Burlington City Arts

MARCH 31, 2015

Six Artists Featured in Three Contemporary Exhibitions at The BCA Center in April


Burlington, VT: Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce three new exhibitions at The BCA Center on Church Street; Thomas Brennan: Darkness From Light, Sumru Tekin: One Day, and Back to Nature at The Vermont Metro Gallery. Exhibitions open Friday, April 10th, 2015 on the first, second, and fourth floor galleries, with an opening reception from 5:00-8:00pm. The reception will also feature the announcement of this year’s Barbara Smail Award winning Vermont artist. These three exhibitions feature work in various mediums with solo shows by Thomas Brennan and Sumru Tekin, and a group show in The Vermont Metro Gallery featuring Karen Henderson, Jill Madden, Joe Salerno, and Gowri Savoor. The exhibitions run through June 20th, 2015.

Darkness From Light uses ‘photogenic drawing,’ a camera-less photography technique pioneered by 19th century photographer Henry Fox-Talbot, Thomas Brennan explores mortality and metaphorical implication through his documentation of objects from nature. In the format of shadows, Brennan captures animal specimens, molecular models, and instruments of scientific measure, resulting in an unexpected sense of beauty and modernized aesthetic.

Thomas Brennan has been an exhibiting photographer for the past 25 years and is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Vermont where he has taught since 1989. His work, primarily concerned with themes of mortality, has received grant support from the Vermont Arts Council and from the University of Vermont. Brennan has exhibited nationally in group and solo exhibitions. Recent work continues to explore issues of mortality and change through photographs of insect specimens with emphases on metaphorical implication and affective response. Brennan received his M.F.A. in Photography from the University of Arizona.

In One Day, Sumru Tekin explores the idea of portrait as an aggregate — a construction built from multiple and differing sources without an ability to distinguish “truth" from lies or factual description from embellished fiction. Using audio speakers to play the role of a human “speaking,” Tekin orchestrates an audio encounter between the visitor and the gallery space. Her interest in the subjectivity of experience questions what appears and disappears in the establishment of collective histories.

Born in Erzerum, Turkey, Tekin lives and works in Vermont. Using a variety of media, Sumru re-contextualizes found and constructed drawings, texts, photographs, films, and audio to create inconclusive narratives within the contexts of historiography and storytelling. Her grants and awards include the 2014 Barbara Smail Award, a Macdowell Colony Fellowship, a Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council, and an Arts Endowment Fund Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation. Tekin has a MFA degree in Visual Art from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA in Art History from the University of Vermont.

Featured in the Vermont Metro Gallery is Back To Nature, an exhibition that celebrates the beauty of the Vermont landscape through a collection of work that reinterprets our connection with a place over time. This exhibition includes work from Karen Henderson, Jill Madden, Joe Salerno and Gowri Savoor. Each artist unveils nature’s ever-changing beauty through focused and repetitive study while representing their own evolving point of view.

Karen Henderson first studied fine arts with an emphasis on printmaking, afterwards decided to pursue her own studies for a few years, focusing mainly on batik. This passion led Karen back to school to immerse in the study of textiles. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally in galleries and in juried shows such as The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show among others. Karen's pieces are included in the permanent art collections of The University of Vermont Medical Center (VT), Central Vermont Medical Center (VT), The Banner Ironwood Medical Center (AZ), and in over eighty private collections.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Jill Madden currently lives and paints in Weybridge, Vermont. Inspired by the local woods, water, snow, and mountains, her canvases examine moments of solitude in the surrounding environment. Trails indicate figures’ presence or absence. The idea of nature as both playground and challenge influences her images, as does the ever-changing northern landscape. She graduated Cum Laude from Middlebury College with a BA in East Asian Studies and received a MFA in painting from Boston University in 1999, where she held a Constantin Alajalov scholarship. Jill received a Post Baccalaureate in Fine Arts from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and studied at the New York Studio School. She is the recipient of a Winsor and Newton Emerging Artists award, a Basin Harbor Fellowship, and a Custom House Fellowship in Westport, Ireland.

Joseph Salerno is a painter who lives and works in Johnson, Vermont. His work is represented by the Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne, VT, the Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown, MA and the Ober Gallery in Kent, CT. He has been on the faculty at Johnson State College since 1991.

Gowri Savoor is a visual artist, working in environmental sculpture and creating works on paper. Born in Manchester, England, Gowri was educated in Manchester and Leeds and moved to the Unites States in 2007. She has exhibited in the US, the UK and internationally. Gowri has work in several public collections including the Manchester Dental Hospital (UK), The Children's Center in Flowery Field (UK), and Johnson State College (US). Grands include Arts Council England Professional Development Grants, Creative Industries Awards and most recently the Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant.

BCA’s spring exhibitions are an important part of Burlington City Arts, celebrating over 30 years of supporting the arts, which is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. For more information about gallery exhibitions, special events, classes and workshops, please call 802.865.7166 or visit BURLINGTONCITYARTS.ORG.