"TWO WRITERS OFF THE PAGE": BY ARTISTS GAIL HOSKING & MARIA LAUENSTEIN
GAIL HOSKING ARTIST STATEMENT: ““The soul thinks in images,” Aristotle said. Which is why, no doubt, the collage art form drew me in during a life crisis. Like the imaginative texts of dreams, these collages started from the inside without a conscious plan and then piece by piece, lead to alchemy with its surprise meanings. The energy of dislocation and the meditative improvisation took on a jigsaw puzzle quality until something complete unfolded. This art process celebrated the connective resourcefulness of the human mind, and eventually brought me back to myself.
SHORT BIO: Gail Hosking is writer, author and teacher living in Rochester, NY. Her writing has been anthologized and published in many literary journals. She is the author of the memoir Snake’s Daughter: The Roads in and out of War, as well as the poetry chapbook The Tug. She was a finalist for the Center for Book Arts Chapbook contest, a finalist for Iowa Review’s creative non-fiction contest and a semi-finalist for “Discover the Nation” poetry prize. Two of her essays were considered “most notable” in Best American Essays of 2015 and 2016. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and taught at RIT for fifteen years. She loves to quilt, hike, and “make things.”
MARIA LAUENSTEIN ARTIST STATEMENT: I am interested in spirits—meaning the fears, joys, vulnerabilities and pride that pass through animals and humans. I am curious what these spirits look like: their essential gestures and stances, their colors, patterns and shapes.
My art is not intellectual. It comes from turning off the thinking part of the brain, so that what flutters up in the branches or lurks in the corners of our human hearts can find its physical form.
There is something magical about the hard hollowness of paper mache: the fact that something like outdated newspaper—flat , two-dimensional and full of words—can be transformed into something hard and full of feeling.
Sometimes the figures paint themselves. Other times I have to paint them many times before the colors and patterns come right. Once that happens, once they find their simple essence, they seem to spring to life. That’s when I know that they are done.
Some ponder. Others fly. Still others wait for people to pass before they begin to speak.
"VISIONS OF PLACE" BY PHOTOGRAPHER LUANN PERO
ARTIST STATEMENT: Each time I pick up my camera, I embark on a journey. I try to capture the essence of a moment: the symphony of line, subtle color and reflections of light present in the daily beauty that surrounds us. Unpredictable and spontaneous happy accidents occur at the intersection of the literal and the figurative.
The literal and figurative merged for me when I visited an old nursery. A grove of aged white birch trees stood in the haze of the 90 degree summer afternoon. To the left was a meadow with a back-lit stand of pine trees….the view was breathtaking! This sultry afternoon influenced a series of impressionistic photographs.
Chef Massimo Bottura said that, “You have to be ready to see things that others don’t even imagine. Make the Visible the Invisible.” Photography allows me the opportunity to explore other aspects of the subject matter before me.
Composing and focusing on an image while looking through the lens of the camera, hearing the click of the shutter, and later discovering the magic that the image holds, all adds to the fascination of taking pictures. The use of software packages such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Nik and Topaz has given me the opportunity to stretch my creativity even further.
In retirement, photography has been an extension of my graphic arts background, printmaking, and other artistic endeavors. My work has been featured at the Image City Photography Gallery, the Lower Link Gallery, the Baptist Temple, Barnes & Noble, the Williams Gallery, the Bausch & Lomb Gallery, Gallery 96, the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont, the Starry Nights Café, and also hangs on the walls of collectors and other supporters.
Capturing the emotional moment and beauty of a scene is my voice and my joy. Richard Murai says it well, when he stated in Black & White magazine, April 2017, that
“Art-making is basically an extension of one’s soul and spirit; of what one perceives and holds dear.”
‘The Three Birch Trees,’ along with many of the other impressionistic white birch images, was taken at Judd’s Stonehouse Nursery in Bluff Point NY. Other images were taken at Durand Eastman Park, Letchworth State Park, Montezuma Wild Life Refuge, Lake Road Webster, NY, Naples, NY, Peters Island, Ontario Canada, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. in TN.