Stephen Capogna’s “From Tee to Cup: The Golf Paintings” will be on view Feb. 1-25 at the Hampden Main Gallery. An opening reception is being held Sunday, Feb. 1 from 2-4 p.m.
In 2002, Capogna began to make small sketches of scenes from golf courses located in New England. In 2007, the sketches developed in to a series of drawings depicting the life of a golf ball from tee to cup. “I worked primarily from observation and in pastel on paper,” said the artist. “In 2010, the work called for a larger scale and a more intense focus on the trajectory of the ball from tee to cup. I began to spend more time on the courses photographing with a high-speed camera and shooting video. Working from frame to frame has allowed me to capture the golf ball in motion and at rest. For the larger works I moved from pastel to paint on canvas. At this new scale, the golf ball became monumentalized and I became mesmerized by the play of light on the various surfaces, and by the simple beauty of the course itself. The resulting 10 works are as much about painting as they are of the game of golf. The narrative can be read literally or metaphorically.”
Hampden Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 1-6 p.m. and Sundays 2-5 p.m.