogonal lines meet at a point well below the horizontal axis, allowing the stacks of book to loom large, well above the created point of view. On closer observation, the viewer can determine some of the Library’s extensive catalogue of biographies including books on Cy Young, Don Zimmer, and Emile Zola. Like many of Lachacz’s photographs, the work’s intriguing perspective pulls the viewer in, imbuing him or her with the desire to study the finer qualities that are hidden within.

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Dan Lachacz, Site-Specific Photograph #6, 2017

Likewise, Site-Specific Photograph #4 is another photograph where the setting is instantly recognizable at a passing glance. The picture finds the artist situated at the top of a set of stairs, which leads the viewer to the lower level of the library. The photograph is symmetrically balanced with the vanishing point found in the center of the composition. The strong vertical line of the central banister divides the photograph into two equal halves. The work has a triangular motif as the walls close in on either side of the picture plane, which opens up a space that is wider at the bottom of the photograph and narrower at the top. Although the work’s setting is familiar, the point in which it is perceived is unique to the inquisitive mind of the artist.

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Dan Lachacz, Site-Specific Photograph #4, 2017

In other works, however, Lachacz directly challenges the viewer to determine his settings and subject matter. One such example of this can be found in Site-Specific Photograph #5, which renders a section of a carved, wooden sculpture situated against a brick and mortar wall. The work is a stunning array of contrasts between smooth and rough surfaces, lights and shadows, and of curved and rigid shapes. The subject matter appears familiar, but unusual, as the artist has omitted some of its more recognizable features. The artist dares the viewer to be mindful of his or her surroundings, opening his or her eyes to the insignificant features of the exhibition space that have blended into the background.

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Dan Lachacz, Site-Specific Photograph #5, 2017

Dan Lachacz is a fine arts photographer from Patchogue, NY. He is an Assistant Director of New York Contemporary Artists Symposium and Co-President of Criterion Contemporary. He is a 2010 alumnus of the New York Foundation for the Arts’ MARK program and has had his artwork exhibited nationally and internationally by the East End Arts Council in Riverhead, Patchogue Arts Gallery, Islip Art Museum, and the Museum of Satu Mare in Romania.

The Patchogue-Medford Library is a School District Public Library serving the residents of the Patchogue-Medford community. The Patchogue-Medford Library is committed to providing resources and opportunities that empower, educate and entertain the community. The library features 12 monthly exhibitions per year in their lower level lobby that highlight the artwork of local artists and various arts organizations. You Are Here, featuring the photography of Dan Lachacz, is on display at the Patchogue-Medford Library during the month of March 2017.

Jay Schuck


Photo Credits
All images are courtesy of Dan Lachacz
© Dan Lachacz 2017

3rd International Artist Residency Comes to Long Island

THIS ESSAY HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE NOVEMBER 2016 ISSUE OF ACES MAGAZINE

For the third time in five years, the Islip Art Museum brought a group of international artists to Long Island for it’s two-week long New York Contemporary Art Symposium (NYCAS). Unlike previous residencies, which included artists from around the world, NYCAS 2016 focused on a specific country, bringing five Chilean artists to New York from September 19 to October 3. For this year’s residency, the Islip Art Museum collaborated with International Meeting of Art, a global non-profit organization dedicated to the arts and cultural exchange while encouraging, supporting, and facilitating the possibility for artists of all mediums and different cultures to work together. The 2016 NYCAS artists included Andrés Achavar, Ignacio Castillo, Paloma Gómez, Marcela Zamorano González, and Nico Huidobro. Like previous residencies, the participants were invited to exhibit their artwork across Long Island and experience all that New York culturally has to offer.

The residency featured a group of artists working in a variety of mediums. Andrés Achavar is a fine watercolorist whose work focuses on the beauty of the everyday. His paintings capture the essence of his subject matters that occupy a brief moment of time, as each work is bathed in a rich atmospheric light that encapsulates its setting. His figures are expressionless, devoid of individualistic features, as they go about their everyday-activities in urban and sub-urban street scenes or interior settings that project a moment plucked from time, forever frozen in watercolor.

