Main Gallery - The Norwalk Art Space
SEEN FIRST AT THE NORWALK ART SPACE, THEN AT THE SONO COLLECTION MALL
Our gallery will host 6 major exhibitions during the 2022-23 program year. Each exhibition will run approximately 8 weeks before select pieces will move to The M&T Bank Magnificent Room at The Sono Collection. Select pieces from each exhibition are available for purchase in our shop here.
The M&T Bank Magnificent Room - The Sono Collection Mall
(DECEMBER 15TH - FEBRUARY 9TH)
Featuring works by Korry Fellow Jerri Graham and invited artists Melissa Newman and Tim Holmstrom
Thursday, December 15th, 6 - 8pm
with Cellist Sophia Vellotti performing
Jerri Graham will be taking portrait photos throughout the night in her TNAS pop-up studio
New Student Exhibition opens in Student Lounge
The Art Space Cafe will offer pastries and drinks for purchase
“Slowly, the layers of our lives are revealed and once they are, we fully come through,” writes Photographer and Korry Fellow Jerri Graham. In the new exhibition “Layers Revealed” at The Norwalk Art Space, Graham invites artists Tim Holmstrom and Melissa Newman to explore the many cycles and layers of humanity, nature, beauty, creation, and decay. “Each frame of the camera" Graham states "is a fraction of a second of a life that will be lived for a time unknown. Within these fractionated layers, we find our lives and ourselves.” Melissa Newman works in several mediums including clay. "I see artists as “little gods,” who translate the world around them, creating their own worlds in response" Newman writes. Her sculpture, reflecting an immersion in nature, music making, writing and traveling, provokes multiple layers of interpretation and tension. Tim Holmstrom’s work “excavates cultural and personal themes, stories, myths or delusions we often recycle and return to …out of habit, comfort, and nostalgia. The repetitions and patterns of decay, rebirth, and the entropy and chaos found in Nature - found in our own nature as humans and artists. Accepting and embracing the beauty, darkness, twists, folds, scars, and revelations borne of that process. It attempts to illustrate that most of all we all labor under a collective delusion that we are evolving, escaping or progressing.”
Layers Revealed travels to the SONO Collection
February 10, 2023 - April 14, 2023
Selected works from the “Layers Revealed” exhibition will transition to the SONO Collection
(OCTOBER 20TH - DECEMBER 8TH)
Featuring Korry Fellow Sarah King
with Maryna Bilak + Judy Glantzman
Thursday, October 20th, 6 - 9pm
Book Reading by Nikkya Hargrove 7pm
Movement performance by Ariel Kleinberg 7:15pm
Music performance by Canyon 8:30 - 9pm
Exhibition Statement by writer and mother of three Nikkya Hargrove:
In my recent essay called Making Space, I explain, “Over the years, I have worried that there was no way I could be both a mother and a writer and do either well. But as far back as my memory goes, I wanted all of it - the morning sickness, the indigestion, those stretch marks across my belly - because the end result, if all went as planned, would be a baby. That’s also how I feel about writing; rejection is the morning sickness of the writing process and each response is one step closer to an acceptance.”
Judy Glantzman, Marnya Bilak, and Sarah King’s respective works take us to a place of understanding those moments in time that bring us to a closer sense of acceptance as both mother and artist. Standing in front of their work, we are in a place where we can see ourselves, and our journeys reflected. In this exhibit, you will see, through mediums ranging from painting to sculpture, how these artists articulate the intersectionality of artist and mother. Sarah King, the curator of this exhibition, says, “I wanted to showcase people who are parents who are working in this field who have embraced parenthood and it is their form of empowerment. I felt that these two artists were empowered by parenthood, by their work, by the generational complexities.”
Maryna’s work begs us to dig deep, to search within and understand a particular moment in time. As we grapple with those feelings, of being, of stewing in those moments, we get a glimpse into the world which reminds me that as mothers, and caregivers alike, we have an obligation that never gets time off. We have a mandate to show up as our best selves in every single moment. And yet, I wonder, who will show up with us along the way?
Leaning into life, and leaning on others is part of being in the moment, living through the moments and leaning on a community of people. For me, in Judy Glantzman’s “Dark Prayer,” I come face to face, quite literally, with both the beauty and complexities humanity has to offer. We are transported, it seems, through time and space, and demand that the world take us for who we are at face value, and that we are not alone.
Sarah’s work almost forces us to a standstill as we bear witness to parenting. In her installation, "A collection of things found in the Wash/Suck Eggs,” we can place ourselves in every single scene, and be who we are no matter where we are. When we look at their respective pieces, we are provided with choices, to look back or ahead, to rest or to work, to hold space or hold time, to mother or to create, and every time the answer is this - it can all be done in time. We can be a parent and. We can be an artist and. We can be a witness and. We can be who we are at every twist and turn and.
At the end of my essay, Making Space, I share, “The beauty of writing, the reason I love it, is because it travels life with me, gives me pause, helps me step back from the mess of it all, and puts things into perspective. And while the act of writing is done alone, it cannot be done without help. It is my community that keeps me whole, and supports me to be the best mother and writer I can be,” We celebrate Judy, Maryna, and Sarah and support them as both mothers, and artists. Together, we make up a community of humans, here to bear witness to the lives of these three talented artists in The Longest Shortest Time. Thank you, Judy, Maryna, and Sarah for your wonderful work, for inviting us in, and for being who they are.
Nikkya’s memoir, Mama: A Black, Queer Woman’s Journey to Motherhood will be out in 2024 by Algonquin Books.
(MOVED TO THE SONO COLLECTION)
Where Do We Go From Here?
Featuring Korry Fellow Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Greg Aimé and Zane St. Juste
Exhibition travels to the SONO Collection’s Magnificent Room on October 14th
Peek into the world of poet, painter, performer and teacher, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo and Heshima Moja, Composer, Songwriter, Bassist, Vocalist, Sound Alchemist, Sonic Storyteller, and Producer
“The question, Where Do We Go From Here? arose from a conversation between Heshima and I while working on the beginnings of this performance piece amid the global pandemic. Reflecting on the times, from the 24-month lockdown to the January 6th uprising, the question ‘what happens now?’ naturally surfaced. I immediately felt the duty as an artist to explore that question, knowing that the things I found would be both pessimistic and optimistic, negative and positive, hopeful and dire. As people on this planet, coming out of the collective ‘go to your room’ edict from Mother Nature, I think it’s time for us to begin addressing this question.” Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
We meet these two men in a setting resembling their workspaces. Heshima sits at a piano, composing, and Iyaba is in his space with several canvases, frantically painting. Through this window into their world, a narrative unfolds that reveals visual perceptions and ideas about human identity that are often misguided. The audience is challenged by stories, sonic invocations, and visual narratives (paintings) to see two men on a level beyond their skin and assumed ethnicity. They share their pain, joy, and gripping narrative to reveal the importance and power of vulnerability in a world that has placed clear and deliberate barriers in the path of genuine human interaction and connection. As the piece develops, we learn that they share more in common than meets the eye. Each of them share the legacy of conquistadores, the Caribbean, the language of music and the drumbeat of West Africa.