St. Petersburg, FL – The Leslie Curran Gallery @ ARTicles proudly presents the exhibition BLUNT FORCE: Terry Brett & Sallie Hackett Brown in conjunction with St Pete’s 2nd Saturday ArtWalk on Saturday, October 8th, 6-9pm.
Sallie Hackett Brown’s sculptures called “Reconstructions” transform found objects into striking visual representations of her challenging observations on familial and societal issues. Terry Brett’s large black and white compositions have the immediacy and power of action paintings that express more emotion than pointed narrative.
Both artists have impacted our cultural community in very unique ways, and their works in this exhibition represent significant bodies of work recently completed and shown for the first time. We hope you will help us celebrate their remarkable accomplishments.
BLUNT FORCE opens on the evening of October 8th, 6-9 pm and continues through November 5th, 2016. For more information and additional high resolution images, contact the gallery at 727-898-6061.
Sallie Hackett Brown is a founding member of the Artist Enclave of Historic Kenwood, a former board member of the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association, and an active organizer of its special events. You may have been introduced to her work on one of many studio and home tours, or perhaps you were lucky to get a grand tour of her craftsman bungalow full of art from around the world, photographs of the artist as a strikingly beautiful couture model in the late 1960s, and sculptures spanning her entire career.
Hackett Brown’s surfaces reveal the depth of past use, but the artist subtly effects the found objects that make up her work so that they become a singular piece, as if they were always meant to be in this state. Sharp metal objects with ambiguous original purposes are combined with blunt wooden forms, often industrial molds, to create objects full of possible narrative, sometimes suggesting a sinister or critical intent. The final result looks effortless in its sophistication, but this is misleading, as the artist’s process and attention to detail are painstaking.
Sallie Hackett Brown studied art and art education at SUNY Buffalo, The New School for Social Research, the Creative Arts Workshop, The Guilford Handcrafts Center, and the Fashion Institute of Technology in NY. She has exhibited her work extensively over the past 40 years, particularly in her native Connecticut as a young adult. Sallie worked for Save the Children, Aid to Artisans, and the United Nations High Command for Refugees and later managed Weiss-Pollack Gallery in Connecticut and New York. The artist moved to St. Petersburg over a decade ago and continues to advocate for the Historic Kenwood “Neighborhood of the Arts.”
In the unlikely event that you haven’t formally met Terry Brett, his name still might sound familiar. A native of St. Petersburg, a graduate of Eckerd College, and the owner of Brett Funeral Home, Terry and his family are certainly an important part of the fabric of this city. He has spent many years as a civic leader and served as a trustee of St. Petersburg College and chairman of the board of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, the Morean Arts Center/Chihuly Collection, and Leadership St. Pete.
Brett comes from a family of artists. Both his grandmother Ruth Willbrand and mother Gail Willbrand Brett were accomplished painters, and Terry studied with Melissa Christiano and Luis de la Lama. His earlier work, which was exhibited by Leslie Curran in 2011, focused on impressionistic urban cityscapes. Terry’s more recent large abstract paintings are influenced by Franz Kline, Willem deKooning, and Mark Rothko. His large black and white compositions, which have a remarkable immediacy and power, feel simultaneously ultra modern and timeless.
Brett has exhibited extensively in the Tampa Bay Area including Artists’ Gallery Royale, Duncan McClellan Studio, Interior Motives Gallery, Lea Newman Designs, Morean Arts Center and The Mahaffey Theatre. He is currently represented by ARTicles Art Gallery and the Red Herring Gallery, Tampa. His work is in numerous corporate and private collections.
Print-ready images attached – Image info:
Terry Brett, Untitled from the Black & White series, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36″, 2016
Sallie Hackett Brown, Circling My Spiral, mixed media with wood and metal, 6 x 6 x 24″, 2016
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