The works of two New York artists will be at the Earlville Opera House starting Saturday. Robert Morgan is from Petersburgh and Robbii Wessen is from Fresh Meadows in Queens.
Morgan’s large watercolor paintings use collage techniques to create various visual planes. The result is an enlarged image and moody atmosphere that create an eerie, disquieting transcendence, drawing the viewer into an inner world of emotional and sensual conflict, presenters said in a media release. With dense watercolor pigment, textured treatment of the surfaces, and offbeat compositional schemes, Morgan stretches the watercolor medium — as well as the viewer’s imagination — with respect to content, technique and scale.
Born in Pittsfield, Mass., Morgan’s early interest in art was fueled by the traditions of the Berkshires and Hudson Valley. He has lived in Buenos Aires, London and San Francisco, but recently returned to the Taconic Mountains of Petersburgh. After exhibiting in numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries on both U.S. coasts, he was featured in a major retrospective at the Borges Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was also honored with a prestigious MacDowell Colony Fellowship.
For years, Wessen has been collecting stray bits and interesting pieces that just lived with him, with no particular purpose. He has now begun to give them a home, and he calls them “Foundlings.” “With artificial mechanisms, parts of unknown objects and natural elements, they speak of some unknown purpose or history, each with its own kind of suggestive dialog,” Wessen said in a media release. Found objects are arranged in a formal style following in the tradition of such artists as Joseph Cornell and Louise Nevelson.
Wessen has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Parsons School of Design, and is now represented by the Gallery Orange in New Orleans. His work has won several National Art League awards, and he has exhibited throughout New York as well as in Maryland and Louisiana.
A reception for the artists with light refreshments will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. These two exhibits and the “Kim Simmonds on Canvas” exhibit will run through Sept. 21. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (315) 691-3550 or visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is at 18 E. Main St. in Earlville.