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Andrés Achavar, West 20th Street, 2016

Ignacio Castillo’s work is a reaction to the increasing industrialization of his hometown of Santiago City. His small-scale ceramic sculptures rise from the grounds in which they are fired. Some figures tower over the smaller ones, casting them in shadows. These figures, like Achavar’s, are featureless, standing representative of the everyman. His subject matter is not the figures themselves, but the expressions and emotions they project through their poses, gestures, and colors.

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Ignacio Castillo, Art Energetic Gnapo, 2016

Working in oil paint, Paloma Gómez’s subject matter alternates between the abstract and the representational. She is inspired by the relationships between man and their environments as well as their interpersonal interactions. For the basis of each painting, she uses her own sketches, photographs and imagination as references. She builds up the layers of her compositions with vibrant colors until she feels each canvas is complete. Her Headphones and Nocturno series captures sub-urban street scenes at night with her figures and landscapes saturated in the afterglow of street laps that dance across the night sky. Although painted on a squared piece of canvas, her compositions are circular as if the scene is viewed through a hole in a screen.

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Paloma Gómez, Headphones XIV, 2016

In her photography, Marcela Zamorano González turns her camera lens towards what is often overlooked. Broken bottles, graffiti riddled buildings, and the average passerby are all subjects utilized by the artist as she structures her compositions with strong vertical and horizontal lines that zigzag across the picture plane. By turning her attention to the mundane, the artist draws attention to the hidden beauty of the world around her, highlighting it for all to see while urging the viewers to be observant of their surroundings as well.

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Marcela Zamorano González, Untitled, 2015

In his artwork, Nico Huidobro utilizes expression as an interpretive medium with which he attempts to concentrate on the present moment and current happenings of his surroundings. His paintings are visual expressions of his reactions towards music, the people around him, and the conditions of his environment. His works are impulsive and whimsical, created on the fly or at a moment’s notice.

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Nico Huidobro, Untitled, 2016

NYCAS 2016, an Islip Art Museum and International Meeting of Art Collaboration, is a two-week long, international artist residency program based in East Islip, NY. The bi-annual residency seeks to encourage and improve the cultural exchange between participating artists and collaborating communities. In 2016, the Islip Art Museum hosted five Chilean artists working in a variety of mediums from September 19 to October 3. These artists exhibited their paintings, photographs, and sculpture at the Islip Art Museum, Second Avenue Firehouse Gallery in Bay Shore, and the Patchogue Arts Gallery throughout September and October. Additionally, their work is currently on display in the exhibition Made in Chile at Toast Coffeehouse in Patchogue until December 28.

Jay Schuck


Photo Credits
Images of Paloma Gómez and Marcela Zamorano González artwork courtesy of Patchogue Arts Council

Images of Andrés Achavar, Ignacio Castillo, and Nico Huidobro artwork courtesy of Islip Art Museum

Journeys in Photography: Carole J. Amodeo and Howard Beckerman

On view at the Artspace Patchogue is Magical Moments: Journeys in Photography a two-person exhibition featuring the artwork of Carole J. Amodeo and Howard Beckerman. Amodeo’s body of work stems from her interest in storefront display windows and often depicts mannequins that model articles of clothing behind glass while capturing the street scenes that are projected off of the reflected surface. Beckerman, on the other hand, is interested in the relationship between light and landscape, capturing Patchogue’s scenic landscape and village-scape at various times through the day. He often edits his photographs digitally with the finished products being exhibited through various filters. In their respective photographs, each artist captures moments of time in their everyday lives through the use of point-and-shoot cameras.

Included in the exhibition are new works from Amodeo’s Reflection Series. Deriving from her series of New York City reflections photography, the artist ventured into Greenport and Port Jefferson to take photographs of various storefront displays. One such work is Chic Chick, which portrays two mannequins wearing sundresses and large, dark sunglasses with a third mannequin hidden in the background. On the right-hand side of the composition, the prominent mannequin in the foreground adorns a slim green clutch bag that features two flamingos with their necks craned into a heart-shaped fashion. Reflecting off the glass window, one finds another storefront situated across the street along with the rear of a parked car in the lower right corner. Strong horizontals cut across the center of the composition as a towering tree, devoid of leafs, occupies the left-hand section of the picture. Indicative of the leafless tree and apparel of the mannequins, one can deduce that the photograph was taking in the early Spring months of the year.

