Upon approaching the mirror on the wall, you jump a little because it starts to move, two layers of smaller reflective surfaces laid over it agitating against each other. Soo Sunny Park’s “Inflection Drawing” is a series of silver-painted light refractors suspended by springs over a mirror and powered by a motor.
Any movement nearby sets off a reaction that makes the eyes blur.
An exhibit with the words “new art” in the title had better deliver on the cream of the crop of cutting-edge, and the latest at Keene State College Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery does just that.
New Hampshire V opened late last month and runs through Nov. 11.
Park, of Lebanon, is one of seven New Hampshire artists nominated by art professionals statewide with work on display. “Inflection” is a perfect reflection of what she tries to capture in her work, as she wrote in her statement, the spaces that exist in between, whether “light and shadow” or “artifice and nature.”
What all these artists have in common is pushing the boundaries that define art. It’s a treat to be able to get up close to the majority of the show to examine the materials used, as in Portsmouth artist Roger Goldenberg’s large-scale oil-on-canvas assemblages. The pieces are inspired by his love of jazz, which is no surprise. They look like the visual manifestation of the music with eyes closed, colorful and chaotic.
Wooden sculptures created by Leah Woods of Portsmouth are scattered throughout the gallery, some inspired by the curves of a woman’s body that are the blueprint for a dress form. One piece is a woman’s vanity table. In each of her stunning sculptures, she explains in her statement, function is as important as form.
Rollinsford artist Julee Holcombe’s work draws you across the gallery like a beacon because it seems lit from within. She created her prints using a process that exposes a photographic paper with laser light.
Although the process is a topic of conversation, the content of Holcombe’s work is far more complex. She writes in her statement that she’s interested in issues of social and environmental conflict and her style “attempts to reproduce traditions of old art forms that question the fact of photography’s truth-telling ability.”
Her piece “Metropolis” is an example of her photographic collage, a congested, stacked cityscape topped with shiny skyscrapers with a construction zone as its foundation.
The mixed-media-on- paper works of Canterbury artist Carol Gove are another standout in the show, a series of eye-catching abstract expressionist landscapes that incorporate brush strokes and collage.
Her materials include scraps of handwritten letters, vintage sheet music, sewing patterns and other family memorabilia. She leaves behind remnants of these materials in her work, she wrote, so viewers may be reminded of their own memories.
u You can download a brochure that includes examples of artists’ work, their statements and the statements of those who nominated them at www.keene.edu/tsag.