The Student Union Art Gallery Presents
Now & Then
Please join us from Monday, February 25, 2013 to Friday, March 15, 2013
With a reception Sunday March 3rd from 2 pm to 4pm.
Claudia Sperry lives and works in Northampton Massachusetts. She earned an MFA in Painting from Hunter College in New York City and a BA in Art History from Fairfield University. Her art education started at the Art Students League in New York in 1971, where she concentrated on painting and drawing from the model. She is a recipient of a Vermont Arts Council Grant and is represented by Fresh Paint in Los Angeles, CA. Her work is included in the corporate collection of Nordstrom, J.Crew and The MGM Grand in Las Vegas to name just a few. Locally she has been included in group and one person exhibitions at The Oxbow Gallery, The Hampden Gallery Incubator Project Space, The Herter Art Gallery, Zea Mays Printmaking Gallery and Wunderarts. Her most recent teaching position was at Holyoke Community College. Sperry also enjoys making artist books and has two in the collection of The Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College.
“The works of Claudia Sperry communicate a depth of meaning beyond mere appearance,” writes David Gibson, an independent New York curator and arts writer. “They speak of the struggle to achieve meaningful form, a role that only the artist is prepared to fulfill. Sperry has developed an aesthetic that combines the conscious and unconscious qualities of painterly expression, giving each painting a memory of its own, and a dynamic borrowed from her precursors, the alchemists. Place one color next to another, read the signs, build a form that accrues in meaning as it adds to an oeuvre. It’s not about analysis, her work, but about feeling our way through an experience. Ambiguity is her greatest tool. She speaks not to the viewer, but to the painting, asking it questions which it refuses to answer. The truth is that meaning follows beauty, the rest is silence.”
The promise of painting, especially abstract painting, has to do with its ability to take us into various modes of the world. Each painter attempts to delineate a specific perspective on how matter is organized, how space is allotted, how color and light, depth and viscosity work to establish standards for understanding how the universe affects us. Sperry achieves a level of mature investigation into such matters.
The exhibit will be displayed weekdays, from Monday, February 25, 2013 to Friday, March 15, 2013. Please join us for the opening reception that will take place during special hours on Sunday, March 3 from 2-4pm.
Monday through Thursday 10-5
The Student Union Art Gallery is located at the center of the UMass Amherst campus, on the south side of the Student Union building facing the pond. Is is a short walk from the campus garage.