Anonymous from New York City
Anonymous from Albany
Symmetry and balance are key terms in aesthetics. Most humans have a general capacity for recognizing and appreciating these, reserved perhaps most acutely for products other humans make. Fundamentally, these terms are what seems to govern the notion of divine proportion which gives this exhibition its name.
For some time now, I’ve been interested in this notion. Not being a mathematician, I’m drawn to it as an overarching concept that manifests itself in discourse and fields of knowledge outside mathematics. The concept centers on the idea that macro structures are contained in the micro, that similar worlds are found in matter and material culture, and that all that is, is a mirror of itself. These ideas are for me interconnected; they are often made manifest in art. Thus, the notion of divine proportion is found all around, whether we call on perspectives that name the golden ratio, the golden mean, the Vitruvian (da Vinci) man, the DNA molecule, and so on, thereby, bringing to the everyday a sense of order, harmony, and symmetry.
The four artists in this digital exhibition remind me of some of these perspectives. Alexis Duque’s worlds in his works inhabit other worlds, whether presented in 2D or in sculptures, as he details repetitive sequences that achieve a balanced harmony. Richard Garrison’s antipodal paintings are both a reflection and coded analysis of space that ultimately problematize what one may consider normal; he creates and discovers underlying structures. As a fine art photographer, Jeanne Finley focuses on the make-up of things, capturing or delineating circulatory systems, networks, and traces left by living things. Cathryn Buckley Arcomano’s beautiful paintings present a paradox of the austere within the baroque; she questions , explores, and plays with affirmations of the One and the Many.
I invite you to ponder these ideas with them.
Introduction by Laudelina Martinez, Curator
Samantha Kelley, Production Assistant
Born and reared in Colombia in 1971, Alexis Duque studied at the School of Fine Arts of Antioquia in Colombia. He is described as a Colombian Postwar and Contemporary artist who paints primarily in acrylics and creates sculptural works. After moving to NYC, where he became a member of the Art Students League, Duque began a dynamic schedule of shows, exhibiting his work at galleries and museums in NY and NJ. Besides many group presentations, he has had solo exhibits in Valencia, Spain, and Manizales, Colombia. Duque’s most recent work is on display at the Museum Hotel in Bentonville, AK. For the summer of 2023, he has been working at the ReachProjects Artist Residency in Blue Hill, Maine. Duque lives and works mostly in NYC.
Richard Garrison received a BS in Studio Art from the College of St. Rose, Albany, NY, in 1993, and an MFA from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 1995. His work has been extensively shown nationally and internationally, including The Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC; Mass MOCA, in North Adams, MA; the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton, NY; Rochester Contemporary Art Center, NY; The Visual ArtsCenter of New Jersey, Summit, NJ; the International Print Center, NYC; the Elmhurst Museum of Art, IL; and the Queens Museum, NY, among others. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including Fidelity Investments, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Wellington Management. Garrison maintains a studio in the Hudson Valley.
Jeanne Finley is a writer/editor and fine art photographer. She has exhibited her images since 2015 in galleries and venues in the Capital Region and beyond. Most recently, Finley has had her work at the Albany Center Gallery’s Members Show, at RVE Gallery in Albany’s Warehouse District, and online and pop-art exhibitions at Martinez Gallery. Finley contributed the cover photo for the anthology Bending the Arc: Striving for Peace and Justice in the Age of Endless War (SUNYPress); a photo for "picturingJUSTICE," an exhibit at the Legal Aid Society of Northern NY; and both photos and bylined articles in Washington Report for Middle East Affairs. The Albany Institute of History and Art recently accessioned 224 of Finley's photos of protests and rallies to their permanent collection. Finley attended Empire State University and the University at Albany.
Cathryn Buckley Arcomano
Cathryn Buckley Arcomano was born in Troy, NY, in 1923, and raised in the Oswego County village of Altmar, where she fell in love with painting as a child. In 1946, Cathryn Buckley (she took Arcomano from her husband) graduated from the College of St.Rose in Albany; she began her formal art studies through a St. Rose program at the University of Mexico in Mexico City. She returned to NY, where she married and continued her art studies at The New School Art Workshops in NYC. There, she was awarded first prize for painting in 1974. Buckley Arcomano became an international artist, often exhibiting in the USA and in England, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong. Her paintings have been acquired by museums, corporations, and private collections, including The Brooklyn Museum, The Newark Museum, the Everson Museum of Art, the Gannett Company, Nordstrom, Pfizer, and Skadden Arps Law. She died in 2012.
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