Tonight: two events with Amy Wilson and Elektra KB at Allegra LaViola Gallery

A view of the exhibition announcement on the Allegra LaViola website (click to visit)

A view of the exhibition announcement on the Allegra LaViola website (click to visit)


This evening (Wednesday, June 5th), Allegra LaViola Gallery in Manhattan will host the opening reception for the group exhibition The Lonely Sea and The Sky, which includes several works by VCS faculty member Amy Wilson. Here’s some information about the show from the gallery’s press release:

Allegra LaViola Gallery is pleased to present The Lonely Sea and The Sky, a group exhibition of paintings and works on paper. The opening will be Wednesday, June 5th from 6-8PM and the exhibition is on view until June 22nd.

The title of the exhibition derives from the poem “Sea Fever” by English poet John Masefield and explores the idea of the sea as a release from the usual ties and bonds of life.

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

Whether explicitly, as in Roy Fowler’s powerfully light watercolor waves, or more obscurely, the sea and the sky offer inspiration and escape for artists of all ilks. Fowler’s works have the elegance of Japanese woodcuts with the excitement of a Hawaiian vacation, leaving us refreshed and exhilarated. The chaos and magnitude of the oceans and skies become clear in Vadis Turner’s looping fabric storms. This same might is depicted in the turbid waters of Sandi Slone’s layered blues, submerging us both in color and action. Like Slone, Shane McAdams takes one image from beneath the waves, we are immersed in water and looking up to the dazzling sky above. McAdams’ second work addresses the effects of light on water–his seascape is transformed by the color of the sky so that it seems that the whole world is illuminated from within. Robin Hubbard’s vibrant pastels examine the landscape both from afar and near–the dappled light of the water dissolves into myriad colors and points. Amy Wilson’s narrative drawings take us on a journey with the artist as she studies the effects of water on her mind and body. Her deceptively child-like images belie a pensive inquiry into what the water holds within its depths and what that means to us. Similarly focused on the human experience of the beach, Sarah Kurz’s depictions of resort life present a tranquil vision of a Riviera entirely devoid of people and populated by only the paraphernalia of vacations.

The ocean remains a mysterious and compelling subject for artists–as Herman Melville wrote in Moby Dick : “…we ourselves sea in all rivers and oceans. It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.”

You can see images of the works in The Lonely Sea and The Sky at this link.

In addition, at 7 p.m. tonight the gallery will host the performance Catalytic Confessional Noise Ceremony by the duo Madame Lamort, which consists of VCS alumna Elektra KB and musician and artist Nicolas Ulloa. The event invitation (see below) provides the following description:

Madame Lamort is a duo pontificalis organism of the Theocratic Republic of Gaia.

This will be an interactive noise performance in which the congregation (audience) that enter the Theocratic Republic of Gaia’s Catalytic Confessional Noise Ceremony will confess anything they wish to the White Papess. Her holy mother, will use sound as a catalyst to erase all guilt and sins, thus liberating the Trogian congregation. With the audience’s participation a live sound piece will be created together with the artist.

Catalytic Confessional Noise Ceremony

The performance coincides with Elektra’s solo show The Cathara Insurgent Women vs The Theocratic Republic Gaia Beings, which is also on display in the project space at Allegra LaViola through June 22nd. (There will also be an additional performance on Saturday, June 15th. For more information, visit the exhibition’s Facebook page.)

Allegra LaViola Gallery is located in New York’s Lower East Side at 179 East Broadway. Gallery hours are 12 to 6 pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 1 to 6 pm on Sundays. For more information and directions, please visit the contact page on the Allegra LaViola website, or contact the gallery by phone at 917-463-3901 or e-mail at

Update, 6/6/2013 – Here are some photos that Amy took at last night’s reception:

A view of the gallery entrance.

The gallery entrance.


A view into the gallery from the front of the space. Amy's work is visible at the far end of the wall on the left.

A view into the space from the entryway. Some of Amy’s work is visible on the left wall.


The installation of Amy's works; there are four paintings and one artist's book (on the pedestal to the right).

The installation of Amy’s works; there are four paintings and one artist’s book, all of which you can see at this link (scroll down).


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