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Tom Yost ThunderheadTom Yost, Thunderhead, 2009, Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 in., Collection of Nan Vanandel

Tom Yost: A Modern Realist
May 15–Sept. 27, 2015

Opening Reception
2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, May 17, 2015
2:30 p.m., Artist Remarks

A provocative grouping of oils displays Yost's masterly and fresh approach to modern day realist landscape painting.

This exhibit of 25 beautifully conceived and executed oil paintings highlights Tom Yost’s work created over the last 15 years. The subjects he chooses are from his beloved Litchfield Hills. Mr. Yost is not new to exhibiting at this Museum. The excellence of his paintings has won him first prize in the Annual Members Exhibition here at the New Britain Museum of American Art in both 2007 and 2009.

Over the years he has followed a tradition of painters from the early 20th century who were drawn by the beauty of the landscape and settled in Northwest Connecticut. Yost moved to Roxbury in 1999 and found the hills and valleys, woodlands and fields natural and ideal subjects for his realistic canvases.

Tom Yost is a nationally known expert in the conservation of fine oil paintings. He has had the luxury of ongoing exposure to the works of the great American and European painters of the late 19th century, including those masters of the Hudson River School. Yost has said, “Seeing and literally touching the paintings of the greatest realist painters, I have been able to closely study the various techniques of paint application. In this respect the very best painters of the 19th century have been my mentors.”

No slave or mimic of technique, Yost has forged his own distinctive style of painting. With great focused strength and sharp edge of paint application executed alongside the subtlest and most gentle gradations of color and light, he creates the atmosphere of his beguiling compositions. The virtuosity of each painting invites the viewer to enter the work and experience a distinct moment in a precise location; the viewer can feel the very temperature and time of the day and perhaps even the breeze blowing over the landscape.

Elizabeth Gage The Eagle PinElizabeth Gage, The Eagle Pin, 1994, Bird - rose cut diamonds, mixed enamel, pearls, sapphires, The Elizabeth Gage Archive Collection

The Enchanting Jewels of Elizabeth Gage
Apr. 24–July 26, 2015

Opening Reception
5:00-7:30 p.m., Friday, Apr. 24
4 p.m. Lecture by Elizabeth Gage
The New Britain Museum of American Art is excited to announce its first ever exhibition to examine contemporary jewelry as an art form.

The exhibition, The Enchanting Jewels of Elizabeth Gage, will showcase approximately 250 pieces of fine jewelry, spanning the 50 years of Elizabeth Gage’s superb craftsmanship and bold design.

Truly an artist who uses jewels and metal instead of paint, she is widely considered as one of today’s most influential jewelry artists and designers. Elizabeth takes her inspiration from a wide range of influences including architecture, animals, art, and nature including a strong inspiration from the English garden.

Her starting point is always the stone or artifact, whether a precious jewel, an exquisite fossil, or a historical treasure. Elizabeth allows the item itself to guide her creativity, using her imagination and skill to bring out its full potential in color and design.

Each item in the exhibition has been hand-picked by Elizabeth Gage and includes works from The Elizabeth Gage Archive Collection as well the private collections of clients from around the world, making this a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see the full range of Elizabeth Gage’s unique creativity and craftsmanship.

This exhibition is supported by the Kathryn Cox Endowment Fund for Special Exhibitions.

karl lund his lasers ripped through tentacle flesh like butterKarl Lund, His Lasers Ripped Through Tentacle Flesh Like Butter, detail, 2014, Acrylic paint and paint marker on Masonite, 48 x 96 in., Collection of the artist

NEW/NOW: Karl Lund
Saturday, Feb. 28–Sunday, May 31, 2015

Opening Reception
2-3:30 pm, Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015
2:30 p.m. Artist Remarks

Lund’s exhibition, Angry Robots Liquefied My Brain, features narrative paintings that depict a world where robots fight giant squids and exterminate countless enemies with powerful laser beams.

