November 8 – December 4
Passage, an exhibition featuring the work of painter Vincent Baldassano and sculptor Marilyn Miller, is on view at Chroma Fine Art Gallery now through December 4.
Vincent Baldassano has been painting, teaching and contributing to regional arts organizations for over four decades. If his name sounds familiar, perhaps it’s because he was showcased in a retrospective exhibition at Housatonic Museum of Art this summer, because he has been a well-regarded professor at several universities in the area, or because he used to own Station Gallery in Katonah. In many ways, this show in Katonah is a homecoming for him. In preparation for the show, Baldassano invited Chroma’s curator, Rita Baunok to sift through pieces from a large quantity of paintings in his studio. “The process was a pleasure,” she says, “his work is breathtaking. I get the same feeling as when I look at a painting by Marc Chagall; I respond on an emotional and physical level.” For Passages, Baunok selected paintings that evoke a strong European influence. The compositions display a throughline of Italian architecture, religion, culture, as well as warm Mediterranean hues. Many on view were created while Baldassano was a visiting artist at The American Academy in Rome.
For her part, sculptor Marilyn Miller’s work also delivers a uniquely European touch. Although she grew up in Louisville, KY, and has led a creative life here in New York, she homed her technique for a time by working with craftspeople in Italy. She was raised in a creative household (her mother was an accomplished painter), and has executed works in a variety of mediums including jewelry and ceramics. This exhibition is the first time many of these bronzes have been shown to the public. “I’ve featured her work before, but never such a large suite of bronzes,” explains the curator. “She’s got something special here. The shine of that golden surface patina is so beautiful!” The sculptures on view conjure a variety of abstract feminine forms. They exude sensuality, warmth and strength.
Miller’s smooth curvaceous bronzes accentuate the textures of Baldassano’s dense and colorful oil paintings. “These two artists are a great pairing. When displayed together, the works ignite an unexpected chemistry. They really enhance the unique characteristics of the other,” Baunok attests with a smile. You are welcome to visit to Chroma this month and see for yourself.