Sculptors Watson, Smith featured in new show

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MANCHESTER — The stART Space abstract art gallery will feature sculptural works by Michael Watson and Gregory Smith in a show opening next weekend at the gallery in the Manchester Shopping Center on Depot Street.
The show, "Positive, Negative and Intertwining Spaces," will open with a reception and holiday party on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 4-7 p.m. It will run through March 30.
The installation "reveals the various ways each artist considers, molds and interprets the space around them and purposefully captures an idea or feeling using the materials and tools at their disposal," according to a news release from gallery owners Michael and Carolina Ellenbogen.
Watson is a multidisciplinary artist who engages primarily with found objects, recycled materials and organic detritus that he collects, from various natural and commercial sites around Brooklyn, to produce process-based abstractions and installations. He explores the space between being, substance and imperceptibility through the use of materials and objects as a substitute for the body, aiming to reveal the underlying structures and overlaps between things and perhaps look toward the imperceptible.
"The assumption that objects are discrete and autonomous is a misconception that I try to challenge in my work. This idea pervades every aspect of our lives, even our perceptions of the body," said Watson, who received an MFA in fine arts from Parsons School of Design in New York in 2013. "Through closely examining natural and manmade infrastructures it becomes abundantly clear that such an autonomy does not exist, and everything is interconnected in a vast, complex ecosystem where everything exists simultaneously permeating, fragmenting and intertwining into each other."
Smith, a North Pownal native, began his sculpture studies with Isaac Witkin and Brower Hatcher at Bennington College. "His steel and copper sculptures are at once both whimsical and serious, reserved yet resonant," the release from the gallery says of his work. "His use of line creates a sense of solidity while letting the space breathe, setting up a dialogue between the line and the negative space, and his use and application of color give an added sense of depth and dimension.
"It is my intention to translate the world I see into sculpture, into some form that I can relate to, that I hope others can relate to and to give form to an idea or feeling," Smith said. "To attempt to create a complete effect, I often combine humor with a sense of sincerity or gravity, perhaps through a title or the sculpture itself or a combination of the two."
For more information, see www.startspace.art or www.Facebook.com/startspaces; or contact the gallery by email at gallery@startspace.art or by calling (802) 768-8498.


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