South Egremont, MA and Englewood, NJ artist Irmari Nacht will exhibit her work at the Atrium Gallery of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA from August 31st through October 9th. The work will include recycled books and photo collage assemblages. These small works explore the concepts of altered realism, segueing of colors, fragmentation and repetition of images. There will be an artist’s reception, Saturday, September 12th from 2-5pm.
Nacht’s art has been exhibited in every major museum in New Jersey, including the Newark Museum, the New Jersey State Museum, the Morris Museum, and the Montclair Art Museum. It is in several corporate and public collections, such as AT&T, Western Electric, PSE&G, ADP, the Newark Museum, and the Jimmy Carter Museum. Nacht has exhibited internationally, as well as nationally, and was awarded two New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Sculpture. She recently received a second grant from the Puffin Foundation for “Who Am I?”, an interactive project where the viewer becomes part of the artwork.
Nacht’s altered books, the “SAVED” series, uses books that otherwise might be discarded and transforms them into artworks. The books are cut, sometimes into slivers which curl and undulate, and return to the tree-like shape from which the paper was made.
The resulting artwork, using the book as a metaphor, addresses environmental concerns, change and transformation, information received and denied, as well as the concept of multiple imagery, which highlights the strength and energy of repeated elements.
Only discarded books are used - those well-read or left over from book sales - but are still in good condition. Some of the books are painted or wetted and all are cut into slivers or strips, while maintaining the basic integrity of the book.
The words of the book are extended beyond the surface of the covers by means of the outreaching slivers; the ideas and concepts of the book move out to the viewer, perhaps generating new ideas.
The collages use one or more photographs to create compound or fragmented images. The work can be perceived on a basic level of color and interesting imagery as well as in a more serious conceptual way relating to patterning, segueing, and thematic context. The viewer can see the power of simple images repeated and get a greater understanding of how the eye receives fragmented and interrelated information. Because the work is small in size, one becomes closely involved in the nuances of each piece.
In the “Mini-Weaves” series, Nacht takes photographs of floral gardens in spring, Hawaii at sunset, lush clouds in blue skies, bridges and architectural elements. Two different images are used to create a third composite image which relates to the originals, but is completely different. Nacht was intrigued with the way reality became fragmented by interweaving photographs - by the changes in color, texture, design, imagery.
The “Facades/Backgrounds” series, uses small round raised pictures to tell a story that relates to the larger images. Because the work appears on two planes, you can see the images in details or fragments, as well as viewing it as a larger, complex picture. In “Cellphonia” and “Glitterati” Nacht depicts celebrities as well as everyday people in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. The “Sunset Segue” pieces explore the relationship of color placement - the changes of light, tone, and mood as one color is placed next to another. Past and present unite in “Telephonia” and “Vintage Cars.”
Her work has been exhibited at Bergen PAC, Englewood, NJ; Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA; Edward Hopper House Art Center, NY; JCC on the Palisades, 5th Bakers Dozen International Collage Exchange, New Plymouth, New Zealand; Starbucks, Englewood; Westport Library, Conn; Open Space Gallery, Allentown, PA; Cow Parade 2000; Belskie Museum, NJ; Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, MA; International Museum of Collage, Mexico; and Art Colle Museum, Sergine, France. Additional work can be currently seen in Englewood at Midday Gallery and in the Berkshires, MA at Lauren Clark Fine Art, Housatonic
The Atrium Gallery in the Alumni Library at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, located at 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA is open 8:30am - midnight everyday. For further information, please call 201 569 9118 or visit www.Irmari.com.