MALONE — Thirteen artists tap their inner child in “Lines & Colors” opening Friday at Pouring Light Studios in Malone.
The exhibition, which runs through Aug. 9, features the works of Ken Wiley, Larry Poole, Geoff Cobb, Tina LaMour, Carol Vossler, Noreen Sadue, Diane Leifheit, Karen Davidson, Dominic Monette, Kief Sloate-Dowden, Charles Atwood King, Brendon Palmer-Angell and Michael Hart.
“I’m always interested in breaking down artists and their backgrounds and trying to look at their origins as artists,” Hart said.
“I like to distill their talent into elements that are primal, almost like the quote I always use that is Picasso’s. He said it took him four years to learn to paint like Raphael and a lifetime to paint like a child. That always impressed me. We become sophisticated, evolved artists. I like to see what is at the core of that. A lot of that comes to when we were first introduced to art as a child.”
Hart presented the show to the artists as an opportunity to go back.
“And remember and recall those times when they first had a crayon or pencil in their hand and they were experiencing that free expression,” he said.
Ninety percent of the works are new, and artists worked in a variety of media including pulp paintings, pastels and working with archival materials from family collections.
“Noreen Sadue is painting on brown craft paper,” Hart said. “She’s trying to go back to her roots that way expressing when you are a child. You don’t care what you draw on. You draw on a wall, a refrigerator or a paper bag.”
Hart cut up paper and glued it to itself.
“So, it is overlapping paper construction and from that I applied color,” he said. “I used coffee, rather dark coffee, for an undercoating of color. The images started to appear as I worked on it. It’s kind of unconventional. It’s working with basic shapes.”