Friday, April 24, 2020
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
At Home with Our Histories
Doll Collection, detail, oil on panel, 15 x 12” 2019
Feb. 24 thru March 26, 2020
Gallery Talk Wed. March 4th, 8:30am
Hrs: Mon. - Thurs. 9am - 6pm during regular school sessions, or by appointment.
At Home with Our Histories is a series of work that examines images of Americana: doll collections, gun collections, antique furniture, yearbooks, toys, etc. Perhaps as an instinctive response to try to make sense of our current culture by looking back. Or maybe, to find connections that may explain why our history seems so present and unresolved. This series is a reflection of my own, personal histories and a societal, American history. Through my work, I acknowledge that the social problems of today are deeply rooted in our past. Through this dialog with history, I hope to contribute to the redirection of social, psychological and spiritual aspects of the future.
Monday, January 27, 2020
Vintage Posters from the Collections of
Juan Vazquez and Ted Eiseman
Ringling Bros. Rhino Poster, 1945, signed Bill Baily, 116.5 x 79.5”
Jan. 27th through Feb. 13th
HOURS: Mon. - Thurs. 8am - 6pm
during regular school sessions
The Taber Gallery is kicking off the Spring semester with a pop-up exhibition of vintage posters from the collection of Ted Eiseman and Juan Vazquez.
Juan Vazquez is a retired educator and longtime musician from Northampton, Mass. He has been collecting poster art for over 40 years. Ted Eiseman a visual artist, has been the proprietor of Funny Face Poster Restorations in Haydenville, Mass for 25 years. The two met about 4 years ago when Vazquez approached Eiseman about restoring some of the posters in his collection. The two hit it off and have since been working together on music projects and sharing their interest in vintage posters.
Some of this collection was shown at the Anchor House of Artists last year.
Vintage posters are a collectable art form that is available to almost everyone. Values vary but even very rare or collectible posters can be found in the $400.00 to $2,000.00 range. A poster is considered vintage if it is at least twenty-five years old and is an original advertising print.
Although printed public advertisements can be traced to the 15th century, the poster as it is understood today did not emerge until around 1860, given impetus by the invention of lithography, which allowed brilliantly colored posters to be produced cheaply and easily. Many of the poster artists went uncredited and remain anonymous, but there’s a cadre of well-known poster artists as well.
Early on posters were printed using a complicated process of stone or plate lithography but over time other printing techniques (photolithography, woodblocks, silkscreens, photo-offset) were used.
Because vintage posters were generally printed on low quality papers it’s important to preserve and protect them. In order to do this they are first bathed and then mounted on an archival paper which is pasted to linen. After that they may be restored or repaired. Ted Eiseman is a professional poster conservationist and in addition to linden backing the posters on display here, in some cases may have also touched up areas by matching paints, repairing tears or removing stains. It is unusual to find a pristine antique poster and collectors often need to have these repairs done.
The posters in this exhibition reflect each of the collectors thematic interests and tastes.
Monday, November 25, 2019
three artist’s unique transformations of found objects
* Nan Fleming * Adam Mulcahy * Mark Brown
Dec. 2 - Dec. 19th
Reception: Thursday Dec. 19th, 4pm - 6pm
(with informal gallery Q & A, plus a cash & carry event)
Gallery hours: Mon. - Thurs. 10AM - 5PM During regular school sessions
I discovered metal as an art form while at UMASS in 1992. Always a hoarder of the discarded and used, I was drawn to the shapes and patinas of the old rusty bits and pieces more than the clean shiny sheets of new metal available in the foundry. Manipulating a shape with heat continues to be pure magic for me.
For Found I have brought together some older pieces and more recent ones to explore how my use of materials have shifted. Paper has slowly become an important element in my work and learning to weave and incorporate wire has become increasingly interesting to me.
For this show I focused on work that included pieces found in the local area. As a lifelong Holyoke resident and history fanatic I am fascinated by the immediate area surrounding the HCC campus. My art has always showcased that love of all things old and forgotten. Walking in the woods on a hunt for art supplies is a new adventure every time. As a student here I would spend time between classes walking the abandoned trolley tracks. Several pieces in this show came from the ruins of an 1800's cider mill located nearby. Other sculptures include parts found in fields that have long since returned to forest. Some of my shadowbox assemblages contain parts from Mountain Park, a place I went as a child. Other works include my photography of abandoned buildings in the area. I am fascinated by the histories of the individual parts and how they fit together. The parts often lead me to the final direction that the art takes. Sometimes I feel as though I am merely along for the ride as the pieces dictate where they want to be.
My current work derives inspiration from the work of 20th century master Paul Klee and from traditional ethnographic artwork, especially African masks. These collaged pieces are limited in their color palate. I allow the character of the objects to dominate the surfaces and the integration of disparate materials is subtle and effective. Quirky and humorous, the characters display an inventive use of form and structure as well as a playful take on conventional portraits.
Friday, October 4, 2019
DECONSTRUCTING ROY LICHTENSTEIN
Oct. 10 thru Nov. 21, 2019
Reception Thurs. Oct. 17, 4:30 - 6:30pm
The Taber Art Gallery is open to the public and
located through the HCC Campus Library lobby
in the Donahue Bldg.
Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 10am - 5pm during regular school sessions, or by appointment. For more info visit:
http://thetaberartgallery.blogspot.com, or call: (413)552-2614
Artists Statement – David Barsalou MFA
Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein is an extensive,
internationally recognized art history research project.
It began in 1979 while a student at Hartford Art School.
Presented in large-scale digital format, this exhibition
presents a comparative analysis of Pop Artist Roy
Lichtenstein's paintings with the original source images he
copied from 1960's comic books... Focusing exclusively on
Lichtenstein's use of 'Love and Romance' imagery from
1961 to 1965. Deconstructing Lichtenstein recognizes the
numerous artists Lichtenstein swiped without giving
proper credit or compensation. While Roy Lichtenstein
became rich and famous, the original comic book artists he
ripped-off received nothing.
Former long-time visual arts educator, David Barsalou
maintains a studio in Chicopee, Massachusetts where he
presently resides. Barsalou earned a BFA and MFA from
Hartford Art School. Since retirement, Barsalou spends all
of his time writing, researching, and making Art.
Whamm! Blam! Lichtenstein and the Art of Appropriation,
is an upcoming Documentary Film by Director James
Hussey - featuring David Barsalou's research on artist Russ