June 3, 2014
PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"Rockaway," by Barbara Bilotta
“Rhythm & Blues” Art Exhibition to hit Southold
SOUTHOLD, NY. The Southold Historical Society is pleased to announce it is hosting a special exhibition, entitled “Rhythm & Blues,” featuring the artworks of award winning artist Barbara Bilotta at its Reichert Family Center, Cosden-Price Gallery. This exhibit of original works will be on display from July 3 through August 2, 2014 in the gallery, which is located at 54127 Main Road, Southold, NY. An artist reception will be held Thursday, July 3, 5-7pm.
Barbara Bilotta considers herself an Abstract Expressionist, and her vibrant paintings certainly have the visual and emotional power that is so much a part of that school of painting. The striking abstract patterns in her works are more than just arrangements of colors and shapes. Her love of nature animates those patterns, forging a connection between pure abstraction and organic forms. Thanks to that link, a flowing arrangement of colors will also evoke the textures found in a rock’s surface or a body of water. There is an elemental strength in her images that grounds them, setting up a contrast with the artist’s dynamic use of colors and shapes. “My goal,” she says, “is to transform the natural order into a suggestive interpretation to stimulate the imagination.”
Much of that interpretation is rooted in Bilotta’s color palette. “I love everything that is brilliant and incredible,” she says, “and I attempt to incorporate it into my work.” This transmits itself through the bright blues, glowing yellows and intense reds that often punctuate her images, drawing the viewer’s eye into the patterns she creates. But the painter also expertly uses a whole range of subtler shades, rendering soft fields of pastel color that fade into white, or areas of rich browns and blacks. She says that one of her aims is to bring out “a beautiful interplay of light and shadows,” and it is this which gives her images a palpable sense of physicality, even at their most abstract.
The surface of Bilotta’s paintings is also the result of an intriguing contrast. She works mostly in acrylics glazed with resin, and notes that the acrylic’s softness and the resin’s hardness combine to create a “charged atmospheric space” in which the viewer is made to feel the movement of the paint. That sensation pulls us strongly into her works and makes the world she depicts a highly compelling one. The artist, who has shown her work widely, divides her time between Long Island and Miami.
The exhibit will include a number of different works, the majority of which will be for sale. The exhibit will be on display in the Cosden-Price Gallery in the Society’s Reichert Family Center, located at 54127 Main Road, Southold, NY from July 3 through August 2, 2014, 1pm – 4pm, Thursday-Saturday.
For more information on this exhibit or other Society programs please contact the Southold Historical Society at (631) 765-5500.