IN THE CENTER GALLERY
Ellen Solari: forest primeval
June 1-26, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 2016, 5:30-8:00 pm
Meet the Artists: Joan Baldwin and Ellen Solari will be at Kingston Gallery Saturday, June 18, from 3:00-6:00 pm.
By the Side of the Road, sculptural basket, 18 x 7 x 5 inches, 2014.
Molder, sculptural basket, 36 x 8 x 7 inhches, 2016.
Nested #1, sculptural basket, 9 x 7 x 5 inches, 2015.
strata, sculptural basket, 8 x 3 x 3 inches, 2015.
Summer, sculptural basket, 24 x 10 x 9 inches, 2014.
Prequel to Mourning, sculptural basket, 36 x 7 x 6 inches, 2014.
Degrees of Mourning #2, sculptural basket, 69 x 10 x 9 inches, 2015.
Ellen Solari's solo exhibition, forest primeval, conjures a sense of mystery and at times unease by integrating the functional tradition of basket weaving with the expressive capabilities of sculpture. Now focused on sculptural baskets, Solari has a background in painting. She discovered the world of textiles several years ago after learning how to knit.
Her works combine traditional and found materials, such as rusted wire and old rubber tubing, with rushes and small branches. With traditional techniques such as coiling and simple weaving, Solari works the materials so that the texture, color, and materials inform one other. Many of the sculptures continue to hold functional shapes, but they also bend and reach in ways that hint at multiple interpretations and invite paradox.