For six weeks, SHARP artists have been inspired by the beautiful, lush grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Botanical Center, as part of SHARP (Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program). Now their work is on display for all to see at Snug Harbor, added Michael Fressola in The Staten Island Advance today (August 25). To view more of his review of the SHARP exhibit visit http://www.silive.com.
"What’s with all the horticultural imagery? Both of the current SHARP awardees are interested in living/growing things. It’s a smart choice for the Harbor, which has a two-acre working farm, a restored wetland, botanical garden and acres and acres of trees and lawn. The place is alive," adds Fressola in The Advance.
Snug Harbor by moonlight
Anna Souvorov is a painter and a recent Cooper Union and School of Visual Arts graduate. she depicts Snug Harbor by moonlight, adds Fressola in his article. "A narrative, partly drawn from literature and partly from the life and time of local naturalist William T. Davis (1862-1945) underlies some of these elegant oil-on-linen paintings. The artist actually hired an actor to strike poses in the gardens after dark," according to The Advance.
"In a day-lit tribute, she reproduces a signature Davis moment from a famous photograph in which he is trying to net a butterfly. He was notoriously fond of them and cicadas (and was the source of the Staten Island museum’s huge cicada and insect collections," according to Fressola in his review.
"The paintings remind us that gardens don’t disappear as the light drains away, they change. One of the best effects, observed inside the greenhouse, occurs when the light turns the glass panes into panels of mother-of-pearl," adds Fressola in The Advance.
Food culture on display
"The other late summer SHARP artist, Brighid Connors, became absorbed in the Harbor’s own two-acre farm, in food culture and consumption," added Fressola.
She inherited some of these concerns, she writes in her SHARP brochure added Fressola in The Advance: “Carrying a wooden lunchbox to school, filled with a tofu sandwich on whole wheat bread and browning apple slices packed in reused plastic bags, at five years old I was already hyper-aware of the differences between the foods my parents said were okay to eat and the fast food staples other parents brought their children.”
"Fortunately for all concerned, Connors brings a gentle sense of humor to the proceedings. She makes thoughtful three dimensional vignettes from found objects, natural materials and very cunningly manipulated cement, which she uses as a sculptural medium," adds The Advance article.
"Compost also frames Connors’ showstopper, “Heritage Farm Hands,” a table set with four casts of the hands of the workers who till the fields on the grounds. Made of some kind of fine grained concrete, they translate every eloquent line and mark and they even appear to be caked with soil," according to Fressola's review of SHARP in today's issue of The Advance.
The work of Anna Souvorov and Brighid Connors is now on view at Snug Harbor Cultural & Botanical Center. Visit http://www.snug-harbor.org for gallery hours or information about next year's SHARP residency.