BEHIND THE SCENES
aka Susan Ross
Exhibition: May 27 - June 11
Opening: May 27, 6 - 9pm
MERGE is thrilled to present the work of a multi-talented tour-de-force, Lillian is not only an accomplished painter but whose illustrious career at George Lucas Digital Films, ILM - Industrial Light and Magic as a lead view painter, supervisor, texture mapper, and model maker has created images sealed in our imaginations.
We are thrilled to showcase the exuberant, impressive and powerful large scale paintings of a talented local artist.
John McDevitt King
MERGE presented the exquisite work of John McDevitt King in a solo exhibition. The show, encompassing his encaustic paintings and works on paper allowed the gallery visitor a window into the unique gaze of the artist who has a led a parallel life as an expert in precious gems for over many decades. His enigmatic and exquisite pieces evolve from the eminence of light to bright crescendos to the near absence of light and evoke an otherworldliness and intensity of a wise and discerning eye.
John McDevitt King lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, his MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York and holds a Graduate Gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America. Mr. King exhibits regularly in the United States and abroad and his work can be found in numerous public and private collections, notably the Brooklyn Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, Harvard University Art Museums, Zimmerli Art Museum and the Weatherspoon Art Gallery. He is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant, and a Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency. In his gemological work he has written and lectured extensively on colored diamonds and laboratory practice and has graded some of the world’s most famous diamonds, including the 45-carat blue Hope diamond at the Smithsonian Institution, the 128-carat yellow Tiffany and the 273-carat Internally Flawless and Colorless Centenary Diamond.
In Your Moment, 2021 Colored pencil on paper
Quality of Light. Light reveals itself through a myriad of gradations and glimmers from shadowed hints to shining in bold clarity, counterpoints that form the foundation of King’s work. Through many layers of translucent encaustic wax, depths of color and scintillation are created that alters appearance with physical movement, its relay back and forth, near and far, never still and different from every vantage point. King’s drawings in graphite, black lead or colored pencil, carry this same quality by employing the roughness of the paper with the chosen drawing medium. This sharp, edgy, vivid, honed quality of light has been long present in King’s art, as meditation on light as transmitted through diamonds.
Prelude: FEAR NOT
FEAR NOT - The Stone Gallery
Works from 1984 - 2021
This past spring, Merge presented an exhibition of selected artworks by Stephen Zaima curated by Reinhold Spiegler and Lisette Wong.
Merge was very pleased to present a local artist, from Stone Ridge. Stephen Zaima has lived in the Hudson Valley for the past three decades and we are fortunate to have him as part of our cultural landscape. We enjoyed the opportunity to enrich the community through presenting his artworks at Merge in a forum where people learned about his work and engaged in discussion with him, people of all ages!
Zaima was born and raised in California and received his BA from California State University at San Jose and his MFA from the University of California at Davis. He also studied at the School of Visual Arts and Pratt. Zaima’s work has been exhibited in numerous shows in the US and abroad. He has been an educator at several art schools across the United States and since 1980 at Syracuse University where he was head of painting and also served as associate dean for global programs and initiatives.
As a graduate student in art at UC Davis from 1969 to 1971, Zaima was taught by an eclectic faculty of influential working artists such as William T. Wiley, Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest, Manuel Neri, and Wayne Thiebaud, along with semester composer-in-residence John Cage. Significantly, there were no set disciplines, allowing students to explore different art forms and methods, and instilling in Zaima a flexibility that allowed him to avoid being wedded to any particular style, method or approach to making art. As Zaima has recalled, it was a heady time that he likes to think of as a “Black Mountain College moment”, best exemplified by one of his favorite quotes, from Francis Picabia: “Our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction.”
Through these grounding influences in art, Zaima has never been confined to a box, either in his medium or his ideas. He works in a wide a variety of mediums from oil on linen, paper, wood, and jute to encaustic painting, mixed media, collages, installation works on scrim, photo composites on translucent fabric, and dye-sublimation photos on aluminum.
Center Street Studio
35 Years of Printmaking 2021
Prints, Paintings, and Sculpture 2022
Merge hosted the renowned Center Street Studio, in Fall 2021, New England's premier printer and publisher of contemporary prints. 35 years of printmaking were presented in the Stone gallery and Pass-through.
Thrilled for the return of Center Street Studio this past summer of 2022, a fascinating show which delved into the group of Center Street Artists' relationship of each artist's printmaking pieces to their primary mediums was met with great enthusiasm.
Featured CSS Artists:
MARK COOPER - BILL THOMPSON - CARRIE MOYER - CHARLIE RITCHIE -ELTONO - EVA LUNDSAGER -
EVA MUELLER - GEORGE WHITMAN - JAMES STROUD -JANINE WONG -JEFF PERROTT - JOHN WALKER -
JOHN WILSON - LAUREL SPARKS - LESTER JOHNSON - MARKUS LINNENBRINK - MARK COOPER -
MATTHEW CARTER - NELL BLAINE - PARKEHARRISON - RAUL GONZALEZ III - RACHEL PERRY (WELTY) - '
RICHARD RYAN - ROBERT TIBBETTS - TEO GONZALES - WILLIAM STEIGER
A brief ode
For Font Aficionados, a selection from Center Street Studio
on Matthew Carter's work produced in collaboration with Center Street Studio
a-z (2017) Mathew Carter
Andy Freeberg Photographs
Guardians | Art Fare
Curated by Reinhold Spiegler & Lisette Wong with Andy Freeberg
Feast at Stone Ridge
convergence is a site specific collaborative concept developed by Marina Sartori of which the Feast at Stone Ridge was the third happening in a series.
Curated by Marina Sartori with co-curators Lisette Wong and Reinhold Spiegler, the happening is an immersive participatory performance dinner created by a collaboration of artists. The dinner and the guests are integral to the performance and the art. The point of departure is the specificity of the space and its sense of place; the compound of barns and its agrarian setting. Themes explored are inspired by the traditional harvest and the seasonal cycle of four seasons through food and gathering, hand-crafted ceramics, art, video, poetry readings, and sound design.
Serlachius Museum in Finland acquired 12 of Andy Freeberg's pieces of work following his solo exhibition.
Joenniementie 47, 35800 Mänttä, Finland
WHERE ART THOU?
Works by American photographer Andy Freeberg
Art Museum Gösta 26 March — 4 September 2022
MERGE is an alternative art space and gallery in the Hudson Valley that supports artists by providing a platform to encourage discussion, collaboration and community in a rural landscape of restored historical farm outbuildings.
Barns as stages for
shelters of art & gathering