Chiaroscuro: The Art of Light and Dark
8th Annual Juried Exhibition
October 16 - November 7
On View Now
Loft Artists Association, South Corridor, Studio #5
575 Pacific Street
Stamford, Connecticut 06902
The concept of Chiaroscuro has been evident throughout art history since the 5th C. in Greece, with more extensive use resuming in the 15th C. to today. The use of light (chiaro) and shadow (scuro) assists in creating three dimensionality and drama to two-dimensional works of art. Contemporary use of this technique is found in drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking and photographic works. The use of a single light source assists in creating this effect.
The juror for the exhibit is Nancy McTague-Stock.
Solo Exhibition of paper sculpture and paintings
August 12 - October 9, 2021
The Velvet Mill, South Corridor, Studio #5
22 Bayview Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut 06378
New Work Group Exhibition
Group Exhibition of new work by
the Artists of the Velvet Mill
September 24th, 2021 - January 9, 2022
The Velvet Mill, Upper Gallery
22 Bayview Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut 06378
Redesigning physical form to redefine visual understanding
I launched my career as an artist with a body of work I completed in 2010 at The University of Georgia for my BFA Thesis Exhibition.
This series titled, Decay, highlighted technical skills, use of materials, and concepts related to time, loss, and the environment. In my first year of college, Hurricane Katrina had displaced students studying in New Orleans and many transferred to my University. The news reports of the devastation to both human life and the local environment disturbed me as I realized these occurrences were more frequent and widespread.. Draught and 100+ degree heat waves were the subject of headlines summer after summer in Georgia. Bees were disappearing across the country and their disappearance was devastating not only to industrial agriculture, but to local biomes that required pollinators to succeed. I noticed it had gotten much quieter during the twilight hours and that I no longer heard the sounds of frogs and crickets chirping as I had remembered in my childhood.
What I aim to achieve in the future...
Since this body of work, I have learned more about climate change and its effects. While working at Parsons School of Design, I began working with mycelium in moulds, natural dyes, and researching alternative materials that I might want to use in my artwork. "Synthetic biology is a field of science that involves redesigning organisms for useful purposes by engineering them to have new abilities. Synthetic biology researchers and companies around the world are harnessing the power of nature to solve problems in medicine, manufacturing and agriculture." As an artist, I want to redesign physical form to redefine visual understanding.
Upon further research of new materials and emerging technologies, I am working to create solutions for the losses I have experienced due to climate change. In my pursuit of 'Synthetic Bioartistry' I create organic forms based on facsimiles of nature, that may be activated by light and sound.
Upon further research of new materials and emerging technologies, I have created solutions for the losses I have experienced due to climate change. In my pursuit of 'Synthetic Bioartistry' I create organic forms based on facsimiles of nature, that may be activated by light and sound.”
Bess Gaby was raised and educated in Athens, Georgia. After she received her BFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from The University of Georgia, she worked in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before moving to Brooklyn, New York. In her career, she worked as a senior project manager for design, marketing and branding agencies. While working at Parsons School of Design / The New School in Manhattan, she managed studios in printmaking, ceramics, and textiles to develop teaching skills, manage budgets, and gain expertise in her favorite mediums.
She has since used her knowledge of these industries to work with local agencies and non-profits in Southeastern Connecticut. By sharing her experience, she aims to build community partnerships and strengthen local creative organizations.
Bess's proven skill set has included product design, programming production, and grant writing. She will continue this work at The Velvet Mill in Stonington, Connecticut with her studio, Creative Cooperative City.
Hygienic Art / 2019-2021
Executive Director, Hygienic Art Galleries
The New School ll Parsons School of Design / 2016-2018
Studio Technician for The Making Center in Printmaking, Ceramics & Textiles
Supersmith Studio / 2015-2016
Lamar Dodd School of Art ll The University of Georgia / 2005-2010
B.F.A. Printmaking & Book Arts
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