GOOD VIBRATIONS: Richard Seidel & Alison Sigethy
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 13th, 2016
The Leslie Curran Gallery @ ARTicles
1431 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, FL – The Leslie Curran Gallery @ ARTicles proudly presents the exhibition GOOD VIBRATIONS: Richard Seidel & Alison Sigethy in conjunction with St Pete’s 2nd Saturday ArtWalk on Saturday, August 13th, 6-9pm.
The exhibition pairs Richard Seidel’s lively figurative paintings inspired by coastal trips and artist residencies in Venice and Madrid with Alison Sigethy’s innovative kinetic glass sculptures, Sea Cores, which combine water, light, bubbles and glass to reflect the dazzling visual array of deep sea environments.
Extensive travel, particularly in idyllic artist residencies, has afforded Richard Seidel the opportunity to paint in some of the most luxurious destinations in the world. His compositions of people at leisure, mostly frolicking on the beach or gathering in familiar tourist spots, exude an optimistic spirit.
Seidel’s gestural scenes, in the spirit of early 20th century French painter Raoul Dufy, remind us of our own travel memories, yet the figures and details have qualities that suggest a more romantic time. Subtle details like striped swimming attire and festooned hats hint at 19th century paintings of the leisure class, on location in some of the most fashionable places in Europe.
Alison Sigethy’s sculptures appears simultaneously natural and other-worldly. These cylindrical shaped sculptures are inspired by coral reef core-drilling, which scientists utilize to extract geological samples in the study of the diverse ecology and geology of a coral reef ecosystem. As her artistic tribute to the beauty and mystery of the sea, she incorporates varied textures and subtleties of glass thoughtfully stacked with a sensitivity to natural organic arrangement.
Incorporating light and movement into the piece creates a multi-dimensional experience, immersing the surrounding environment with a relaxing glow and the sound of effervescence. The artist explains, “I like things that move. I have always been fascinated by the patterns, rhythms, and randomness of motion, so, I use movement — both physical and optical — to animate my work. I’m not simply trying to catch the viewer’s attention, but their imagination, as well.”
Richard Seidel’s paintings have been exhibited extensively in St Petersburg and Tampa, as well as Miami and Los Angeles, and the artist is represented by galleries in Sarasota, FL and Columbus, OH. He was honored with an Award of Distinction from the Morean Arts Center and completed the prestigious Creative Capital Foundation Program, NY in 2013. Artist residencies include El Enclave Academia de Arte in Madrid in 2015 and Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice in 2016. The artist is awaiting the announcement of an upcoming residency at Château de La Napoule in France next year.
Alison Sigethy received bachelor’s degrees in Art History and Interior Design from Marymount University in Virginia. She is on the faculty at the Washington Arts Glass School, and is a Resident Artist at the acclaimed Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. Alison has exhibited her work nationally, and her sculptures have appeared in numerous publications, including the USA Today, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and American Craft Magazine.
GOOD VIBRATIONS opens on the evening of August 13th, 6-9 pm and continues through September 3rd, 2016. For more information and high resolution images, contact the gallery at 727-898-6061.
1. Richard Seidel, SUMMER DAY AT THE BEACH, Acrylic on Canvas, 40″ x 40″, 2016 (photo courtesy of the gallery)
2. Alison Sigethy, San Diego Sea Core, 30″ x 10″ x 10″, mixed media with recycled glass, water, and lamp, 2015 (photo courtesy of the artist)
3. Alison Sigethy, San Diego Sea Core (detail), 30″ x 10″ x 10″, mixed media with recycled glass, water, and lamp, 2015 (photo courtesy of the artist)