MARGARETVILLE — Opening this week at Margaretville’s Longyear Gallery are two featured artists’ solo shows, Anthony Margiotta’s “TANGENT ART/ Controlled Hallucinations” and Tom Rapin’s “Tom Rapin: Recent Works.” Displayed in separate spaces of the gallery.
These two exhibitions will be accompanied by a group show of all Longyear Gallery member artists in the gallery’s two other areas and will run from Friday, May 13th through Sunday, June 5th, with the Artists’ Reception held at Longyear Gallery on Saturday, May 14 from 3-6 p.m.
“TANGENT ART/Controlled Hallucinations,” the artist’s second solo show at Longyear Gallary, features the art of Anthony Margiotta of Halcott Center focusing on work created over many years but never before shown at the Longyear Gallery. The exhibition includes “In Pursuit of the Moon,” thirteen paintings which tell a figurative story of longing, possession, and relinquishing of the moon.
According to the artist, “While I was working on this series this fantasy took complete possession of me for more than a year.” Three other works, “Prospect Park,” “Teddy,” and “Web Design,” illustrate the use of lines and squares, a hallmark of Margiotta’s technique.
In discussing his new exhibition, Margiotta notes: “The feminine form has always fascinated me, and much of my work plays with the mutability of feminized representations. At one point, I asked my wife for one gaudy earrings, which eventually lead me to a portrait of my mother.” Though Margiotta “continuously tries to represent space” in his paintings, he feels that, “by its very nature, sculpture lends itself to that better” and that his woodcarvings, also on display in this exhibition, are his greatest achievement.
Born in Saugerties, New York in 1947, self-taught artist Anthony Margiotta draws inspiration from his surroundings—the dense forests of his home in the Catskill Mountains, the urban landscapes of New York City—and the fantastical formations of his mind. After college in Maine and upstate New York, he served in the United States Military and finally settled in Westchester.
Since retiring in 2005 and moving with his wife to Halcott Center, Margiotta has displayed his work in solo and group exhibitions at the Zoom Gallery; The Arts Upstairs, Phoenicia; the Woodstock Artist Association and Museum; The Commons Gallery, Margaretville; Oreo 9, Woodstock; New World Gallery; and Longyear Gallery, Margaretville. He has also been an annual participant in the local AMR Open Studio Tour since 2014.
“Tom Rapin: Recent Works,” the new exhibition by featured artist Tom Rapin of Margaretville, consists of 30 small recent paintings derived from a series of thumbnail drawings. Many of the works are permutations and contemplations of these thumbnails.
Although the drawings are composed mainly of line and shape, many of the small paintings contort these compositions with the use of color, texture, and form. In one series of four parts, Rapin explains how “the drawings inspire works that extend outward into three- dimensions. The paintings entitled ‘O,’ ‘Clifford,’ ‘Shelf Life,’ and ‘Waterfall’ break up the visual plane and become sculptural,” recalling an ongoing theme reminiscent of Rapin’s prior exhibits. Aside from few exceptions, however, the entirety of the show includes two-dimensional painting such as another colorful series of three pairs that illustrates “how important color is as a tool to manipulate composition.” In these works, Rapin appears to dabble with comparative shapes changing color. Other dynamics Rapin addresses are the connection between texture and shape as well as texture and color and their influence on the painting’s composition.
Tom Rapin received his MFA from the Milton Avery School, Bard College, Annandale-on Hudson. Now retired from teaching art at the Margaretville Central High School, for the past 40 years Rapin has exhibited in solo and group shows in regional and state exhibits throughout the Eastern US.
Longyear Gallery Exhibition “TANGENT ART/ Controlled Hallucinations” and “Tom Rapin: Recent Works” will be on view Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays each weekend from 11 p.m.-4 p.m. The sale of some of Anthony Margiotta’s small works will be for the benefit of the Longyear Gallery, and these funds will be allocated to a program to encourage local students in their pursuit of art.
Longyear Gallery is located Downstairs in The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. For information visit: longyeargallery .org, or call 845 586-3270 during gallery hours.