Lund’s early career as a stop-motion animator often involved the process of creating unique characters for animated short films. Character design is still a passion that has carried over into his paintings. Each painting features an angry robot involved in a battle. In some works, the viewer can see the enemy they are fighting while in others the action takes place beyond the picture plane and one is left to imagine the charred remains of whatever the robot has annihilated. Lund’s earliest influences for his drawings and animations were comics, science fiction, and fantasy books of the 1970s. It is easy to recognize these influences as well as aspects of animation in his work. These brightly colored, action-packed paintings are charged with energy and appear to almost jump off the page.

Early on, Lund was encouraged to create. His mother, also an artist, would let him into her home studio where he would draw and paint as well as fashion works out of cardboard and random odds and ends. “Most of my work originates out of a spark of an idea that I then roll over in my mind. Once I sketch it on paper or my iPad, it starts to grow and develop,” Lund explains. “My goal is to tell intriguing stories that are visually and thematically dynamic. I want to capture worlds and events that currently only exist in theory or within the possibility of science fiction.”

Catherine Ross still from Laugh TrackA still from Catherine Ross's Laugh Track.

New Media: Catherine Ross: Laugh Track
Saturday, Feb. 14–Sunday, August 15, 2015

Opening Reception
5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 12, 2015
6 p.m. Artist Remarks

New Media artist Catherine Ross frames instances on video that often go unnoticed in their original context. Isolating the movements of humans and/or objects, her videos create new sequences that reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound. In Laugh Track (2013), she recontectualizes film clips of both men and women laughing. The result is a mini overture in which laughter reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humor that echoes our own vulnerabilities.

Catherine Ross's video works have been presented in exhibitions and festivals internationally, including venues in Brazil, Finland, France, Ireland, England, Canada and the United States. She was award” at the 2006 Darklight Festival (Dublin, Ireland).

Beth Lipman, Aspects of (American) Life
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Beth Lipman, Aspects of (American) Life
Wednesday, May 14, 2:30 p.m.

On view now! Beth Lipman's Aspects of (American) Life. The latest addition to the Museum's Appropriation & Inspiration series, this installation relates directly to Thomas Hart Benton's epic murals The Art of Life in America. Borrowing objects depicted in the murals, Lipman creates a monumental three-dimensional still-life sculpture from clear glass as a meditation on the good fortunes of wealth and prosperity as well as the misfortunes that ensue from their abuse.

Soo Sunny Park Concept

Soo Sunny Park
Opening Reception
2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 9, 2014

The Museum is delighted to announce plans to unveil the third site-specific installation for February 2014 to animate the LeWitt Family Staircase where undulating, effervescent abstract forms seemingly float above the staircase landing. The artist, Soo Sunny Park, is known for creating otherworldly, immersive installations that transform their environments into seas of dancing light, reflection and shadow. Her proposal for the LeWitt Family Staircase is no exception.

As the artist explains, “The space will be filled with sinuous, large, sprawling structures on two opposing walls (units composed of weaving of metal grid and clear, iridescent, “edge glowing” Plexi glass), which transmit, reflect, and refract light while the painted dark walls of the gallery are enclosed with images that echo the shadows and reflections of the gleaming sculpture. The images are articulated with charcoal and graphite.” Changing light conditions will reveal different facets of the sculpture, so that during different times of day it will be transformed from translucent and clear to colorful and prismatic. The installation will harness daylight and artificial light as mediums with which to create, blurring the line between the physical drawing and the light drawing.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Soo Sunny Park received her BFA in painting and sculpture from Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio and a MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Park is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant; Grand Prize winner of the 19th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition; The Helen Foster Barnett Prize, National Academy Museum, New York; Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture residency, Skowhegan, Maine; Cité Internationale des Arts studio residency, Paris, France, and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts & Literary Arts Residency, Bellagio, Italy.

Her most recent installations are Capturing Resonance (2011–12), created with composer Spencer Topel for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Unwoven Light (2013) for Rice Gallery in Houston, Texas. Park lives and works in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she is Associate Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College.