Opening Reception with the Artists: September 2 from 5-7pm
From observing the surreal systems of fireflies or the slow degradation of the riverfront to an exploration of the interconnectedness of all life on earth, three artists take inspiration from the beauty of the Hudson Valley to create unique works of art that embody the complexity of the natural world.
This body of work explores the erratic and surreal systems of fireflies, whose bioluminescence is translated into pulsing green color fields through Mauney’s camera. Based in the Hudson Valley, Mauney says he finds concentrations of individual and mixed regional firefly populations and attempts to capture their mass and what he calls their “temporary ubiquity” through long camera exposures of their self generated light. “Patterns of flash, seemingly random patterns of travel, unpredictability, and overwhelming beauty is the experience,” says Mauney, “I’ve been lucky enough to capture some reflections of that experience with my cameras.”
Hudson Hall is saddened by the loss of artist and friend, Lois Guarino, who passed away in September 2022.
Guarino paints, and then assembles, canvas mosaic squares to create powerful visual statements. Her largest piece, The Wonder Wall, comprises 1000 separate paintings. Guarino says, “I am a multimedia artist, and a student of the curriculum of being human, which includes deep reverence for animals. I use oil paint to create images exploring the interconnectedness of all life on earth and our origins in the complex, mysterious universe.”
Over the 20 years Stan Lichens has enjoyed walks along the Hudson riverfront, he has noticed a gradual rising of the river height and its slow destruction of the coastline trees and habitat. He decided to document this phenomenon by using Photogrammetry, a process that uses software to create a 3D form of an object that has been photographed from multiple angles. The models are created with a 3D printer using an environmentally friendly material- corn resin, then copper-leafed and patinated.
Hudson Hall’s programs are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.