TORRINGTON — Five Points Gallery, located at 33 Main St., and Five Points Annex Gallery, 17 Water St., have announced their next exhibitions.
“Strange Names,” a group show in the East, West and TDP Galleries at Five Points, runs Oct. 9-Nov. 14. Comprised of mixed media works and site specific installations, the highlights the influence immigration has on three artists, according to a statement.
Hirokazu Fukawa ’s family endured Siberian gulags and the aftermath of World War II in Japan. Olu Oguibe was a child refugee in Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War and later spent many years as a political exile in Britain, escaping Nigeria’s military dictatorship. Joe Bun Keo ’s parents are refugees of the Khmer Rouge communist regime that spawned the Killing Fields in Cambodia. Despite the generational differences, these three artists have personal connections to the struggles of seeking asylum in a new world. Their practices aren’t singularly focused on the immigrant experience, but their artwork and their attitudes do perpetuate compassion and empathy for such experiences. The exhibition aims not to necessarily be a protest, but more so a lesson on how history can repeat itself in unfortunate ways, according to a statement.
Due to COVID-19 Connecticut State Health and Safety Mandates, there will be no opening reception. Five Points will present a virtual zoom artist talk at 6 p.m. Oct. 30, moderated by Melanie Carr. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and by appointment. Events are fee and open to the public; masks and social distancing are observed.
At Five Points Annex Gallery, “Lightness of Bing” runs from Oct. 9-18 at 17 Water St., with works by four artists: Lori Barker, Ernie Barker, Gail Jacobson and Jeff Jacobson.
According to a statement: Lori Barker 's work blends nature and spirituality into an exploration of the rhythms of life. Her work emphasises the poetry that lives beneath the surface of things where layers of paper, paint, wood, fabric, metal and images come alive creating an altered world. Her late husband, Ernie Barker carved one of a kind pieces of furniture and unique sculptures of the female form. By carving spalted wood (more commonly known as burls) the wood’s grain is mutated creating wonderful visual effects. He worked the wood in such a way as to allow the natural grain and colors best define the human form contained within the log.
After discovering a small press in her studio during quarantine, Gail Jacobson , has been creating small prints using pressed foliage that are then fashioned into arrangements reminiscent of bouquets or fields both fantastical and real. With a background in engineering, Jeff Jacobson builds custom lighting emphasising the purity of mechanics. “ With my lamps I work to celebrate this purity and honesty of materials, components, and proper engineering techniques.” Jacobson said.
To reach the galleries, visit www.fivepointsgallery.org or call 860-618-7222.