January 14, 2016 to March 9, 2016
One Step Beyond is curated by Margaret Bodell, an arts entrepreneur working in the fields of placemaking, public art, and creative work-force programs; MaryAnn Fahey, cofounder and director of Umbrella Arts, who curates contemporary art exhibitions and public art projects and is a prolific bookmaker and portfolio consultant for professional and emerging artists; and Caroline Kerrigan, a producer of art fairs, exhibits and documentaries on the arts. Kerrigan was recently Deputy Director for the Public Experience at Prospect.3 – the international art biennial held in New Orleans 2014/2015.
This exhibition explores the pervasive influence of music on the visual arts – whether through lyrics, rhythm, syncopation, mood or simply the transformative nature of song. As listeners, we “feel” the primal force of diverse musical forms and styles, and the experientially and geographically diverse artists whose work is represented in One Step Beyond invite us to “see” music through their eyes. Among the works showcased in One Step Beyond are: Martin Cohen’s (Fountain House Gallery) oil on paper pieces depicting pop music icons including Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix and Lady Gaga, and jazz greats Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie; Myasia Dowdell’s (LAND Gallery) acrylic on canvas “Stevie Wonder,” “Elton John” and “Michael Jackson”; and the mixed media on linen work “Equalizer” by Ruben Marroquin, an American-born Venezuelan artist based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Fountain House Gallery artist Linda Bienstock offers a tip of the hat to the realm of classical music in the mixed media “Mozart and His Harpsichord.”