The striking pure white of Jaq Belcher’s “Ascending” catches one’s eye because of the pure, seemingly uninterrupted field of snow white paper, but it is the precise and mesmerizing cuts that Belcher has etched into the white field that keep one’s attention. The petal-shaped incisions cast a series of fluctuating shadows which add an unexpected playfulness and depth to the piece’s seeming simplicity. Another piece in white, “Contemplation Form 463,” by the Woodbury based artist Ann Mallory also cleverly walks the line between the simple and complex. Mallory has several works in ceramic in the show, and her glazed white vessel manages to appear at once raised from the earth and otherworldly.
Gold appears in the show often and in many forms: gold leaf on panel and gold-leafed clay. The color appears in oil and wax glazes and acrylic paint, as is the case with the work of Sabine Friesicke. Friesicke, a German-born painter who lives and works between New York City and Berlin, has works of acrylic on canvas and paper on view. In particular, two large paintings, perfectly titled for the Argazzi show, “Black/Gold/White,” feature mesmerizing series of undulating waves. The ordered tidiness of the waves moving across the horizontal plane of the canvas are broken up by the way in which the painter has allowed the gold paint to drip and drift down the large square canvases.
Sculptor Lisa Breznak works with unexpected shapes and forms and on a small scale. Breznak hand forms her sculptures in her studio in Peekskill, New York, and the results are pleasingly off kilter and engaging. The works she currently has on show at Argazzi each incorporate 22 karat gold leaf, and the shining metal can suggest that one has stumbled upon a small treasure. The shapes in her “Dances for Waxing and Waning” call to mind both the structures of Japanese temples and the phases of the moon. “Pompion Prestige (Abundant Harvest)” strikes a rather different note. The abundant, swooping pile of pumpkins, a familiar site in the local area during fall, here lends itself towards some fairytale landscape.
Many of the colors in Victor Mirabelli’s large landscapes exist in the space between white and black. Mirabelli’s impressionistic paintings depict stark white barns, some with dark colored roofs, while “Unchartered Terrain Collection #8,” features a black barn, hauntingly beautiful in the midst of the silent spare land in which it sits.
A number of other artists are here with interesting and worthwhile pieces. Whether one is drawn to gold or black or white, the Argazzi show has much to please.
"Gold & Black & White" runs through January 31 at Argazzi Art, 22 Millerton Road/Route 44, Lakeville, CT.
For information, visit www.argazziart.com or call 860.435.8222.