Recently introduced to transFORM’s NYC Showroom, a selection of artists Catherine Wagner Minnery’s and Rachele Unter work is currently on display. We had strong response to their artwork during the Piermont Flywheel Gallery Winter/Spring 2014 group show at transFORM’s New Rochelle Gallery. Since hanging the artwork last week, we have already received inquires about their pieces, proving true that high quality artwork combined with attractive pricing creates interest.
In Catherine’s words, “I am constantly inspired by the natural world; the sunrises and sunsets, the ordinary upstate NY landscape that I see on a daily basis. Of course, I also am deeply moved by the majestic; the rivers and streams and mountains that are part of this landscape.
I could go on and on about light and shadow, the underlying abstract and spiritual components of any subject matter (other locales, interiors, still lifes or some combination) but I create art because I have a need to make visual the excitement I felt when I first looked at (or thought about) the subject at hand, searching for the unseen, not just the surface reality.
For my landscapes, I usually work from small studies drawn on site and quickly taken digital photos. Rarely do I start and finish a piece plein air, but I have a strong desire and need to work outside. It recharges me.
In the studio, I gather all my material and filter the subject matter through my own lens of experience and artistic sensibilities so that the work will be a personal interpretation. I like Paul Klee’s creative credo, ‘Art does not replicate what we see; rather it makes us see.'”
In Rachele’s words, “I look to nature for inspiration for my art since nature is the best creator and I am only an imitator of natural things – the plants, vegetables, and flowers that I grow in my backyard – and use them as subjects or objects to reflect my artistic ideas. Gardening has allowed me to connect with the most elemental life force.
What comes alive through flowers and plants and fruit is the deepest kind of “alive” and my ability to print and paint “aliveness” is a gift that Iam grateful for. This giftallows me to express myself emotionally and spiritually and despite the fact that I have been doing this for many years, I always feel as though I am still finding my way to the heart of my feelings.
I throw myself into the wild dance of art, searching for a deeper sense, and trying to see into the nature of things both physical and imaginary. I gaze at the object which is the subject if a work, but I also look beyond the “object” and contemplate what it means in my life and how best to represent that meaning.”
Catherine Wagner Minnery: Hazy Fall Morning, Oil on Canvas 25.75” x 38” framed $2,000, Sky & Water – Hudson R, Oil on Canvas 21.75” x 44.75” framed $2,400, Wonder, Oil on Canvas 23.75” x 45.5” framed $2,800.
Rachele Unter: Cantor’s Song #1, Etching with Chine Colle 30” x 36” $1,200, Cantor’s Song #7, Etching with Chine Colle 30” x 36” $1,200, Cantor’s Song #6, Etching Chine Colle 30” x 36” $1,200, Hangups #3, Etching with Chine Colle 29.5” x 35.5” $1,200.