NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Artists from around the country will have their work on display in New Rochelle this month, in the “Shadow Odyssey” exhibition at the Mahlstedt Gallery.
According to gallery officials, the latest exhibition comprises ideas about perception and the ways in which the human spirit can leave an old identity to enter a new world without a concept of time.
Mayor Noam Bramson was among the art buffs who came out for the grand opening on Thursday, May 1, to salute the artists.
“I don’t know if I have an eye for (art), but I definitely appreciate it,” he said.
The pieces on display ranged from abstract sculptures and paintings to digital photography and drawings. Brooklyn artist Jeanne Wilkinson superimposed manipulated photos of Barbie and Ken dolls over various backgrounds to “merge them into the real world.”
“I started doing collages with found art, and then I started photographing these dolls, putting them in Photoshop and merging them in the real world,” Wilkinson, who also runs an art blog said. “My son and I went on a road trip from Denver to California, so we took the dolls with us and shot them all over.”
Other featured artists include Jared Boechler, Kendra Binney, Thomas Faustin Huisking, Weston Lambert, Jon Macadam, MALO, Ron Mineo, Gus and Lina Ocamposilva, Gary Patick, Sandra Vucicevic, David Whitlam and Ellie Winberg.
Bramson noted that the gallery wasn’t always a pinnacle of art in the city, and that it had to undergo renovations to be rejuvenated to its pristine state.
“It’s a beautiful, historic space that has been lovingly restored and filled with extraordinary works of art,” he said. “It’s increasingly become seen as an anchor of culture in New Rochelle.”
The Mahlstedt Gallery is on the first floor within the Mahlstedt Coal and Lumber Company Building is located at 415 Huguenot St.
The exhibition will be open to the public through May 24. The Mahlstedt Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, and on Saturday by appointment.