“Timeworn – The Art of Architecture in Decline”
Now through February the library will be hosting an exhibit in a series of shows sponsored by Peter Abate and Gary LaPierre.
The exhibit “Timeworn – The Art of Architecture in Decline” has been shown in several New England locations. The Gafney Library in Sanbornville New Hampshire opened the tour in December 2016 with a follow-up show in November 2017, other venues included the Conway Public Library and the Wolfeboro Public Library in New Hampshire, the Azure Rising Gallery in Wolfeboro New Hampshire, the Goldberg Gallery at Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg Maine, the historic Wakefield Inn in Wakefield N.H., the University of Southern Maine Glickman Library in Portland Maine, the Lynn Museum of Lynn and the Haverhill Public Library both in Massachusetts.
“While recently pouring over the writings and letters of influential artists, I came across a quote by John Marin written in 1913, that really resonated with me,” recalls Peter Abate. “I believe it expresses key inspirational elements of the message we are seeking to convey through this show.” “Shall we consider the life of a great city as confined simply to the people and animals on its streets and in its buildings, are the buildings themselves dead? You cannot create a work of art unless the things you behold respond to something within you….thus the whole city is alive.”
In “Timeworn – The Art of Architecture in Decline” each work of art invites the viewer to ponder the peculiar mystery, the intimate story of an old building, old structure or details of related parts and the often poignant and lonely struggle to survive the scourge of time and the elements, human use and neglect and the march of progress. Further each humble subject becomes its own material canvas so to speak, from which the patient, thoughtful eye draws its secrets and delights of unconventional beauty, by skillfully capturing the subjects intrinsic qualities of form and function, placement, detail, color, line and texture and the interplay between these qualities, light and shadow, natural and unnatural surroundings. In this ingenious way, a new work of art without either diminishing the other in anyway, but rather, each becomes a gift to the other and to the viewer.
It is our hope this exhibit will encourage a far greater understanding and appreciation of the life and significance, the design and appeal of old buildings and related structures and why it is important to carefully , lovingly observe, preserve and record them as our priceless history and architectural heritage.
Gary LaPierre lives with his family in Beverly Mass. He has always loved walking through old industrial sites in cities and towns to observe the transformative effects of weather and time on buildings and objects. In 1982, he received a “point and shoot” camera as a gift, he has been collecting photographic images of unintentional beauty ever since. Gary says that his attraction to worn out and broken down structures is a bit hard for some people to understand. He feels often in relation to his subject matter that he is against the wrecking ball! Barry Kaplan owner of “The Finer Image” in Danvers Mass. comments that “Gary’s eye for texture and color makes an interesting and unique collection, capable of evoking a nostalgia created by age and time.”
Peter Abate is originally from Massachusetts and now resides in Maine. Peter’s interest in architectural subjects and salvage dates to his childhood and continues to contribute to the art he creates, working with watercolor, mixed media assemblage, collage and photography. Peter has been actively involved with the art community in and around Wakefield N.H. for over 20 years. He is a member of the Mount Washington Valley Arts Association and is currently a member of the Curatorial Committee of the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts in N.H
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