The next exhibition of the Houghton House Gallery will feature local artists Cherry Rahn and Warren Lamboy. Their work titled “Suits” and “Recent Paintings,” respectively, will be on display from Nov. 3 through Dec. 8.
Geneva-based sculptor Rahn will exhibit work from the “Suits” series. These small works in bronze or polychrome Hydrocal (a gypsum cement) feature men in suits. The allegorical businessmen in bronze illustrate the suit as an icon of power and authority.
The figures’ bare feet and unusual positions turn them into “Everyman” images that tell a story about aspects of human existence, while the polychrome Hydrocal figures resemble ancient Egyptian shabti figurines or three-dimensional political cartoons. Also on display will be two works created in memory of 9/11 “Searcher” and “Survivor”.
Rahn first exhibited at Houghton House in 1989. Her work can be seen locally on the Commons in Ithaca and at the Ludovico Sculpture Trail in Seneca Falls. To learn more about her work, visit her Web site at www.cherryrahn.com.
Lamboy is a self-taught artist who has been painting since 1970. His first works were done in a naïve surrealist style but by 1976 he switched to an abstract, non-representational style in which he continues to work today. He paints in oil, acrylic and enamel on canvas, board and paper.
“If you want to know what my paintings have to say you must look at them intently, thoroughly and patiently.” Lamboy said. “It is only then that you will know if they have something of value to say to you. Painting is my sanctuary, in the sense both of its being a consecrated place and a place of refuge and protection. When I am painting, I am in a safe and sacred spot; experiencing a respite from the world of competition and materialism.”
An opening reception for the work of Lamboy and Rahn will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3. The gallery will display the current exhibition, figure-drawings by Jens Plum, until Tuesday, Oct. 31.
The Houghton House Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays; for details, call (315)781-3487. The event is sponsored by the HWS Art Department.