‘Colorimetry’ Puts Ehrenhalt, Stockwell on Display

The Artists' Reception will take place Oct. 4 for Amaranth Ehrenhalt and Craig Stockwell.

The Artists’ Reception will take place Oct. 4 for Amaranth Ehrenhalt and Craig Stockwell.


galerie102 is pleased to present “Colorimetry,” featuring paintings by Amaranth Ehrenhalt and Craig Stockwell. “Colorimetry” opens Sat., October 4, 2014 with an artists’ reception from 5-7 pm and is on view through Nov. 9.

“Colorimetry” (pron. Color..ih..metry) is the scientific term in chemistry used to quantify and describe human color perception. galerie102’s “Colorimetry” exhibit celebrates the bold use of color that both artists Ehrenhalt and Stockwell employ in their paintings – often substituting color for line and whitespace;   dynamic color-forms interact with linear overlays, creating a tension that evokes the energy of life itself.

One of the few living abstract expressionists of the New York School still working, Amaranth Ehrenhalt was born in Newark, N.J. in 1928 and raised in Philadelphia.  She lived in New York City in the early ‘50s and knew Al Held, Ronald Bladen and Willem de Kooning. In the mid-50s, she left for a three-week visit to Paris and stayed for over 30 years. As an expatriate she exhibited with such contemporaries as Sam Francis, Joan Mitchell and Shirley Jaffe.  She returned to New York in 2008 and has established herself as a multifaceted artist with many solo and group exhibitions in Paris, Italy, New York and California. Her work extends beyond the canvas to include drawings, prints, watercolors, tapestries, mosaics, murals, sculptures, poetry, prose and more. Today she continues to live and work in New York City.

“My work is abstract expressionist. I try to create that which does not sleep, but rather looks like it is constantly in motion:  dancing, vibrating, gyrating, shimmering,” says Ehrenhalt   “Joan Mitchell once asked me in Paris, why I want to paint. I do not know if I “want to paint” or do not “want to paint.” It is just something that I do like breathing and moving, walking and talking. I cannot imagine my life without it.”

Painter Craig Stockwell (b. Cambridge, MA 1952) began his studies at Dartmouth College and Rhode Island School of Design. At RISD he studied with glass artist Dale Chihuly and went on to work in glass in Minneapolis, MN, Boulder, CO, and Boston, MA. His work moved on to conceptually based sculptural installations and was shown in New York, notably at PSI (MoMA). In 1988, after living in Spain with his young family, Stockwell returned to the United States and settled in New Hampshire where he made an intentional decision to confine his work to painting as a method of creating a sustainable daily practice.

“I work with a serial/conceptual process in order to base the painting on something that I can return to repeatedly and keep it going. The purpose of my painting is to elicit exchange:  ideas, objects, installation, writing, teaching, and talking. The purpose of exchange is to counter hoarding.”

Stockwell received an MFA degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2000.  His drawings and paintings have been exhibited extensively in New England and nationally including the Nielsen Gallery in Boston, the Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, Marlboro College, The Fitchburg Museum, The Painting Center in NY, among other venues. His work is in many permanent private and public collections including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In 2014, he was the recipient of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s – The Space Program – and spent a year in Dumbo, Brooklyn creating new works. The large paintings in Colorimetry are a result of his time spent in Brooklyn. He currently is the Director of the low residency visual arts MFA program at New Hampshire Institute of Art.  Stockwell currently lives and works in Keene, New Hampshire.

Conveniently located in downtown Ojai, galerie102 is dedicated to thought-provoking contemporary art. Gallery director, Jolene Lloyd considers the gallery a small piece of the vibrant New York, Chelsea art scene thriving in bucolic Ojai. Her program focuses on painting, mixed media, sculpture, photography and video. The gallery is located at 102 W. Matilija St. Hours are Thursdays through Sundays from 11 to 4 pm or by appointment. Visit galerie102.com, call (805) 640-0151 or email hello@galerie102.com for more information.

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