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February 6, 2014

Tales out of school

Recent SUNY grad has first solo exhibition at Malone art gallery

MALONE — Artist Madeleine Bialke’s debut solo exhibition, “Identity of Place: Oils by Madeleine Bialke,” opens Friday at the Pouring Light Studios & Gallery in Malone.

She’s not a new face there as she organized last year’s “Migrating Passerines” exhibition for her SUNY Plattsburgh peers.

In May, she graduated with a B.F.A. in Studio Art, which included a double concentration in painting and printmaking, and a minor in art history.


“It’s been liberating and also terrifying trying to stand behind what you do without someone standing behind you and telling you its right or wrong,” said Bialke, who lives in Trumansburg, N.Y.

“It’s been interesting. This body of work delves into abstraction more than I ever did at school. I’m kind of launching into unknown territory by myself. It’s really exciting. Every day is a challenge.”

In current works such as “The Secret,” Bialke shifts between “abstraction and representation in an effort to accurately depict the combined reality, feeling and memory of a place.”

“‘The Secret’ was a big point of departure into more abstraction,” she said. “I think it has a lot of heart. (I’m) trying to capture the feel and memory of a landscape instead of just its physical properties.”

“Untamed” is a large 3-foot-by-4-foot work that has more reds and blues.

“That set the state for the color palette I would use for the subsequent 10 or 11 paintings,” she said.


In “Blurb 1,” she writes:

“The scenes of the Adirondacks in this body of work attempt to express the frustration and clarity present in the process of personal evolution. Each piece wrestles with passages of calm and moments of chaos to evoke internal struggle. Abstraction is used to depict an emotional memory of a place in addition the physical representation of the landscape. I collect reference material from the Lake Champlain area, Lake Placid, and the foothills near Stillwater Reservoir. Each place depicted alludes to instances of self-awareness found when contemplating and confronting nature.”

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