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Bruce Stiglich's "Accumulation/Hallucination" to be Featured at Kent Place Gallery

The Kent Place Gallery will welcome artist Bruce Stiglich from February 14 through March 11. The show, titled “Accumulation/Hallucination,” is an installation of Stiglich’s mixed-media artworks. A closing reception for the artist will be held at from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 11.

 

“Accumulation/Hallucination” combines a variety of techniques, including painting, drawing and the gathering of found objects to create complex, beautiful and densely painted collections of surfaces and images. For example, the piece titled “Sweet Stain” uses a wide range of means, including oil paint, acrylic, graphite, ink, wood and cashmere.

 

Stiglich began "Sweet Stain" with a piece of cashmere fabric. He painted a portrait of the little piece of cloth, then enlarged and copied his own painting. He reinterpreted this image over and over, and each new view was added to the whole. The cluster of representations contains mirror images and repetitions, but also surprises that open up space for the imagination. It is a compelling kaleidoscopic monument to remembering and reflecting. Yet the subject, namely the fragment of cashmere fabric, remains enigmatic.

 

“Such a ceaseless return to a mute and mysterious object, and the possibly obsessive circling around it with art, brings to mind many literary and artistic associations, such as Citizen Kane’s rosebud, Proust’s madeleine, that little scrap of blue velvet so prized by Frank in David Lynch’s infamous film,” said Ken Weathersby, Kent Place Gallery Director. “For me as a viewer, it is most importantly a mystery. The point for me is that Stiglich creates an exciting, almost hallucinatory visual world with his works, and the work resists collapsing into an easy interpretation.”

 

“Style in Bruce Stiglich's work is psychological, as the seemingly obsessive repetition of tiny marks that build up into dense vibrating textures suggest the feverishly compulsive activity of an inspired monomaniac,” commented New York Times Art Critic Ken Johnson. “You may be reminded of Jackson Pollock's drip works or folk artists who are driven to decorate their homes with countless polka dots or flattened beer cans.”

 

Stiglich has said his art invokes "…memory, chance, mysticism, puzzles and pieces. My work is a compiling of personal history. I work in series. These series become installations. They span an extended period of time. It begins with a discovery of found images, objects and doodles that to me seem incomplete. The process of completing the images is self referential in nature.”

 

Stiglich has been featured in numerous exhibitions in recent years in New York City, as well as the New York Metro area, Pennsylvania and Miami. He currently teaches at Parsons School of Design, and has also taught at Pont-Aven School of Art in France, and at the State University of New York. He has been a curator of several art exhibitions at MyPAC in Miami.

 

The Kent Place Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment with Director Ken Weathersby. For more information, please call (908) 273-0900, ext. 208 or visit www.kentplace.org/gallery.

 

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