Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to present the premiere exhibition of a series of mosaics created by award-winning artist, Pierre Sylvain, and a site-specific mixed media installation on The Wall, Spring Song, by Kim Sobel.
Mosaics are often associated with abstract art or works of antiquity, but Sylvain is working to change that perception with Mosaic Affair. “Mosaic is an ancient art, and it’s very exciting to update it with depictions of modern public figures,” he explains. This new direction has proven to be a source of creative inspiration and energy for the artist. Continues Sylvain, “I’ve never felt quite so excited about a show like this, because I have never worked in this medium before. I can’t wait to share that experience with my audience.”
Spring Song is as much about negative space as it is about the painted surface and now integrates found material and her surroundings. This installation represents a juncture in her work and a departure from Sobel’s usual style. The piece combines cut acrylic work on paper, rug grippers, mesh, chicken wire, fencing, branches and tall grass. Each work is unique and can be seen as an improvisational dance as the forms respond to the space. Moving through Sobel’s installation, the work unfurls to reach the edges of the wall and beyond.
Join us for a complimentary wine and cheese reception on May 17 and get a chance to meet the artists!
Mosaic Affair: Portraits by Pierre Sylvain will be on display in the Charter Oak Gallery May 9 through June 1. Spring Song is a semi-permanent exhibition on display in the Charter Oak sanctuary from May 17 onward.