Five Points Gallery will open a new show on July 7, 2016 which will run through August 13, 2016 and will feature the work of Bob Gregson, David Holzman and Becky Rosen and is being sponsored by Northwest Savings Bank. The public is encouraged to attend an opening reception on Friday, July 8th from 6-8:30 p.m. An artist conversation, also open to the public, will be held on July 29th at 6 p.m. Both events are free. Regular gallery hours are Thursdays through Mondays from 1 – 5 p.m.
For this new show, Five Points Gallery is proud to feature the work of the FPG 2015 Juried Show Award Winner, Becky Rosen in an exhibition titled regarding the disregarded. Torrington native and distinguished scholar Ann Temkin, Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, selected Rosen for this award. Ann Temkin is also an advisory board member of Five Points Gallery.
Rosen, an artist who works in various media, is currently attending Hunter College where she is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts degree. According to Rosen, she intensely studies familiar places in the world around her and from these intense studies, she transforms overlooked moments into the compositional and color inspiration for her thoughtfully crafted abstractions. Often painting directly on unprimed fabric and papers, there is a rawness and immediacy to Rosen’s work that suggests a temporality and ephemerality of material and imagery. This temporal nature encourages viewers to carefully examine not only Rosen’s work, but also how things change over time in the world around them. These series of Rosen’s work follow in the steps of Ingrid Calame, Sol LeWitt, Eva Hesse, and John Cage’s visual art.
David Holzman is the featured artist in the TDP Gallery. Holzman considers himself to be part of a tradition of storytelling through the medium of relief sculpture. In his exhibit at Five Points, Atonal Apples, he continues his series of carved wood wall reliefs based on the stream of consciousness series, a series which he calls "The Book of Umm." Holzman develops his imagery using the surrealist technique of automatic drawing. His work refers to contemporary imagery as well as tribal culture and according to Holzman, “It’s about being spontaneous, being simple and being human”.
Holzman received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Among his achievements, he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artist Fellowship for Artist’s Books. He has exhibited throughout Connecticut and currently teaches in the Simsbury School System and at Central Connecticut State University.
The East Gallery will feature the work of Bob Gregson in an exhibit titled Off Kilter. Bob Gregson challenges the traditional relationship between artwork and viewer. He sees his work as a hinge connecting them in a very personal way. The work is a collision of ideas that mixes color, design, and architecture into provocative situations. Responding to the lack of intimate social interactions in today’s technology-saturated culture, he strives to use art to create situations that bring people together in a shared experience. Panels can be turned, sculpture can be rolled and people can rock. The result is work that is clever, witty and fun. Bob’s philosophy is as direct as his work. As he explains, “I believe an artwork is absorbed and filtered through one’s life experiences. We respond to the colors, shapes and images that awaken unconscious connections. I like to play in the hazy territory between an artwork and the public.”
Bob Gregson received a B.F.A. from the Hartford Art School and an M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago. His art education started with noted artist/illustrator Carroll N. Jones, Jr. and Pulitzer Fellowship recipient Rudolph Zallinger. He has exhibited in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. as well as his home state of Connecticut. In addition, Bob has taught and lectured in various locations and is the author and illustrator of several books. His work is represented in various private collections as well as the collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art.
About the Gallery Located in a historic downtown building, Five Points Gallery (FPG) is a non-profit contemporary art gallery showcasing professional regional, national and international visual artists. The gallery presents exhibitions in three beautifully renovated exhibition spaces, and has earned the reputation as one of Connecticut's outstanding contemporary art venues. For more information about the gallery please visit www.fivepointsgallery.org.