Sunday, September 19, 2010

Jumping Off Of Cliff: A Tribute to H.C. Westermann

Jumping Off Of Cliff: A Tribute to H.C. Westermann
September 20 - November 1, 2010
Opening reception, October 17th, 2-4pm
Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries
The Kenneth P. McCutchan Art Center
College of Liberal Arts
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712-3596

At first I thought of making a baboon-headed man or a mandrill headed man for this show. I am responding to the craftsmanship of H.C. Westerman’s work and his use of color. I was thinking that ‘Memorial to the Idea of Man If He Was an Idea ‘ was a signature piece and his most famous piece and that I had to use the same colors, red, white and blue, in my sculpture. H.C. Westerman to me is impenetrable. His work is enigmatic. His art is outside the cannon and in it. He seems not to be responding to other works of art in history or historical art movements but entirely caught up in his own world. Another famous image is of himself, shirtless, in a James Dean pose. I thought a rhinoceros better captured his physique and also his nature. Hence a rhino-man. With color, I usually don’t like to impose color like a mascot on my pieces or use it as a statement or a banner. I usually try hard to use color in a way that responds to the feeling of the wood or the wood grain. Hence the subtle grays, pinks and browns in the wood became silver, copper and gold in my piece. Yet the juxtaposition of metallic paint and natural wood grain seemed like an anomaly: like H.C. Westerman himself.

Rhino Man, 16" tall, maple wood & enamel, 2010 By Donna Dodson

Monday, September 13, 2010

Four Legged Art Exhibit

The Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Gardens

is pleased to present
Four Legged
Celebrating our
Animal Kingdom
Sept. 17- Nov. 14th

Please note: September 17-19
A percentage of each sale will benefit
the Concord-Merrimack Country SPCA


September 19th
1 pm - 5 pm


Join the cavalcade of animal lovers at Mill Brook Gallery for an artistic celebration of the animal kingdom.

Twenty-nine artists showcase their talents in this exciting visual arts menagerie featuring premier area artists.

You can lend your support to a noble cause! In addition to this truly astonishing exhibit, we are hosting a fund-raiser for the Concord-Merrimack SPCA. We appreciate and recognize all of their efforts on behalf of New Hampshire's animals.


Megan Bogonovich, Walker Boyle,
Jane Butler, David Carroll,
Megan Chapman, Rosemary Conroy, Jeffrey Cooper, Elli Crocker,
Donna Dodson, Peter Dudley,
Liz Fletcher, Gary Hamel,
Mary Iselin, Al Jaeger,
Carol Lake, Wendy Klemperer,
Madeline Lord, Heidi Lorenz,
Glen MacInnis, Victoria Mauldin,
Melissa Miller, Annette Mitchell,
Andy Moerlein, Gloria Najecki,
Fleur Palau, Lynn Peterfreund,
Ilene Richard, Adele Sandborn,
Bob Shannahan and Patricia Verani

Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Sunday
11-5 and by appointment

The Mill Brook Gallery
& Sculpture Garden

236 Hopkinton Road
Concord, NH 03301

Silver Fox, 25" tall, wood, pigment & paint, 2009
Elephant Clown, 26" tall, wood, pigment &paint, 2009

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Two Sculptors in Two Dimensions

Two Sculptors in Two Dimensions: Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein

Prints and drawings by sculptors Andy Moerlein of Bow NH and Donna Dodson of Boston MA are currently on view at University of New Hampshire School of Law, Two White Street, Concord NH. This show features two dimensional works paired with photographs of Dodson’s and Moerlein’s completed sculptures. The experimental nature of the art on display represents uncharted paths for these two sculptors. The exhibit is open to the public, free of charge, daily from September 7th through October 29th. For exhibit information, please call the University of New Hampshire School of Law at 603- 228-1541. The exhibit is on view on weekdays from 8 AM – 5 PM and weekends from 10 AM – 5 PM; closed on all legal holidays. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Saturday October 9th, from 1p – 3p during Art Concord.

These well-known artists, each of whom has extensive portfolios of individual sculptural work, collaborated in the public arena on several large installations this summer. “Moose Myth” is a 22-foot-high structure built of saplings that dominates Bicentennial Park in Nashua NH. A twin “Moose Myth” sculpture is installed in Market Square in Portsmouth NH. In August, Dodson and Moerlein created and then burned a 22-foot-wide winged Phoenix as a part of WaterFire, the spectacular art event in Providence RI.

Dodson’s and Moerlein’s drawings and prints, paired with photographs of their sculptures, reveal their process of working. In particular, monoprints evoke their investigation of the “Moose Myth” concept and show a deep imagining of moose and human mythology.

Donna Dodson relates her two-dimensional work to her sculptural vocabulary. “Sculpture is the result of methodical decision making. My carved wood pieces represent a commitment to the material as well as an investment of time. Every gesture results from multiple carving techniques and tools. My drawings and monoprints, on the other hand, are more spontaneous and have a raw immediacy.” A series of monoprints depicting Dodson’s iconic elephant goddesses show her process of using flat works to explore various possibilities of form and color. These investigations invigorate her as an artist.

Andy Moerlein says, “My drawings are a necessary step in creating the work and they document my process of working. I must plan on paper what I hope to build, especially for any large scale installations. Because my outdoor sculptures often require vast amounts of material and assistance, I have little time on site to challenge proportions, scale, color or design.” Included in this exhibit is a series of prints “Hanging by a Thread.” These vivid images are explorations of ideas for a yet unrealized work.

Both sculptors are represented by Mill Brook Gallery in Concord, NH and are members of the Boston Sculptors Gallery.

Update: There will be an artist talk at the Bedford Library, 3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, NH 03110 on Monday September 13th at 8pm, sponsored by the Manchester Artists Association. The artists will present their individual & collaborative works.

Moose Myth I, monoprint, 2010 by Donna Dodson
Moose Myth, graphite, 2010 by Andy Moerlein