The Artists’ Studio: Jan. 31, 2013

The Artists’ Studio: Jan. 31, 2013


Cleansing and Purging in Paint

“Mudita” refers to the Buddhist concept of unselfish joy, finding joy in the happiness and success of others. On the other end, beyond jealousy is “schadenfreude,” finding joy in others’ misfortune. It is these opposing principals that inspired painter Michael Lambert’s most recent works. Select canvases are on display this month at Nada & Co. on Wyoming Avenue in Scranton. An opening reception for un(conditional) works will be held Feb. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. in conjunction with First Friday Scranton.

Michael Lambert. little equivocal 1, 12×25.5 inches. 2013

“The formal elements as a finished painting, to me, reflect different direct experiences I have in any and every kind of relationship,” the artist offered in regard to the work. “Equally, I work to internalize collective values of a people and in general how they treat each other. This spans from simple things like how we treat strangers we pass on the street to what we see on the news and hear about how we act towards one another universally. It then becomes part of a process of catharsis­— so I don’t hold on to it and let it become part of who I am — whether good or bad.”
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Artist Krista Svalbonas

Spatial Excavation

A native of Bethlehem, Krista Svalbonas, started out working in photography and design. By the time she finished her Masters program, she had delved into media from resin, rubber dirt, and encaustic paints.
“I was definitely an alchemist in my education, there wasn’t a medium that I didn’t want to know about and try and I desperately wanted to connect them all. What got me hooked on wax was its wonderful ability to mutate, it can be sculpted, drawn on, carved away, and best of all it plays very well with other media…” she offered in an interview with blogger Lynette Haggard in November.
Recent works will be displayed at Scranton’s AfA Gallery this month in an exhibit titled “Towards a Phenomenology of Space.” In depicting the urban landscape, Svalbonas sees a place “hard and opaque with spaces that are ill-defined, neither deep nor wide” offering “a psychological sense of control and homogeny,” AfA offers.
“By painting the infrastructure of humanity I find the areas where we become aware of our own space in the world. My work is built up layers of thin colored paper, wax and pastel, one layer often obscuring or concealing another. Color, composition, and mark-making are the main organizational concerns of my work. Each piece begins in a very controlled fashion, meticulously combining layers of wax, paper and pastel, a process that could liken itself to the continual excavation and renovation of the urban landscape,” the gallery quoted in promotion of the show.
Charles McGill’s “Artifacts From the Former Black Militant Golf and Country Club” will be exhibited on AfA’s second floor. Both exhibits open Feb. 1 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. and will remain on display through Feb. 23. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Call 969-1040 for more information or visit


Crucial Current

Paradoxically viewed as a source of life as well as an “instrument of death and destruction,” water is so elemental we tend to forget our dependence on it.
Organized by Sharon L. Kennedy, Curator of Cultural and Civic Engagement at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Sheldon Museum of Art, and made available by the Mid-America Arts Alliance’s ExhibitsUSA program, a water-inspired exhibit titled Flow opened Tuesday at The Sordoni Art Gallery.
“(Water) holds fascination for us as a natural wonder, recreational resource, and ecological concern. As a symbol, it is associated with sustenance, tranquility, purity, power, movement, and continuity,” a release for the exhibit offers.

Neil Welliver. Cedar Pond, 1976. Watercolor, 21 7/16 x 28 7/8 inches.

Flow features 29 works drawn from the Sheldon’s collection, among them oil paintings, watercolors, photographs and prints in styles from abstract to traditional landscape. Artists represented include William Theophilus Brown, Harry Callahan, Joel Meyerowitz, Robert Morris, Wayne Thiebaud, and Neil Welliver. “Flow reminds viewers what fascinating phenomenon water is, in both physical and symbolic senses,” the release suggests.
The gallery is located in the Stark Learning Center at 150 South River Street on the Wilkes University campus. Hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Call 408-4325 for more information.

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