Barbara Mason & Martin Conley
Form and Identity
May 5, 2015 – May 31, 2015
Preview Reception, Wednesday, May 6th, 5-8pm
First Thursday, May 7th, 6-8pm
Artist Talk, May 17th, 11am
Dual show of artist/printmaker Barbara Mason and artist/sculptor Martin Conley.
Form is one of the elements of art. At its most basic, a form is a three-dimensional shape. In a broader sense, form, in art, means the whole of a piece’s visible elements and the way those elements are united. Finally, form refers to the visible elements of a piece, independent of their meaning.
Martin Conley shows for the first time at Waterstone Gallery, exhibiting the warmth of his sculptural forms. Martin’s wood pieces are fluid and sensuous while showcasing the beautiful elements of the natural world. “The wood tells me what it wants to be,” Martin says, “it has an idea of it’s own and I just help it to come out.”
Identity by definition is a set of characteristics by which a thing is definitively recognizable or known.
Barbara says, “My work, by its very being, expresses my identity as an artist. Most work is ultimately about self- expression. Working to explain the internal vision or reality is what I always work for. As a printmaker, my work is already defined by process and I admit that my work has been changed by new and also safer methods of getting ink onto paper. It is sort of a marriage between tradition and technology. Image, color, form, …all the things I use instinctively have been honed in the development of this body of work”.