Exhibits by Barbara Neulinger, Michael Goering and Peter Gordon Open April 8 at Hampden Gallery

Peter Gordon
Selection from Barbara Neulinger’s ‘Element Pool’
Work by Michael Goering

Exhibits by artists Barbara Neulinger, Michael Goering and Peter Gordon will be on view April 8-30 at the Hampden Gallery in Southwest.

Neulinger’s “Element Pool” features paintings that the artist says “derive from the experience of coming upon a pool of water in the woods. Unruly, the activity of temperature and breeze is quieted and held, momentarily, within the pool. A piece of bright sky melds with shadows while reflections shift and float. The surface and substance of the painting mimics the activity in the pool, where elements in disarray must find order. Both the pools and the paintings, with their inverse compositions, are distillations, wishes, to seize clarity while chaos, embodied by the infinity of elements, encroaches from outside and bubbles up from underneath.”

Neulinger grew up in Queens and attended the LaGuardia High School of Music and Art before  receiving her B.S. in art from Skidmore College and an MFA in painting from The Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University. She has exhibited regionally at APE, the Oxbow Gallery and the Oresman Gallery at Smith College. Nationally and internationally, she has exhibited in New York City, Mexico City and in Lecce, Italy. She lives in Northampton.

In the gallery’s Incubtaor Project Space, Goering’s “Gather Up Your Wings and Fly” will be on display. A visual artist and musician from Germany who is interested in the things of everyday life, he plans to select objects from thrift stores and other low cost or free sites. He will work with the objects on site and see what they have to tell.

Goering was born in Vreden/Westfalen, Germany. He studied painting at the Art Academy in Muenster and later worked as a curator at the Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst Münster. He is the recipient of several awards including the Förderpreis Bildende Kunst, GWK Münster and the Arbeitsstipendium Pilotprojekt Gropiusstadt Berlin. His work has been shown at numerous group and solo exhibitions in Germany.

The Main Gallery is showing “Cost of Production” by Gordon, is the first recipient of the Klaus Postler Memorial Exhibition Award.

In economics, cost of production refers to the direct and indirect costs required to generate a profit. As the title of Gordon’s exhibition, “Cost of Production” refers to the toll natural resources and habitats pay to manufacturing and transportation. In his work, the artist juxtaposes visual references to nature and technology, such as plants, animals, landscape, fossil fuel consumption, and commercialism, to show how choices impact life on Earth.

A Pittsfield native, Gordon, earned degrees in painting at UMass Amherst and the University of Maryland College Park. His artwork is included in several large collections and has been widely exhibited, including shows in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, New York
City and abroad. From 2002-04, he was a member of The Storefront Artist Project in Pittsfield and between 2008-10, he was active with Sparkplug, an artist group supported by the District of Columbia Arts Center. From 2004-12, he studied and worked in the Washington, D.C. area, where he taught color theory, drawing and graphic design at several universities.

In addition to painting, over the last 12 years, he helped form two improvisational jam bands as the bass player. In 2012, he returned to Pittsfield, where he maintains an active painting studio and plays with two bands.

Opening receptions for all three exhibits are being held Sunday, April 12 from 2-4 p.m.

Hampden Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1-6 p.m., and Sunday, 2-5 p.m.