Juried Show

The Original Juried Show of 2018 will be held at The SEABA Gallery at 404 Pine Street in Burlington. The exhibit will represent 40 artists selected by our 2018 jurist Kathleen Vance.

Kathleen Vance, Juror, 2018 South End Art Hop
September 7-9, 2016

Juror Statement:

It was a pleasure to juror this year’s South End Art Hop.  This event is given as a great gift to the community and is a tribute to the vibrancy of the art scene in the area.  In selecting works for the indoor exhibition, I considered pieces on their own merit as well as their individuality in voice and level of expression. The works selected range from academic realism to abstract works, and include a multitude of materials and methods including: watercolor, oil, acrylic, collage, assemblage, video, and quilting to name just a few.  The resulting exhibition is presented as a survey of the works submitted to this year’s SEABA Art Hop, and it was a privilege to make the selections.  
Awarding works a prize for the indoor exhibition was a challenge, as the task of giving a value judgment to an artwork is often a matter subjective opinion.  While there were numerous works that showed talent in the technical skill of their creation, I chose to evaluate the prizes for this year’s art hop on the basis of originality and innovation of concept and execution.  
First prize is awarded to “Fugue” by Emily Piccirillo.  In this piece, the artist transitions from the illusionary space of clouded sky to the physical surface of the cut canvas, through which the viewer can see reflected color. The orange hues painted on the reverse of the canvas create a color shift to orange from the white of the wall, which is magnified by the complimentary blues in her depiction of the sky.  In this piece, Emily Picarrillo has related concepts of Spatialism, a’la Lucio Fontana, and, rather than a slashed canvas, a cleanly cut square opens a view to the wall behind the painting.   Reminiscent of Summer days, a trampoline jump, this innovative artwork invites visitors to investigate and look for “more” and to see what beyond the surface.
Second Prize goes to “In the Midst” by John Douglas.  In this video piece, John Douglas presents surrealist a vision of tranquil landscapes, transitioning into patterning and visual displays of seemingly infinitely iterated imagery.  Figures posed, and explored through movement are overlaid much like Edward Muybridge created his nonlinear photographic narratives.  
Linda Dulleba receives third place.  As the title suggests, “Primitive 3” depicts a primitive modality of imagery.  This work immediately brought to mind the Lascaux Paleolithic cave paintings in France. Dulleba has inverted the negative space and created a surface environment for the figuration to dwell.  This piece has an emotive quality that is brought to life with slight flickering of illumination from behind the canvas.  The ember-like chroma of the color she has achieved in her animal forms seem to glow, almost ready to ignite.
The outdoor portion of this year’s South End Art Hop was the most exciting component to judge as it functions on a public level and has to the potential to impact a new audience in a direct way.  There is a personal freedom for the artist in creating and installing sculpture that I anticipate in outdoor works, in which the artist determines their own parameters of scale and space as proportioned to the environment, with no physical limits.  I feel that the most successful public sculpture should address its perceived audience as well as relate to the site it is positioned.  
As difficult as the indoor prize selections were, the outdoor 1st place winner was a clear choice.  Tree Mirror by Aaron Grossman was a stand out in the competition and was a cohesive fusion with the environment in which it is displayed.  The mirrored mosaic in the Howard Street Complex, gives back a fractioned portion of the sky, and presents a revised vision of growth. The line work in the cut glass components define the figuration of a well articulated tree; it almost seems to be drawn on the corner of the building, evacuating the space of the bricks. 
Second prize for outdoor works is given to Consequences by Ken Mills.  Ken Mills has well crafted an esoteric work that awaits a cryptographer.  I awarded this sculpture second place due to the merits of its construction as well as the level of intrigue.  In this work, a trisected boulder, seemingly embedded in the earth, ejects veins of metal to communicate its message. The viewer is tasked with deciphering the artist’s meaning in the engraved pictograms and visual cues of hands clasping molten glass and crustacean-like figures spiraling out from its center. Humorous, but sincere, this is definitely worth a close investigation.  
Puff Ball by Tyler Vendituoli, is given third place.  This sculpture by Vendituoli implies a romantic undertone.  The globes in this sculpture evoke associations to art nouveau figural lamps, sans figure. Puff Ball stands as a fertilized flower awaiting its seeds to be carried away with the wind.  Passersby in the evening have opportunity to view this work aglow.
My selections for this year’s South End Art Hop were chosen without knowledge of the artist’s name, lineage or past body of work.


Meet Kathleen:

Kathleen Vance is the director of the Front Room Gallery located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  Founded in 1999 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the gallery’s contemporary art program balances a strength in photography with contemporary painting and installation. Kathleen Vance is a board member of ARTfront, Inc., producing WAGMAG, Brooklyn Art Guide.  Kathleen was a long time member and officer of the Williamsburg Gallery Association., and a former officer and board member of the Sculptor’s Guild.  Kathleen has curated exhibitions internationally, has been the invited guest juror/critic for ASMP (Association of Media Photographers, NY), curated and organized commissioned artworks for he Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Kathleen Vance is a practicing artist, herself. Her work was recently featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, the Bruce Museum, VOLTA New York, Orlando Museum of Art, EXPO Chicago and the Weatherspoon Art Museum.  This Spring Kathleen’s commissioned work, “Brandywine River” Installation will be on view at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

From Klein Artist Works Interview:

“The thing that really bothers me about the art world in a greater sense is that it seems like a very class-oriented situation. People seem to think you have to have a lot of money to be a collector and you have to be in a certain class to collect work. And I think it’s the wrong way to approach it…. Everyone should be collecting work. Artists should be collecting work. Everyone should have that opportunity.”