Hygienic Art Galleries, 79 Bank St, New London,
‘New Renaissance’ will open with a reception from 7 to 10 pm Saturday, Sept.r 12.
The four-person show runs through Oct. 10
The exhibit is organized by Hygienic resident artist Travis Gibbs, an artist who views art as a catalyst for social change.
In honor of the opening, Gibbs’ anticipated "The ANT1-HER0 Project –Vol. 1: Duality,” a multimedia concept, will be unveiled. In it, the artist depicts a world populated with characters that are extensions of Gibbs. Informed by the thoughts, interests, experiences and ever-
evolving socio-political and spiritual ideology experienced by Gibbs, the hero refuses to merely exist.
His project seeks to empower people to actualize change in the world, as well as challenge cultural conformity.
The exhibit includes the ceramics and sculpture by New London artist Ewa Grochowska, a domestic violence awareness activist. Portions of her sales will benefit her art program for children in domestic violence situations.
Oil painter Craig Strother expresses his love of nature in his artwork. Although a Connecticut native, travel has afforded Strother a breadth of inspiration. “It’s essential that my art is never limited by the confines of a specific conceptual origin or design.”
South Carolina artist Scott Kaser plein air landscapes communicate the poetry and essence of place. “I want my paintings to have the power of a memory,” says Kaser.
Gibbs believes every artist must establish the tone and context of their work, and his approach to his niche is unabashed.
“It's unapologetic, and expects the same from you. It's thick-skinned, and always equipped for combat,” says Gibbs of his work, which does not shirk from honesty or the controversial.