Itty S. Neuhaus exhibition I C LVL: Hudson Beach (Eyes Sea Level ), curated by Carl Van Brunt, opened on August 8th at Beacon’s Hudson Beach Glass Gallery and will run through September 6, 2015.
This is a show not to be missed
There will be a Special Ice-Carving Event with the Artist on Sat, Sept 5, 3-6 pm (details below)
Hudson Beach Gallery
162 Main Street, 2nd Fl
Beacon, NY 12508
In Itty S. Neuhaus’ exhibition I C LVL: Hudson Beach (Eyes Sea Level), art and science meet in multimedia works which have evolved from the artist’s research into the life and death of icebergs. Neuhaus, an associate professor in the Department of Art at SUNY New Paltz, is well versed in new strategies and technologies to detect, measure and communicate data about iceberg structures with levels of accuracy previously not possible. In her art, she has also begun to make use of the resources offered by New Paltz’s MakerBot Innovation Center, where the staff are working with her to digitally model and 3D print replications of the icebergs she sizes in the field.
Though the mixed media work on view is grounded in rigorous science and innovative technology, it is not at all a dry exposition of fact. Visitors to the exhibition will find emotional depth in the artist’s work and it is this depth, married with facticity that conveys meaning. There are pieces in this show that will leave you speechless and then slowly give rise to thought and then bring you back to silence again. The unseen part of I C LVL is what makes the visible aspect that much more compelling. Neuhaus says that “visual manifestations of science can make complex topics more understandable or understood beyond the intellect (through the body, the emotions…).”
Recently, Neuhaus was chosen to be one of a network of 17 international scholars who will collaborate as part of the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, an intergovernmental forum concerned with issues faced by Arctic nations and indigenous residents. She is the only one of these scholars with a background in art, the rest are scientists. This presents her with a unique opportunity to continue her efforts to use her art to contribute to a fuller understanding of the environmental crisis that faces all of us. With other researchers she will create “a 3-D multimedia portrait of an Arctic iceberg, above and below the water-line using 3D modeling, video and underwater recording. Ultimately, the work will have both artistic and scientific applications. The resulting future art exhibitions, to be called Monument to an Iceberg: Frozen in Time, will create an enduring tribute to the fleeting forms in polar ice.”
In the words of the artist, “the vantage point in I C LVL (Eyes Sea Level) hovers between the known and unknown worlds. In large and small mixed media works, a recognizable place is juxtaposed with scenes appearing just beyond the level of what can be seen — incongruously warm and sensuous forms appear in the underwater part of an iceberg, the last breath on a deathbed becomes tangible, weather anomalies are scratched into National Park postcard scenes. I C LVL is an attempt to see the sea of possibilities that this life holds, just beyond the level of our sight, scientific understanding or emotional grasp… I interpret what I experience using a lens that is informed by my sense that change in nature (in this case the building up and melting of ice) mirrors human growth and decay and that of our world as a whole.”
On September 5 at 3pm, beginning at Hudson Beach Glass, Neuhaus will lead an Ice-carving event for those who wish to try their hands at sculpting icebergs. From frozen blocks of ice, participants will carve replicas of the visible part of the iceberg that presumably sank the Titanic in 1912 and then compete to carve the bottom, with awards like most seaworthy, most inventive. A procession featuring the icebergs will then proceed down to Long Dock Park where they will be launched into the Hudson.
For additional information about the work of Itty S. Neuhaus visit her website: www.ittyneuhaus.com