Fast Forward / February 22, 2018 / 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Show runs February 22 - March 24, 2018
Kelley Stelling Contemporary presents works by Jessica Brilli, Carol McMahon, Lisa Noonis, Alison Palizzolo and Cindy Rizza in an exhibition titled “Fast Forward”. There will be an artists’ reception at the gallery on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. The show runs through March 25th, 2018. Kelley Stelling Contemporary is located at 221 Hanover Street, Manchester NH 03103.
Let’s face it: Winter in New England is a challenging time. Instead of enumerating the reasons, Kelley Stelling Contemporary has asked five female artists to break out of the monotony of late winter by showing work that brings heat to a drab time of year. For one month, let’s enjoy color, light, and form, and fast forward into Spring!
Jessica Brilli works in a style that encompasses American realism and 20th century graphic design aesthetics. Brilli’s paintings reveal the beauty in everyday scenes and objects. She is inspired by Kodachrome slides and generations-old photographs. Her work will be a welcome breath of fresh air for viewers, depicting summer scenes, retro swimming pools, and sun bathers.
Carol McMahon’s body of work consists of small scale sculptural paintings and 3d objects. Color, exuberance, energy, playfulness and humor combine to both resist and defy the weather and the daily news. Open for interpretation, these objects are both humorous and thoughtful, drawing the viewer into McMahon’s singular world.
Lisa Noonis walks the line between abstract and landscape painting. Her use of color fields, broad brushstrokes, and under painting allows the viewer to explore the space she represents through their own lens. Her use of color additionally provides context for her audience. The paintings in this show document specific moments in time spent at her childhood home.
Alison Palizzolo strives to draw the viewer in and invite close looking. The organized, yet chaotic nature of her work is a reflection of modern-day life. Fast-paced and technology driven, our social construct is always changing but never slowing, and these elements are expressed in her work.
Cindy Rizza makes evocative, iconic representations of ordinary subjects that summon conflicting feelings of comfort and loneliness. Just as we embrace summer in New England with the knowledge that it is fleeting, her images conjure up moments both tender and nostalgic, to be savored after they are gone.