Fairfielder’s work featured in art exhibition

SOLOS 2015 art exhibition opening reception will be held Friday, May 8, from 6-8 p.m., at Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport.

Fairfield resident Rick Shaefer was chosen as one of the eight selected artists out of nearly 200 submissions.

The exhibition runs from May 8-June 27. Admission is free.

Information: 203-222-7070; westportartscenter.org.

Other selected artists include Joy Bush, Hamden, Loren Eiferman, Katonah, N.Y., Maria Lara-Whelpley, West Redding, Gaye Korbet, Cambridge, Mass., Michael Kozlowski, Trumbull, Norma Minkowitz, Westport, and Catherine Vanaria, New Fairfield.

The Westport Arts Center’s Visual Arts program is dedicated to creating exhibitions and programming that enrich the community. The SOLOS exhibition is one way in which the Arts Center celebrates the artistic talent and diversity of its Artist Members.

Juried by Richard Klein, exhibitions director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Musuem.

Juror’s Statement

“My appreciation goes out to all of the artists who submitted their work for potential inclusion in SOLOS 2015. There were numerous artists that could not be accommodated due to space considerations, and as is the case of all open calls hard choices needed to be made among works whose character was similar. I hope that you, the viewer, find as I did exceptional experiences in the presence of the works brought together in these solo presentations.

The works I’ve chosen for the series of exhibitions I believe all contain some sense of the now. Not the hip “now” of hyperactive, popular culture, but rather the deep now of human endeavor that surrounds being alive and present in the second decade of the twenty first century. This sense of the now is not about style, as literally every style and mode from the past can be relevantly used for contemporary art making, but rather about reflecting an awareness and acceptance of not only present reality, but also a hint of where we are headed.”

SOLOS 2015 was juried by Richard Klein. Richard Klein is an artist, curator, and writer. Since 1999 he has been exhibitions director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. In his sixteen year career as a curator of contemporary art he has organized over 80 exhibitions, including solo shows of the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Janine Antoni, Sol LeWitt, Mark Dion, Michael Joo, Hank Willis Thomas, Brad Kahlhamer, Roy McMakin, Mary Temple, Jessica Stockholder, Tom Sachs, and Elana Herzog. Major curatorial projects at The Aldrich have included Fred Wilson: Black Like Me (2006), Elizabeth Peyton: Portrait of an Artist (2008), Shimon Attie: MetroPAL.IS. (2011), and Michael Joo: Drift (2014). As an artist, he has exhibited widely, including the Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, Hales Gallery, London, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR, and the Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Norton Family Collection, Santa Monica, CA, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA, and the Connecticut Artists Collection (State of Connecticut), Hartford, CT. His essays on art and culture have appeared in Cabinet Magazine and have been included in books published by Hatje Cantz, Damiani, Picturebox, and the University of Chicago Press, among others.

SOLOS 2015 is sponsored by Susan Malloy and the Sun Hill Foundation.

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