RICE POLAK GALLERY
OLGA ANTONOVA, WILLIAM CICCARIELLO
JULY 18 - JULY 31, 2013
Opening Reception Friday, July 19th, 7:00pm
Structure is everything to this contemplative artist whose sharp eye and superb technique bring order out of a chaotic world. His intricate compositions combine elements of nature with ingeniously positioned and balanced objects, an apt reflection on the precariousness of our carefully-juggled, modern lives. Ciccariello's work is less about the application of paint on surface than about how paint can be used to create form and capture light. His surfaces are purposefully flat and his color harmonies close so that nothing detracts from the compositions he so carefully constructs.
Suzanne Howes-Stevens continues to build her national reputation as a painter. A widely-travelled and extremely literate artist, Howes-Stevens draws upon her extensive experience to create highly intelligent works of remarkable sensitivity. She quite literally grounds her work in the real world via her trademark of painting over maps mounted on canvas or panel. The geography of the underlying map relates to the subject of her painting for which it forms the support. The artist works in a delicate, romantic style, her landscapes literally running over their borders. Her skillful and sensitive renderings thus become feasts for the mind as well the eye.