Monday, February 7, 2011

Press Release: Idoline Duke and Gowri Savoor at HDAC, Stowe

Helen Day Art Center is pleased to present a two person exhibition tied together by form, content and the artists’ shared passion for the natural world.

Idoline Duke

Idoline Duke is an artist inspired by the ocean and water in general whose work reflects the longing and tension of a landlocked soul.

After practicing art intermittently for more than twenty years -punctuated by raising a family, a professional career in landscape design, and three years as a curator- Duke returned to the studio in force in the summer of 2009. Working primarily in watercolor and mixed media on paper, her subject matter ranges from specimen studies of ocean creatures to stunning abstractions driven by her love of water and sky.
A few of her pieces display her awareness of the impending environmental debacle, her work is more celebration than editorial news when it comes to 70% of the planet. Engulfing blues, earthy oranges, and cool grays flood her abstract work. As a viewer, you have taken the plunge into the deep and are looking up through liquid layers of glory at the light above.

Gowri Savoor

Gowri Savoor works in many media including pen and ink on paper, but her most tactile work is sculptural and made from organic materials found in the extensive rural landscape of Vermont. Like the materials she uses, the artwork is so delicate that it threatens to disappear at the slightest touch, an analogy, certainly, for the frailty of the natural worldunder our hands.

Savoor’s materials become the vocabulary of her work: browns, greens, blacks and other organic tones predominate, her brush strokes are the size and length determined by the seeds, needles, nuts and cones she has gathered, while her designs seem mapped by natural forms: circles, bulges, wandering lines, shells, clumps and nets describe these shapes. The viewer’s urge to touch is almost irrepressible. In her process of concept, collection, creation and exhibition, she employs the knowledge of a scientist. She notes, as an example, that the black locust seeds sewn together to make the paths in “Destroyer” are deadly poison if eaten, but relatively harmless when handled.

Her subtle work is seductive in form and appears innocent. Savoor’s intense concern for our future and that of the planet is evident in the tension between the size of her works and the tissue-thin materials from which they are made. This realization can take the viewer time to encounter and may only be reached days later as the after-image of her work tingles in your fingertips.
Idoline Duke lives in Stowe, VT
Gowri Savoor lives in Montpelier, VT