Although I was not able to attend the opening reception on Oct 1st, I had a chance to check out the new gallery space at the soon-to-be Standard Art Supply at 308 E. Seneca Street (next to The Shop) during Gallery Night last night, and see the rather phenomenal little group show that is currently up, curated by Kaleb Hunkele.
Titled ‘Open Season Invitational,’ the show features work by 13 artists, presenting a range of medium from painting and drawing to sculpture and assemblage, printmaking and photography and one charming work of video animation by Stella Salumaa. The show offers an array of works by local artists including Josh Sperling, Stahl Caso, Hallie Lee, Kaya Donaj-Keys, Phoebe Aceto, Edith Fikes and Kaleb Hunkele, as well as an enticing collection of some really fine pieces by non local artists, creating a welcome artistic dialogue that is generally much lacking in Ithaca.
Standouts included Morgan Sims paper lithograph ‘Pepsi Coyote,’ a delightful homage to Joseph Beuys on brown paper, Edith Fikes’ lush photo narrative and one that plays into the show’s title, which she describes as documenting her father’s experimentation with deer hunting in the backyard. Overall, the show is pulsating with good design, such as first generation Estonian-American artist Kristina Paabus, whose tantalizing screen prints combine elements of Francis Picabia with ancient tantric forms, and Josh Sperling’s newest creation, a magnificent circular canvas in shimmering gold with a splash of the brightest red across the surface.
This space is a breath of fresh air and a welcome addition to Ithaca’s downtown gallery scene. And not to mention we will at last have a a place to purchase art supplies. Kaleb said that Standard Art should be open for business the first week in November.
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