TAG/The Artists Gallery is happy to announce November’s featured artists, Christopher Madden and S. Manya Stoumen-Tolino.
Their show, MANMADE, opens on November 4 with a reception on November 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitors can meet the artists and enjoy live music by teevee.
Christopher Madden lives his art. He feels as creative using hammers and saws or walking in nature as he does working at his easel.
Madden believes that art can be beautifully created, while being visually and emotionally challenging. His darkly humorous oil paintings mirror the world and its uncomfortable truths.
“Many things I find inspirational as an aesthetically sensitive person exist as pure and unto themselves,” says Madden. “What I strive for my art to do is to SAY something about the experience. This is my challenge.”
S. Manya Stoumen-Tolino’s animated and gestural paintings give a sense of events unfolding. Hovering between representational and abstraction, organic shapes shift and beings are revealed and obscured in her expressive work. Early in her career, Stoumen-Tolino spent time working independently in Italy. The time spent there studying great works solidified her love of the figure, light, and narratives. The artist’s work isn’t confined to a specific movement or time period.
“Human beings are the only species who narrate their own existence and build monuments in its honor, says Stoumen-Tolino. ” With my work, I am hoping to spark viewers’ interest and encourage them to ask big questions. I am fascinated with this constantly flowing thing called life and how it is informed by things of which we have little or no knowledge and likewise, by our incalculable imprint on others, the world around us and the future.”
As always, admission is free.
First Saturday 5 to 8 pm, Exhibit running Nov. 4-27. Gallery Hours noon to 8 Fri and Sat & noon to 4 on Sunday.