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Carole J. Amodeo, Chic Chick, 2016

Another work by Amodeo, Up on the Rooffeatures a wooden stepladder that is trapped behind glass. Probably used to set up the shop’s display case, a large tag dangles from the ladder’s metal hinge with packaging resting on several of its steps. Reflecting off the glass is a two story, bright red building, which occupies the majority of the composition. Ascetically, the ascending ladder leads the viewer’s eye to top section of the photograph, which depicts a pale white sphere that is cast against a dark blue background. as two fictive birds appear to be flying in the sky.

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Carole J. Amodeo, Up on the Roof, 2016

In his compositions, Beckerman offers the viewers a glimpse into his world, which is filled with a stunning display of color and light. One photograph, Sunrise Over Artspace, consists of a beautiful juxtaposition of warms reds, orange and yellow against a varying degree of blue. The horizon line is low, allowing four-fifths of the picture to be filled with a sky that is caught in the twilight sun. Leafless trees cast their silhouettes on the horizon line as thin clouds stretch on a diagonal from the bottom left to the top right-hand side, across the work’s visual plane. One becomes lost in the photo as one would when experiencing a sunset in person.

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Howard Beckerman, Sunrise Over Artspace, 2016

Another work from Beckerman, amply titled Sunrise in Lavender, depicts a purple-blue sky over the village of Patchogue. The Congregational Church of Patchogue can be seen on the left-hand side of the horizon line with its clock tower standing tall over the village, which has been cast in a deep blue. The sky near the horizon line has been rendered in a vivid violet and is occupied by low hanging clouds that float above village. Beckerman manipulates his photograph, emphasizing the blues and purples of the original picture.

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Howard Beckerman, Sunrise in Lavender, 2016

Carole J. Amodeo began her photography career in 1999. She is a member of Women Sharing Arts, Inc., South Bay Arts Association, the Patchogue Arts Council and East End Arts Council. Her photography draws on the interpretation of light and vibrancy of color within landscapes and cityscapes. Her work has been exhibited throughout Long Island and has been published in The Photographer’s Edge, and the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce Magazine.

Howard Beckerman is a Patchogue-based songwriter and collaborator in original musical theatre programs. He is the President of Heartworks International, Inc., a corporation that develops media and publications in the arts, entertainment, and education since 1992. In 2006, he founded the New Musicals Project and co-founded Worldwide Voices, Inc. alongside his wife Linda Beckerman. A non-for-profit organization, Worldwide Voices, manages projects that support the arts and media programs through creative collaboration with multicultural groups and individuals.

Magical Moments: Journeys in Photography, featuring the artwork of Carole J. Amodeo and Howard Beckerman, is on view at Artspace Patchogue from June 11 to June 26. Artspace Patchogue is located at 20 Terry St., Patchogue, NY and is open Thursday and Friday from 2 to 7:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 PM for the duration of the exhibition.

Jay Schuck

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Reflections: Minimalist Photography by Chris Zec

 On display at Roast Coffee and Tea Trading Co. is a solo exhibition featuring a series of minimalist photographs by Chris Zec. This series of photographs finds Zec utilizing seascape reflections to create abstracted minimalist compositions that mesmerizes the viewer as he or she admires the serene natural beauty captured by the artist. The subject matter depicted by the artist, along with the manner in which each image is arranged, invites the viewer to observe the exhibition in quite meditation, as he or she loses his or herself deep in thought, within the tranquil stillness imposed by the pictures.

One piece included in the exhibition is Reed Reflections, No. 1, a photograph that depicts several grass-like reeds that have grown in still waters. Zec voids the photograph of a setting, opting to focus his camera, and the viewer’s attention, on the reeds and its still reflections captured on the water’s surface. The artist magnifies the sharp details of the plant, which pierces the water’s surface with its sharp blades of green with yellow and brown undertones. The grouping of reeds are placed just off-centered, aligned to the left-hand side of the visual plane, allowing the sky-blue listless body of water, caught in the pre-dawn’s light, to fill the remainder of the composition. Upon observing the work, along with others in the exhibition, the viewer becomes transfixed, lost with his or her own thoughts in the void created by the artist.

