2010-08-27 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

‘The Art of Arthur Skowron’ This Weekend
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

“Untitled,” 2009, photograph by Arthur Skowron, whose solo exhibit is at sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort Tilden this weekend. “Untitled,” 2009, photograph by Arthur Skowron, whose solo exhibit is at sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort Tilden this weekend. “The Art of Arthur Skowron” is the third and last of the August weekend solo exhibits to light up RAA’s sTudio 7 Gallery.

It showcases the many talents of the Polish-born American artist who makes his home in Rockaway.

On view Saturday, August 28, 12-8 p.m. and Sunday, August 29, 12-5 p.m., the ex-hibit will feature a reception on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. that will include a barbecue, poetry reading/booksigning and live music, much from Skowron himself, and from guest performers.

I have a feeling that Skowron’s musical talents may be on display at times during the exhibit other than the reception.

There will also be a raffle for one of Skowron’s artworks.

The artist says of himself that he is constantly in pursuit of his vision; that he is always looking ahead, trying new things; reinventing himself. “The Art of Arthur Skowron” reflects that ceaseless journey.

Skowron will be displaying his paintings, which include paintings of fish (he is an avid fisherman), landscapes, seascapes, nudes, still lifes, portraits; prints that include etchings, woodcuts, linocuts and silk screen; black and white photographs; and ceramics. “This will be a retrospective of the last 10 years of my work,” says the artist.

Skowron has published a book of poems, prose, song lyrics, photographs and paintings titled “Arthur Skowron: Words and Pictures.” He will read from that book.

I had the opportunity to preview some of the work before it was actually mounted on the walls of sTudio 7. Visual art and music are never far apart in Skowron’s artwork.

In a series of photographed nudes, Skowron has posed his model poetically, sensually draped across a piano, a single hand gracefully fanned out in an octave spread.

The nude and the piano are one – neither begins nor ends, but both are fused in a single expression.

The nude is restated in a reflected image in the lid of the piano.

For many of his photographic images, Skowron uses the technique of solarization (used by Man Ray and others).

The result is a print that has a bit of the negative and a bit of the positive, the artist explains. He can work with different tonalities and moods, and no two images are the same. The man who never likes to stand in one place is constantly experimenting with the possibilities of this and other techniques like double exposure and ghost images to see what they will do. Skowron does his own photographic printing. Pursuing an image in different ways they often become abstracted as shapes not things.

Many of Skowron’s photographs were taken in Fort Tilden, including snow scenes and the beautiful, decaying yet proud abandoned buildings of the back fort. Clearly Skowron has a special connection to fish; loves the idea of, the reality of ‘fish’ – his paintings of these animals seem so personal and almost respectful, with their built up surface textures of paint.

Some of his paintings are moody, surreal, psychological. In his painting of the Breezy Jetty Skowron interprets the mood of the cold, rough sea in the brushstrokes and textures of the paint. Other seascapes are extensions of the motion of the sea, waves, sky.

Arthur Skowron studied at the High School of Art and Design, graduating as valedictorian of art.

He received an M.A. in art education from Queens College. Skowron has had several solo shows and participated in dozens of group shows.

He holds several art awards.

Deadline for submission for Ink- Splash: An Exhibition of Prints is the end of August. Contact RAA or go to our website for details.

Live music from several diverse musicians and singers is presented on Saturday, August 28 at Connelly’s on Beach 95 Street, starting at 8 p.m. Five dollars at the door.

Donations go to the RAA.

RAA CONTACT INFO:

Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

Fort Tilden Highlights

NEXT EXHIBIT: “The Art of Arthur Skowron,” on view in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden. Sat., Aug. 28, 12-8 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 29, 12-5 p.m. Reception: Sat. 4-8 p.m. Free admission. See column for more.

PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: “Painting With Geoff Rawling”: Tues. 7- 9 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 6. $20 per class, supplies included.

THURS. NIGHT OPEN MIC: Performing artists of all disciplines invited. sTudio 7 stage. Sign-up: 7:45 p.m. Start time: 8 p.m. Join us. Free.

THURS. NIGHT YOGA: Free, on Thurs., 7-8 p.m., in sTudio 7 – Yoga With Mary Lou.

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