Watching the Perspectives

Diversity abounds this month at the Forbes Library’s Hosmer Gallery in Northampton, which features the work of three distinctly different artists.

Carand Burnett’s miniature cityscapes have both a sterile quality (they’re enclosed in glass domes or cases) and an organic feel, being largely composed of naturally occurring objects like shells and hand-cut wood. The soft colors she adds give warmth to otherwise rigid, line-dominated silhouettes, and each creation is an attempt to visually translate a poem, by writers such as Guillaume Apollinaire and Blaise Cendrars.

Marty Klein works in a medium he calls “scanography,” wherein he scans images of things like plants and locally grown vegetables, then manipulates them to emphasize, dramatically, notable natural aspects such as color, shape or pattern. His pieces have a quality that recalls Cibachrome prints in their color brilliance and high-resolution clarity, and the subjects he chooses are thus brought to nearly animate life—quite an achievement for a vegetable.

Kate Marion Lapierre’s more subtle, washed-out fields of color and texture are almost purely emotional by contrast; sensations such as comfort or even attraction exude from her acrylic and water-based oil paintings. The work she produces isn’t exactly raw, but it is pure—smooth and finished but also singular, essential. It’s hardly surprising to discover, then, that Lapierre’s background includes work as an art therapist in addition to years of experience as a commercial illustrator.

Work by all three artists is on display through the month of March at Northampton’s Forbes Library.

Opening reception: March 17, 2-4 p.m., through March 30, Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton, (413) 587-1011 ext. 4529,

Author: Tom Sturm

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