LivWill Art Pop-Up Gallery Comes to Litchfield

By JULIE BOGEN

Everyone knows that the art industry is notorious for its inconsistent nature, competitive career field, and varying media. Though many in the business have recently felt economic pressure, art consultant Jennifer Terzian has succeeded in combining her love of contemporary art and working with collectors.

A Southern California native, Ms. Terzian received a bachelor’s degree in art history from UCLA. She spent her senior year in Beverly Hills as an intern at Sotheby’s Auction House, further spurring her interest in art and business.

“The auction business was so exciting,” said Ms. Terzian. “It allowed me to engage with the business side, but still kept me involved with the artwork.”

Ms. Terzian subsequently attended the Sotheby’s Institute in London, and received a master’s degree in post-war contemporary art. “This was an incredible experience,” she said. “I was able to travel all over Europe and actually see what we studied in class. This was the beginning of the YBA (Young British Artists) sensation. … It was such an exciting time to be in London.”

Since then, Ms. Terzian has spent five years as director of Marc Selwyn Fine Art in downtown Los Angeles, one year as art consultant for Winvian in Morris, and two years as co-chairman of MOCA Contemporaries.

In September 2011, she opened her own business, LivWill Art, as a private art consultant. Named after her two children, Olivia, 4, and William, 2, LivWill has grown into a successful business in which Ms. Terzian communicates with both clients and artists to build collections. “LivWill essentially functions as a roving gallery and consulting/management company,” explained Ms. Terzian.

At 34, Ms. Terzian’s newest venture is a pop-up gallery titled “The Shape of Things,” to be located in Cobble Court throughout the month of July.

In establishing her temporary gallery, she follows a trend that began in the United States around the turn of the current millennia when Vacant of Los Angeles capitalized on a concept observed in Japan, where consumers would line up to purchase limited edition products from niche retailers. Once the products were sold out, usually within a matter of hours, the store would be closed until the owner received more product and would then reopen. This led Vacant to establish retail outlets that would open, sell their products—whatever those products might be—then close and move to another targeted location. Pop-up galleries are an extension of this concept.

The Litchfield pop-up gallery has been designed as a depiction of society’s impossible goal of perfection, the definition and expectations of which are defined in social media and advertising. According to the LivWill Art press release, viewers are to move progressively through the pieces. Throughout the gallery, the featured artists establish a “natural migration” from the “frantic … oscillating … and overwhelming” tendency of our world to a wistful desire for simplicity.

Furthermore, it will reveal an “abstract exterior representation of anxiety, impulse, and spontaneity” against the more comfortable restrictions of the interior landscape—“a reflection of the order and structure we long for, but also fear.”

It also means that she can merge her own interests with what the buyer is looking for.

“I can show work with my pop-up shows that I find intriguing and hopefully expose my audience to artists and ideas they might not have been exposed to previously, as well as use my expertise in post-war contemporary art for clients who are interested in specific periods, movements, and mediums. This makes it easy for me to navigate between what excites me and what my client is looking for.”

“The Shape of Things” will feature work by Ann Toebbe, Bryan Stryeski, Kim Sobel, and Jessica Jane, each of whom will be presenting his or her own perspective of how nature influences our lives.

Ms. Toebbe, a Chicago-based artist, graduated with an MFA from Yale in 2004. Over the course of her career, she has won the West Prize, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and in 2005 participated in The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the Universität der Kunst Berlin.

Since 2004, she has had solo exhibitions at Steven Zevitas in Boston, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Branch Gallery in Durham.

New Jersey and Connecticut native Mr. Stryeski also received an MFA from Yale in 2004. He specializes in painting, printmaking, and sculpture, though he has also been working with a number of architecture organizations. His work has appeared in various galleries across the country.

Ms. Jane, a Northwest Connecticut resident, attended Brown University and Sydney University for English literature and studio art. She obtained a M.A. in architecture from Yale in 2002, and has since worked in both architecture and art. Her work has made recent appearances in local pop-up galleries, and in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is also known by private collectors in the United States.

Finally, Ms. Sobel hails from Vermont and New York City. With an M.S. from Bank Street College and a master’s degree in fine art from Hunter College, her inspiration is based on her location. Her work has been recently showed at Trailside Gallery in Massachusetts, Winvian in Morris, the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, and Art Crating, Inc. in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“The Shape of Things” will open Thursday, July 5, and close Thursday, Aug. 2. Hours are Thursday to Sunday, noon to p.m., or by appointment.

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Art with a little pop Litchfield gallery up temporarily through August