Artwell has offered over 250 art exhibits since its inception, presenting five to six major and five minor on-site shows annually. Each major exhibit runs four to five weeks. Three are open to the public and three are member-only shows. Each minor exhibit runs an average of two weeks, giving members, students and community organizations an opportunity to feature their works to the general public. Prospectus for the Members Show
☄Side By Side II :: Nicole Darling & [Brett Henrikson and Hannah Kirkpatrick] ☄
42 Main Street, Torrington Ct
February 7 through March 9
Opening :: Friday, February 9. 6:00-8:00pm
Brett Henrikson and Hannah Kirkpatrick :: Synthesis
This project involves three types of synthesis: Photo-synthesis, Chemical-synthesis and Artistic-synthesis. Synthesis are works that capture the momentary meeting of life and death, preservation through destruction, time and memory. These entombed specimens are objects that act as photographs, an index of what once was and what now remains in a glass and silver sliver of time.
In process, the artists combined their working methods to create a synthesis between their materials: photography and glass. Brett Henrikson is an artist/photographer with a specialty in the Wet Plate Collodion based out of Providence, Rhode Island. Hannah Kirkpatrick is an artist/glassmaker working at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio in Norfolk, Virginia. The Collodion process is as close to alchemy as there is, taking inert ingredients and turning them into something magical and beautiful. We created glass photographic plates and fused organic material between them at 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. While fusing, the dull silver from the Collodion plates transformed into lustrous orange and gold sheen reminiscent of amber. The plants’ imprint or burnt structure remained through the process, trapped within.
Nicole Darling earned her MFA in photography at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Germany. She works in Digital and Analogue Photography, Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Bookmaking, Stain Glass. She is an international artist showing in Europe and the US.
This series is a work-in-progress and will be exhibited at Gallery Stefan Moll in Bonn, Germany this coming spring.
The work focuses on the tragic events of March 11th when a 9.0 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster at the Daiichi nuclear power plant. The paintings initially explore the heat of the reactors but will also investigate the long terms effects that are still continuing to this day. http://www.nicolemizukadarling.com/