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Chris Zec, Reed Reflections, No. 1, 2014

Chris Zec is a fine artist from Farmingville, NY. He is a member of several Long Island arts organization including the Art League of Long Island, the Patchogue Arts Council, and North Shore Art Guild. His artwork has been exhibited extensively across Long Island including exhibitions at East End Arts in Riverhead, NY, Phoenix Gallery in Bellport, NY, and Gallery North in Stony Brook, NY. More information on the artist can be found online at http://www.chriszec.com.

The Patchogue Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 2008 to promote, encourage, and support the arts on the greater south shore of the Town of Brookhaven. The Patchogue Arts Council and Roast Coffee and Tea Trading Co. created the PAC Members Gallery at Roast in the summer of 2013 as an alternative exhibition venue where members of the Patchogue Arts Council can exhibit their artwork. Information on how to exhibit at Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Co. can be found online at http://www.patchoguearts.org.

Reflections: Photographs by Chris Zec is on display at Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Co. from March 28 – May 15, 2016, with an opening reception on Sunday, April 10, from 2 – 4pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

Jay Schuck

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Reflections of Light | JoAnne Dumas

THIS ESSAY HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE APRIL 2016 ISSUE OF ACES MAGAZINE

JoAnne Dumas is a fine artist from Long Island, NY. In her artwork, Dumas attempts to capture the ever-changing lights that reflect off the surfaces of different bodies of water. In her two and three-dimensional pieces, the artist finds an endless variety of shapes, patterns, colors, and translucency that is created by the interplay between light and water. Dumas starts each piece with her camera, exploring the many shores of Long Island, before returning to the studio to edit and manipulate each image. Many of her finished pieces are presented without a frame, allowing them to hang on the wall as if they are floating, as if the artist has taken these reflected light surfaces from the ocean and transposed them on the walls of galleries and museums.

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JoAnne Dumas, Silver Ripples, 2014

Silver Ripples is one such example were Dumas attempts to recreate the calm tranquility of shimmering surface water. The rectangular surface the photograph is printed on does not sit flush against the wall. Rather, the three-dimensional photograph waves rhythmically across one side to another, rising and falling against the wall. Ripple rings appear throughout the composition, mimicking a calm pond catching raindrops that disturb the still water. The reflective surface of the photograph, aided by the visual illusions of the image and forms created by the wooden base, allows the artist to transport the viewer from the gallery to his or her favorite shore.

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JoAnne Dumas, Vivacious Ripples, 2014

Produced on a similar wave-like base, Vivacious Ripples is a stunning display of silver, grey, and metallic blues that reflects light off of the surface from different angles and layers within the finished product. Strips of pigment are printed and placed on the cradled board in a collage-like fashion that gives the three-dimensional work a sense of depth. The printed materials exceed the dimensions of the board as they curl over the sides. Upon close observation the viewer will find ripples, similar to the ones found in Silver Ripples that have rings that extend out from its central point in concentric circles.

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JoAnne Dumas, Floating Rhythms in Blue and Gold, 2014

In some instances, Dumas breaks from the traditional method of presentation opting for more alternative methods that further engages the viewer. Floating Rhythms in Blue and Gold finds the artist utilizing a series of six printed images that hang suspended from the ceiling at different heights. Each image captures what appears to be a sunset that reflects off the water’s surface from different angles. Dumas abstracts her images here, breaking the pictures down to their basic colors that enables the viewer to study the different colors that appear in these reflected images of light as opposed to a scenic waterscape in which the viewer may be distracted by the environment. These piece hang at alternating heights that inspires the illusion of drifting in space. Despite being two-dimensional works, by suspending each piece from the ceiling allows Dumas to invade the viewer’s space, further establishing a dialogue with him or her. Floating Rhythms in Blue and Gold, along with ten other works including Vivacious Ripples, is currently on display at the Sirens Songs Gallery in Greenport, NY.

