By: Dominique Mills, Seraphin Gallery Intern
This is the last week for Nocturnes, our current exhibit featuring selected works by Natalie Alper, Laura Sallade, Don Miller, Casey Matthews, Howard Silberthau, and Louise Nevelson. Each piece interweaves themes of reflection, contrasting light and discordant rhythm.
Laura Sallade’s Urban Stacks explore monochromatic light through the competing elements of both fluid and solid form; house paint and steel. Howard Silberthau’s works also play on the same contrast shown within those by Sallade, but explores ideas more personal. The chalkboard-like scrawls of Howard’s paintings are reminiscent of childhood classrooms. Natalie Alper’s energy fields are explorations into the physical representations of animated humanity. The chaotic use of line speaks to life’s unpredictable fluctuations and unbalanced calm. This contrast of elements reoccurs in Don Miller’s works which walk the line of craftsmanship and fine art. Casey Matthews’ minimalist black oil paintings on linen invite you to their encompassing surfaces. Louise Nevelson’s transcriptions on paper continue the emphasis of light and pattern prevalent throughout Nocturnes.
Natalie Alper lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. Her works are part of the collections of the Smithsonian, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, and others. Casey Matthews is currently attending the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Don Miller is affiliated with the International Sculpture Center, and is a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Louise Nevelson is a renowned sculptor from the 1950’s who moved from Russia to study at the New York Art Students League. To this day, she is still considered to be one of the most innovative sculptors in American history. Laura Sallade earned a Certificate of Sculpture from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and has had works featured in the PAFA Museum and the Woodmere Art Museum. Howard Silberthau, while self taught, has primary studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the New York Art Students League. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions in both Boston and New York.