My paintings are a meditation on solitude. I have spent more time alone in the past few months in a far quieter environment and I think that my interior work exemplifies the calm that accompanies a life outside of a city, and being so much closer to nature. I think this solitary working mode has had a direct effect on my thought process.
Polly Shindler received her M.F.A. in Painting from Pratt Institute in 2011 and attended the Vermont Studio Center in 2013. She was named one of “30 Artists to Watch in 2012” by NY Arts Magazine. She recently had her first solo show, Retreat, at Ortega Y Gasset (Brooklyn, NY) and has an upcoming show at Spoonbill & Sugartown (Brooklyn , NY).
My work straddles the worlds of two and three dimensions, extending lines in space. Often an idea grows out of a preexisting form and might start as a wall relief, become a sculptural floor piece and end as an installation. I use saturated colors of materials as emotive, shadows as ephemeral and meaningful patterns as transformative life processes.
Suzan Shutan received a BFA from Cal Arts, MFA from Rutgers University, has been shown throughout the United States, South America and Europe . She has received numerous grants, attended artist residencies, has had 30 solo exhibits, been reviewed by the New York Times, Smithsonian and Sculpture Magazine, published in Paper Art II and is collected.
I am a photographer exploring family life by applying the principals of photojournalism to photographing families. I'm trying to define, understand and document the truth in family dynamics and the experiences of being a child. My work is built upon my own struggle to belong and feel comfortable in my role as a mother within my own family.
Chelsea Silbereis is a photographer applying the principals of photojournalism to family life. She photographs her own family as well as client families, creating photo essays of family life. She lives in Hamden with her husband, two children, dog and cat. She likes to imagine the ghosts of pets past are also members of the household.
Life is an invisible line of energy that runs in every form in our world. This life for me is existing in old clothing. From this, I created Vintage Reborn, to reinvent life in old fabric. I want to demonstrate that this invisible energy is always alive with us, enduring the passage of time.
My Unique Adventure
I come from the ancient hills of Umbria, receiving inspiration to create Vintage Reborn, unifying the creativity, labor, and design of the past. I breathe new life into vintage clothing, giving respect and tribute to those hands and minds. Style is not only now, but a connection with the eternal, colorful treasures of clothing.
Street Polymorphisms is a collection of prints derived from the same set of eight softwares I made since moving to New Haven. It showcases abstraction, on how language translates into code, and reflection, on being and coming into process and techniques.
Brian Sing is a New Haven based software artist currently concentrating in generative design.
Art evokes intellectual and emotional responses. In the past, I tried to use my art to shock and provoke visceral feelings in the viewer—perhaps even trying to appeal to the crowd. Now, I stubbornly believe that my art needs only to fulfill my desire for deep engagement with my own soul.
Stephen Jude is a junior at Paier College of Art. His formal art education began with ceramics and three-dimensional art and later evolved into photography. Throughout his pursuit of a Bachelors of Fine Arts, he has worked with media such as large format photography, archival printing and storage methods, and digital processes.
I make both functional ceramic work and sculpture. I prefer hand building to the wheel so as to create irregularities that add interesting effects. I like carving the surface of my pieces and I favor vibrant colors. My inspiration comes from nature and other cultures. I use mid-range stoneware and glazes and sometimes terracotta for sculpture.
Claudine Burns Smith is a ceramic artist. She has taught art at the college and high school level. She has had numerous group and solo exhibitions of ceramics, sculptures and works on paper in the United States, France, the former Soviet Union and China. She is currently represented in several galleries in Connecticut.
Fortunate to be making sculpture, I am thankful to everyone who supports and aids my growth. With infinite sculptural form, the use of scrap metal, patina, dye, paint and natural finish, I'm so happy to be able to create.
Joe Sorge creates flowing steel sculpture using mild and stainless steel. Cutting, sanding, shaping, welding and finishing with patina, dye, wax, paint and natural finish.
I am drawn to mysterious, evocative, and ambiguous images and I always carry a camera for moments when I encounter unexpected beauty. I try to make pictures than can stir memories or evoke emotions or act as canvases on which a viewer can project a story that draws on his or her own memories, thoughts, and feelings.
My long, mostly secret career in photography began in large-format architectural work. I’ve only shown my work publicly once before, in a show (“SubSublime”) of photos and algorithmic art prints at the boundary of chaos and order. Like that show, today’s photos push on an boundary; this time between what we see and what our mind reads into it.
There is a connection between my law writing life and my art making: The more I write, the more I put my hands into my visual work in the studio, making things that are obviously constructed by hand. This involves incorporating errors and accidents, composition through process, of accumulating decisions. My installation will be called Eclipse.
I make art, I write, I teach, all are important to me. Trained in humanities, my studio practice dates to 1965 in New Haven. Some prizes, some commissions, some fellowships. Themes that pervade both art making and scholarship: relationships between perception, conception, literal space and conceptual space, fact and metaphor.
My abstract paintings are based on the idea that our lives are shaped by opposing considerations. I explore the balance and compromises we create in life between the quest for freedom and the need for control. I seek to achieve compositions that mirror the unique arrangements we devise between practical needs and emotional desires.
Following a long career as an art director and graphic designer, Jeffrey Starkes is now an emerging abstract artist working primarily in oils. His paintings have been displayed at galleries and exhibitions throughout Connecticut. He is a member artist at Art/Place gallery in Fairfield, Connecticut and lives and works in West Haven, Connecticut.
Jewelry design is an empowering and exciting form of creativity. I can sit down at my bench and make something new and unique every single day. It is a practice that helps me stay tuned to the moment, allowing me to experiment with and engage in a meditative creative process. From that process comes jewelry that people connect with on many levels.
Kate Stephen is a self-taught jewelry designer who lives and works in the Westville neighborhood of New Haven. Kate was honored by Connecticut Magazine in their “40 under 40” issue, where she was chosen for her work as an exemplary jewelry designer and small business woman. Her designs can be found in boutiques across the state.