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JoAnne Dumas, Artist Proof #5, 2016

Furthermore, Dumas’ Artist Proofs gives great incite into her artistic process as one can develop a sense of how her artwork appears before it is sent to the printer. Artist Proof #5 is an intricate mix of reds, greens, and oranges that must have been taken around twilight or dusk while Artist Proof #8 captures simmering twinkles of light that dance off a cool metallic green surface. What makes the Artist Proofs different from Dumas’ finished works are the surfaces they are printed on. Without the reflective materials or curved cradleboards, the Artist Proofs appear flat, trapped within the confines of digital pixels that will become three-dimensional once they are printed and mounted.

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JoAnne Dumas, Artist Proof #8, 2016

JoAnne Dumas is a fine artist who lives and works on Long Island, NY. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees from the Pratt Institute in New York City. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout New York. She has been the recipient of several New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) grants, and has participated in several international artist residencies and symposiums. Dumas teaches visual arts at SUNY Suffolk County Community College. Her artwork is currently on display at the Sirens Song Gallery in Greenport, NY alongside Anneli Arms, Alison Perry, and Caroline Waloski. For more information on JoAnne Dumas and her artwork, be sure to visit her website http://www.dumasphoto.com.

Jay Schuck

New Voices

THIS ESSAY WAS PUBLISHED IN THE FEBRUARY 2016 ISSUE OF ACES MAGAZINE

Now on view at the Patchogue Arts Gallery is New Voices, an exhibition featuring the artwork of a diverse group of young artists that have had limited exposure in the Long Island art scene. The artists, Carrie-Anne Gonzalez, Kristin Macukas, Logan Marks, Caitlyn Shea, and Lauren Skelly, work in a variety of mediums ranging from painting and photography, to mixed media collages and more. Each artist has a unique voice that is expressed in his or her chosen media and works with subjects that have a profound impact on their individuality.

Photography is the media of choice for Carrie-Anne Gonzalez. Originally trained as a military photographer, Gonzalez went on to study at Nassau Community College and is currently pursuing an MFA degree at Long Island University. In her current body of work, Gonzalez captures the struggles of battered women. The subjects in her photographs avoid the camera’s lens, as they sit in contrast against a dark background. In one picture, the woman sits defeated with one hand supporting her head, a gesture of inner turmoil and reflection, which casts her face in shadows. Upon viewing, one can’t help but sympathize with the sitter, hoping that she may soon find herself through this time of physical and mental abuse.

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Carrie-Anne Gonzalez, The Sob II (After Sisquerios), 2015

In her collages, Kristin Macukas utilizes a wide variety of found objects, ranging from costume jewelry, reclaimed paper, and industrial-style metals. Adhered to wooden boards, Macukas arranges her compositions by overlapping magazine clippings and newspaper articles, sometimes hidden under a coat of paint, around discard computer hardware and other electronic devices. Her mixed media works beckon the viewer to closer observation as he or she finds recognizable imagery or material that, at a passing glace, would appear insignificant.

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Kristin Macukas, Cellular Dysplasia (detail), 2012

Working with found objects, Logan Marks, a MFA candidate at Stony Brook University, creates unique site-specific installations, sculptures, and assemblages that form a semiotic relationship with the exhibition space and the viewer. Discarded as junk, Marks acquires scraps of rusted metal, out of date electronics, and other industrial material, and incorporates it all with organic materials that form an immersive dioramic environment within the space it occupies. Due to the nature of site-specific artwork, the installation takes on a new identity as it is refitted to meet the specific needs of each new space, offering a uniquely different experience every time it is assembled and displayed.

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Logan Marks, Disconnected Vision (detail), 2016

Caitlyn Shea studied painting at the Pratt Institute and Skidmore College before graduating with a BFA in Painting from Adelphi University. Her paintings explore the tactile relationship between acrylic paint, spray paint, and charcoal, while her subject matter can be defined as abstracted figuration. One of her paintings depicts what appears to be a spotted leopard caught in a moment of animation. Its twisted body, galloping legs, and opened mouth, create a sense of drama and movement that is further expressed in the gestural background of reds, blues, yellows, and hints of green. The artist creates an illusion that something just off the left of the painting has provoked this violent response from the subject.

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Caitlyn Shea, The Joker, 2015

Lauren Skelly’s pre-occupation with the materiality of clay and ceramics have pushed the boundaries of what the artist can accomplish with this media. By experimenting with different glazes, slips, and clay applications, she creates intricate textural surfaces that captivate the viewer. Drawing inspiration from the world around her, Skelly emulates natural elements that provide the viewer with a variety of textured surfaces, often juxtaposing the finely finished against the coarsely granular. Her ceramic works fascinate the viewer as he or she follows the delicate woven twists and turns of each piece.

