Matthew Gagliardi and Jim Lowry
Trinidad Art Gallery Reception: Friday, August 2nd, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Snacks and libations will be available. Wine pour will benefit Northcoast Environmental Center.
Music by singer/songwriter Margaret Kellerman.
Matthew Gagliardi has always been attracted to the fluidity of working hot glass. He explains that most of the process of blowing soft glass is spent trying to influence a material that is not totally in a liquid form or a solid state, but tends to ebb and flow between the two. He says with some sincerity that when blowing glass his perception is often in a similar tidal pattern, drifting between daydreams in the etheric realms and physical reality, yet at the same time it requires his complete attention and total focus.
Typical of many artists, he tells us that If he is not in his studio making glass, he is usually thinking about it while trying to do other things. "Most of my inspiration comes from geometric patterns and symmetry contained within the chaotic appearance in nature and the relationship of capturing and transforming light. I approach the material with the intention of process striving to achieve clean lines, symmetric proportions and refined craftsmanship." Gagliardi's works range from the utilitarian to elegant Venetian styles.
Here in Humboldt County, Lowry is perhaps best known for his landscapes and beachscapes. While his use of color is always effective, he especially enjoys the stark minimalism of black and white photography, and he can be strongly reminiscent of Ansel Adams.
For thirty years Lowry concentrated on painting and drawing. In 1998 he began exploring digital art which soon translated into digital photograph, and he has been working with this medium ever since.
Lowry says, "The possibilities are infinite. I love the whole process; identifying dynamic possibilities, overcoming technical obstacles, shooting in many different ways and processing the images with my magic computer."