The Trailer Box Gallery was the place to be this past weekend as the local artist community and others who love art gathered to view the “Three Plus One” (3+1) art exhibit at 15 Great Pasture Road in Danbury, CT, located just past the border of Bethel, which is an Arts Project Space at Jim Felice Studios.
Report by Paula Antolini
April 26, 2015 2:08PM EDT
Photo above: Artist Honorah O’Neill
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The Local Art Community Gathered at the Jim Felice Trailer Box Gallery “Three Plus One” Artists Reception and Exhibit
The Trailer Box Gallery was the place to be this past weekend as the local artist community and others who love art gathered to view the “Three Plus One” (3+1) art exhibit at the Arts Project Space at Jim Felice Studios, 15 Great Pasture Road in Danbury, CT, located just past the border of Bethel.
Felice was the host for the art reception which took place on April 18, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. but ran well past 7, as people lingered and socialized outdoors and in the gallery, in perfect warmer-than-usual weather. It was very well-attended. Art enthusiasts nibbled on the wine and cheese outdoor buffet, greeted old friends, caught up on conversations and discussed art.
You enter the Trailer Box Gallery via the Jim Felice studio. Felice graciously gave Bethel Advocate a personal tour of the main floor and upstairs too.
Photos above: Parts of Jim Felice’s Studio.
You realize you want to look at everything at once. Eyes dance around, delight fills every look. Creativity abounds in every corner, on the ceiling, floor, everywhere. Little bits and big bits of pieces of many past, present and future exhibits, and restoration work too (an upside down cow).
Photo above: Jim Felice with a restoration piece he is working on, cow.
This was not a formal set up, just how the artist works, which was perhaps even better to see. Tools galore, and artwork too! Ah the way artists work is a story in itself. Felice was almost apologetic for not hanging a particular piece, when we got to the huge trapeze artist he’d created, that was still sitting on the floor. I loved it still.
Photo above: One of Jim Felice’s trapeze artist pieces, yet to be displayed from ceiling.
Once exiting the studio, you are greeted by two 40-foot trailer boxes of graffiti created by regional street muralists. The Trailer Box Gallery lies just beyond, an in-the-trailer art space that held paintings, photography and three-dimensional artwork in this installation, “Three Plus One.”
Photo above: Murals along entrance to Trailer Box Gallery.
The “Three Plus One” exhibit featured the work of artists Antonio Carvalho, Kat Manning, Megan Marden and Honorah O”Neill.
Photo above: Artist Antonio Carvalho with some of his artwork.
Antonio Carvalho displayed eight oil on canvas paintings. Carvalho said, “My painting forks in two directions, observation and invention pieces. Through the invention pieces I find my personal way. I, also, think of my paintings as green fruits that ripen through exposure to a strong sun of hard work-in and outside of the studio. Painting is inspired by ordinary and common sights. From what is ordinary I hope to distill richness.”
Photo above: One of Katherine Manning’s photo illustration pieces.
Katherine (Kat) Manning‘s seven framed photo illustration prints had an animal theme. Manning said, “For this work it is important that each photograph is its own object. The idea that photography can be endlessly produced is not a consideration of my work. Though I am taking digital photographs, they are each printed on a non-archival paper and overlaid with a delicate and considered painting. It is important that each image is an original, a one-of-a-kind rather than a photograph. These images address ideas of nature, preservation and the beauty found in the deteriorating.
“Throughout there is an awareness that life in a way, is just as transient as the moment captured by my camera. Challenging this idea is the painting, brining the past to life as a sustained part of each piece. These images bring to light just how beautiful life can be even after it is gone. The translucent quality of the paint gives the images greater sense of delicacy and an aura of moody recollection.
“Tuen Hocks’ ability to morph the real and surreal into seamless mixed media pieces inspires my artwork dramatically. Another influence is photographer Be a Nettles, who combines the old with the new, evoking ideas of memory and hope.”
Photo above: Megan Manning stands in front of two of her dinosaur paintings.
Megan Marden had a combination of six oil on canvas and oil on hardboard paintings. Marden said, “I started painting still-lifes of toy dinosaurs initially, because they were the most colorful and interesting looking things that I had in my studio. I struggled trying to force meaning into the paintings. Sometimes I thought they were about the interpretation of scale—super-colossal creatures being crushed into palm sized toys, and into my (mostly) small paintings. Other times they were about the cultural aftermath of extinction—what gets left over, and what gets re-created, however subjectively.
“The idea that dinosaurs are a common childhood interest that rarely carries over into adulthood became very important to me. My focus shifted to the “toy” part of “toy dinosaur.” By being cast as characters from my own life, the dinosaurs are serving the traditional purpose of toys, stimulating imagination and play.
“On the still life stage, the toys are helping me evaluate, emotionally significant moments from my childhood with careful objectivity, and a sense of humor.
