Current Exhibition AT THE GALLERY AT STILL RIVER EDITIONS
"Flux and flow: unique techniques and collaborations"
june 9 - September 28, 2018
Opening reception Saturday, June 9, 2 pm - 4 pm
PART OF CONNECTICUT OPEN HOUSE DAY
Over her long career, Washington, Connecticut artist Nancy Lasar has explored multiple kinds of media often combining and re-combining to create hybrid effects and crosspollinations of form.
Paint and print could overlay an original digital composition and monotype grounds, when dried on mylar, could act as negatives for black and white photographs in the darkroom.
In 2009 collaborations with her artist/filmmaker brother, John Davis, in unique abstract photography, prompted them to seek the expert services of Connecticut Photographics and Still River Editions. Thus further collaborations and refinements of their work ensued. The resulting art works are featured in this exhibition opening on Saturday, June 9th to coincide with the State of Connecticut's Open House Day and runs through September 28.
Whether in drawing, painting, or printmaking, the process for me is about layering and energizing space in such a way that objects are fluid, interconnected and full of energy and movement. I try to utilize a variety of lines, marks and media to suggest both stasis and openness to possibility and transformation as well as the passage of time. As I attempt to describe the multiple realities which intermingle in memory, imagination and daily life, images emerge and diverge – reconfiguring in new relationships.
Everything is open and flows back and forth: empty and full, defined by its opposite – fleeting yet tangible – air and space dissecting from and formless in an effort to capture the unity and delight of life experienced, remembered, longed for.
About the Artist
Critics have described Nancy Lasar’s work with such phrases as “drawing with light," condensed energy and flow," “calm and crazy,” and “organized chaos." For many decades, she has worked with images observed from nature using a variety of drawing, painting, printmaking and photographic processes. Nancy Lasar’s work is included in many public and private collections including The Pfizer Corp, Aetna Life and Casualty, The General Mills Corp, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, The Mattatuck Museum, The New Haven Paint and Clay Club, The Whitney Center in Hamden, CT, NW Community College, C & J Goodfriend Drawings and Prints, The Connecticut Collection, University of Connecticut Health Center and the Karsdale Food Collection. Her paintings and prints have found their way into homes, offices and hotels across the US and in China.
Nancy Lasar has exhibited her award-winning images widely throughout New York, New England and around the US in art galleries, at Art and Print Fairs and in educational institutions. In 2014, her prints were exhibited at the Gallery Ami-Kanoko, Osaka, Japan through VanDeb Editions in New York and in Sweden in 2011 at the Konsthallen, Sandviken in an exhibition curated by Curator Jill Conner for A.I.R. Gallery, NY.
Nancy Lasar’s work is currently represented as an Alumnae Artist by A.I.R. Gallery, Dumbo, Brooklyn, N.Y., VanDeb Editions, NY, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT. She is an artist member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan and the Washington Connecticut Art Association where she recently curated an exhibition “Off On A Tangent: Unique Techniques in Print On and Off the Wall (Oct. 2014.)
The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury has awarded Nancy Lasar two one-person exhibitions of her paintings and drawings, in 1978 and 1983. In 1982 and in 2000, Nancy Lasar was the recipient of Individual Artist Fellowships from the then Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Since 2000, Lasar has had two solo exhibitions of her recent work at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn as well as at The New Arts Gallery, Litchfield, CT, The Silvermine Guild, New Canaan, CT, LaMotta Fine Art, West Hartford, VanDeb Editions, NY, and the former Southport Harbor Gallery.
She was featured twice in two person exhibitions at Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport and also at the Washington (CT) Art Association, Gallery 19 in Essex, and A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Group exhibitions in museums and galleries in Connecticut include The 1989 Connecticut Biennial at the Bruce Museum, the Lyman Allen Museum, the New Britain Museum, the Cummings Art Center at Connecticut College in 1978, The Southern New England Art Invitational at Fairfield University and "Botanical Dreams and Nightmares" curated by Cynthia Roznoy at Sacred Heart University in 2010.
In New York City her work has been exhibited at the Print Club of New York, three “New Prints” exhibitions at the International Print Center, The 183rd Invitational of Contemporary American Art at the National Academy, as well as at “Flo Miami”, and the Boston, D.C. and Cleveland Print Fairs, and most recently in March 2016 at Art On Paper in NY. Currently her prints are featured in New York at Site:Brooklyn’s The Yard Bryant Park on Fifth Ave. at 43rd St through June of 2018.
ABOUT THE GALLERY AT STILL RIVER EDITIONS
The Gallery at Still River Editions has hosted national and regional photographers and artists since 1989. In spring 2011, after a brief hiatus from exhibiting new work, the gallery returned to hosting shows on a quarterly basis. The Gallery's mission is to show traditional and digital prints of photographs and fine artwork, and to be a center of creativity and connection in the Danbury area.
The Gallery at Still River Editions is open during normal business hours 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday, and during posted hours for special events. The Gallery does not accept unsolicited submissions at this time.