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Contrasts in Composition

  • Art at Leeds 1079 Route 23b Main ST Leeds United States (map)

Giselle Simons, Mehdi Ghafghazi, and Alan Rhody

 July  5th - 21st, 2019 (opening reception July 6, 5-8 pm)

Giselle Simons, a New York artist with a BFA in Photography from Cornell University, has most recently employed  horseshoe crab shells as her canvas, painting them with unique, colorful, intricate designs, ranging from tribal to psychedelic. “Though born and raised in the city I have always found the natural world intriguing in its visual imagery, materials, and forms -- and this is an integral part of my art. No horseshoe crabs have been harmed in the creation of these works of art!  All my shells have been found washed up on the beach at Davis Park, Fire Island, NY, their life force long gone.”

Iranian born Mehdi Ghafghazi studied polymer engineering and visual art. His work emcompasses various themes. His paintings on display are inspired by the masters of Persian calligraphy, revealing the conflict and bipolarity of our world. Other works employ all natural elements, “For instance, for Decomposition After Deterioration, I found out wood as the most illustrative tool to express my opinion. Like a human being who has been living someday and is nothing but a memory in memories, an element once  fluent in life becomes a dry, hard breathless inanimate bulk with memories of seasons.”

Alan Rhody's professional life has been spent working at the intersection of art and technology.  He is exhibiting an installation that showcases two of his longtime passions - stone sculpture and holography. Rhody primarily works at his stone studio, where he handcarves marble, alabaster, and soapstone artworks. In addition to this ancient craft, Rhody also works with modern laser technologies to create other 3D imagery. “Thirty years ago, I was fortunate to be enrolled at an art school in the San Francisco Bay area when the newly-emerging field of display holography was blossoming.  After a long hiatus, I recently resumed hologram production at Ohio State University Physics Dept as part of an artist residency program. My recent work integrates imagery sculpted in both stone and light.”

Later Event: July 26
Fabric of Change