Sidetracks Art Gallery is happy to welcome four new Gallery Resident Artists in an exhibit simply entitled “Introducing…” – sculptor and painter Gary Bykowsky of Roebling, New Jersey; painter Tai Lin of Linden, New Jersey; multi-media wizard Lee Musselman of Hudson, New York; and sculptor Larry Wood of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania. The Opening Reception will be Saturday evening, April 13, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, with the exhibition continuing through May 19, 2013.
Gary Bykowsky of Roebling, New Jersey, surprises and delights the eye with his mastery of many media – painting in oil and acrylic; drawing in charcoal; plus wrestling with a wide range of sculptural styles in bronze, terra cotta and cast aluminum. All give evidence of his command of moods from the sensual to the romantic to the comic.
A brawny worker for New Jersey Bell, Gary’s power and technical expertise informs and strengthens his art. His personal and successful challenge while working full-time was to complete a Bachelor of Art degree in fine art from Thomas Edison State College. His artwork since has been featured in many New Jersey venues, and he has participated in Sidetracks’ Naked in New Hope annual show for the past three years. Gary’s recipe for an artist: “hard work and dedication.”
In 2000, painter Tai Lin changed his world from Taipei, Taiwan to Linden, New Jersey. He honed his innate ability to draw and paint at the Art Students’ League and other New York centers. The result is an astonishing facility with pastel on paper – particularly white on black -- that surprises, delights and provokes. Color pastel and oil (both on paper and on canvas) complement and enhance his audience appeal.
In both mediums, Tai has achieved a mastery of visual anatomy. He caresses the human body with his eye, his hand, his mind. The passion displayed is risked as an open invitation to the viewer. Tai’s work has been shown widely in New York City and throughout New Jersey. He has been featured at Sidetracks for several years in the Naked in New Hope exhibition, capturing “Best in Show” in 2011 and “Honorable Mention” in 2012. His newest portraiture experiments with applied gold leaf and a range of secondary design elements.
Lee Musselman’s found-art constructs are now at home in Hudson, New York – far from his roots in Michigan, and down the pike from his wanderings in the mecca of Provincetown. His assemblages mix familiar and everyday objects with gutsy primitive insight and a wicked wit – both playing with and unsettling our “fun.”
He describes his work as a “dance” with bronze toddler shoes joined to horn deer antlers wrapped in hand-woven wire adorned with mallets and axes and smarmy doll’s heads peeling paint. No smashed partridge, no falling pear tree – not yet, but maybe later… Lee’s under-the--surface influences range from Cornell’s boxes (exploded) to Gambian tribal fetishes (transported) to aching expressionism (concentrated and internalized). Welcome to Lee’s circus. Be very careful!
Sculptor Larry Wood of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, spent thirty years drifting (in his own words) “in ignorance and darkness, learning to be a lover a worker a husband and a father.” The work alluded to encompassed major achievements in architectural metalwork, woodwork and stonework.
A man both private and concisely revealing, he continues, “Back then I was too serious to be an artist also. I am now those things and no longer too serious to be an artist. I spent the last 30 years taking it in. I’ll spend the next 30 years spewing it out.”
Sidetracks Gallery introduced Larry’s art to the New Hope community in the 2012 Naked in New Hope show, where he won “Best in Show.” That appearance is now followed by a second selection from his “Stripworks,” several completed just since the close of that show last November. Since then, Larry has exhibited from Miami to Philadelphia to Pier 92 in Manhattan. His work combines hand-drawn imagery of the human body with large strips fabricated from stainless steel, bronze or copper -- ranging from 24 to 100” in length and 4 to 24” in width. Each, one of a kind.
New Hope Sidetracks Art Gallery adjoins the New Hope Arts Center on Stockton Avenue where Bridge Street meets the railroad tracks.