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Lauren Skelly, Constructing Awkward Beauty (detail), 2015

New Voices was curated by John Cino and features emerging artists that have previously had limited exposure in the Long Island art scene. The exhibition offers a wide range of artwork in form, medium, and subject matter as each artist experiments with the ranges of his or her medium of choice. The exhibition is on exhibit at the Patchogue Arts Gallery until February 27, 2016.

The Patchogue Arts Gallery is a professional art gallery operated by the Patchogue Arts Council, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 2008 to promote, encourage, and support the arts on the greater south shore of the Town of Brookhaven. The gallery features five curated exhibitions per year, which reflect current issues and concerns in the contemporary art world, in addition to an annual juried members exhibition.

Jay Schuck

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NY Surf: Photographs by Jeff Henson

THIS ESSAY HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE AUGUST 2015 ISSUE OF ACES MAGAZINE

Now on display in the PAC Members Gallery at Roast Coffee and Tea Trading Co. is a series of oceanic photographs by Jeffrey Henson. In his work, Henson explores the relationship between the winter light and the chilling cold of the water. With the beach attracting only the diehard surfers and swimmers in the winter months, the artist is able to connect with nature in peaceful solitude while witnessing the sheer force of the natural world.

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Jeff Henson, Crisp, 2015

Armed with his camera in a waterproof case, Henson visits the beaches of Long Island. Swimming among the surfers and waves, the artist is able to capture unique, and inspiring photographs. Follow the Light depicts the rising sun through the tube of a curling wave, a truly instantaneous moment that required a great deal of precision, timing, and a bit of luck. The photograph simulates the experience of riding the wave, as the water beings to crash onto the artist, and by extension the viewer. The relatively cool palette of the picture, consisting mainly of white, light blue, and hints of yellow-brown, further stimulates the viewer’s mind as he or she imagines a refreshingly brisk swim in the cold ocean water.

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Jeff Henson, Follow the Light, 2015

There is a nice contrast when comparing this photograph to another one in the exhibition, First Light. Here, the photograph contains vivid reds, yellows, and oranges that appear in the sun, the sky and its reflection in the curling wave. Like the previous image, the viewer finds his or herself in the tube of another wave with the rising sun situated just below the center of the composition. But unlike the pervious image, First Light captures the sun as it peaks above the horizon. The blurred reflection of color gives the water an almost metallic quality as it wraps around the artist.

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Jeff Henson, First Light, 2015

Henson’s photography captures split-second moments that are almost impossible to duplicate. One such moment is found in Love, which again, was taken inside the tube of a wave. In the center of the composition, the viewer finds the beach shore, which is framed on all sides by a yellowish-white heart-shaped wave. The center of the picture is highly concentrated, with the viewer able to examine the droplets of water in fluid detail, which juxtaposes nicely against the blurred corners of the photograph. The viewer can feel the embrace of the natural world, as the wave washes over the camera lens.

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Jeff Henson, Love, 2015

Henson has had a passion for photography since childhood and has studied the subject at Manchester Community College and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. He is a member of the Patchogue Arts Council and of the PAC Photographer’s Group.

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Jeff Henson, Morning Cruise, 2015

The Patchogue Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 2008 to promote, encourage, and support the arts on the greater south shore of the Town of Brookhaven. The Patchogue Arts Council and Roast Coffee and Tea Trading Company created the PAC Members Gallery at Roast in the summer of 2013 as an alternative exhibition venue where PAC members can exhibit their artwork. In addition to exhibiting artwork and brewing award-winning coffee, Roast Coffee and Tea Trading Co. hosts weekly open mic nights on Tuesdays and Fridays and a monthly poetry night on the first Saturday of every month. NY Surf: Photographs by Jeff Henson is on display at the PAC Members Gallery at Roast from July 6 – August 25, 2015. An opening reception will be held at Roast on Sunday, July 12, from 2 – 4 PM.

Jay Schuck
Exhibition Coordinator/Curator

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