“I paint from direct observation. While areas of my paintings are abstracted, they do not stray from reality arbitrarily. I try to make paintings that maintain the integrity of the set-up, but also respond to the demands created by the painting itself. Sometimes certain areas of the painting or set-up inspire abstract shapes or motifs.”
Photo above: Sculpture from Honorah Oneill.
Sculptures by Honorah O”Neill were three-dimensional whimsical creatures, part of her “I Give Flesh to Monsters” portfolio. O”Neill said, “Centipeetle has regenned and is a mood for some fun. So it tends to melt the frisbee, …. but it’s trying! That’s a full size frisbee, so yes, this is a quite large sculpture. It’s about medium sized dog sized or 30″ X 18″ X 18″ (75cm X 45cm X 45cm) across widest/tallest parts. Done in paper mache.
“The design is based on appearance in Monster Buddies, but I went with a different style for the mane. I did try keeping closer to original design, but it was proving really difficult to make it not look really weird in a 3D object. Since it would regen again when it got out of bubble and change appearance, I felt free to adjust the details a bit. So I went with a totally different design for mane where it had a similar silhouette, but broke up the mass of it to make it look more stonelike than hairlike. don’t get headbutted by it!
“Recently completed sculpture. The dog helped me with the frisbee… by chewing a big chunk out of it.”
Art on Exhibit In the Trailer Box Art Gallery was:
1. Self portrait with Bookcase – oil on canvas
2. Still Life with Skull – oil on canvas – NFS
3. School Buses – oil on canvas
4. Fruit, Vase, Skull, & Self Portrait – oil on canvas
5. Self Portrait with Indian Cloth – oil on canvas
6. Teakettle – oil on canvas
7. Skull and Coffee Tin – oil on canvas
8. Self Portrait with Paint Box
9. The Last Shall Be First (Last Call) – 2012 – oil on hardboard
10. Butterscotch/Ginger Ale – 2012 – oil on hardboard
11. Death Rush – 2012 – 2015 – – oil on canvas
12 Not So fast – 2012 – oil on hardboard
13. Scrub (in Either Direction) – 2012 – oil on hardboard
21. Climbing the Walls – 2011 – oil on canvas
14. Beaver – photo illustration
15. Red Fox – photo illustration
16. Bobcat – photo illustration
17. Beaver Snout – photo illustration
18. Grey Fox – photo illustration
19. Shrew – photo illustration
20 For The Arts – photo illustration
22. A Trilobite – papier mache
23. B Trilobite – papier mache
24. C Trilobite – papier mache
25. D Trilobite – papier mache
26. Fetch – papier mache
The exhibit will run from April 18 to May 30, 2015. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday. 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m..
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See the work of THE TRAILER BOX PROJECT Founder, Creative Director, Jim Felice here:
Felice said, “I would like my work to bring a child like sense of wonder to the viewer: full of excitement, adventure and possibilities for the future.”
Jim Felice is a painter and sculptor. He has exhibited throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties in solo and group exhibitions including: Kouros Gallery and Sculpture Center, (Ridgefield, Ct.), A-Space Gallery, (West Haven Ct.), Scott and Bowne, (Kent Ct.), The Bartlett Arboretum, (Stamford Ct), The Time Warner Building (NYC), The Stamford Museum and Nature Center (Stamford, CT), Zoe and Floyd Gallery (Seymour, CT), The Sculpture Barn (New Fairfield, CT), Silvermine Guild Gallery, (New Canaan, Ct), Hiram Halle Memorial Library (Pound Ridge, NY), The Gallery at Onatru (South Salem, NY), Northern Westchester Center for the Arts (Mt. Kisco, NY), and Colby College (Waterville, ME).
Jim Felice is the recipient of numerous awards including “Award of Excellence in Sculpture” at the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts (2000). He also won “Best in Sculpture” (1991), “2nd Prize in Sculpture” (1993) and “2nd Prize in Painting” (1994) all from juried exhibitions at the Stamford Art Association. Jim’s craftsmanship and specialization in paint application has won him many restoration commissions by galleries, estates and collectors. He has restored sculpture by Alexander Calder, Anthony Caro, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Liberman, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, Kenny Scharf, and Joel Shapiro among others.
Kohler Art Collection, Kohler Wisconsin,
Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford Connecticut
Photo above: Meeting of the minds. Artists (left) Jim Felice, (center) David Gesualdi and (right) Frank Kara.
Photo above: Artists (left) Michael Morris and (center) Honorah O’Neill with other guests, on deck outside Trailer Box Gallery.
Photo above: Artist Ava Dawn Heydt and her children.
Photo above: Artists (left) Suzanne Benton and (right) David Gesualdi, deep in conversation.
Photo above: Artist Michael Morris.