The Shape of Things


The Shape of Things

Opening Thursday, July 5 – Thursday, August 2, 2012

10 Cobble Court, Litchfield, CT

“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative,” Oscar Wilde

LivWill Art is pleased to present, The Shape of Things, a group show including work by Ann Toebbe, Bryan Stryeski, Kim Sobel, and Jessica Jane. The show will open Thursday, July 5, and close Thursday, August 2.

We live in a world subjected to a relentless myth of perfection, a constant struggle to keep up with a frantic and oscillating lifestyle, dictated to us by social media which continues to blur the boundaries of nature and culture. By way of progression, these four artists demonstrate a natural migration from the overwhelming nature of our surroundings to a nostalgic longing for a more manageable existence. The journey exposes an abstract exterior representation of anxiety, impulse, and spontaneity, characteristics of our current climate – to the familiar confines of the interior landscape, a reflection of the order and structure we long for but also fear. For it is here where we are most vulnerable, unable to hide behind our mistakes. The Shape of Things proposes an engagement with the chaos of an anomalous journey as each artist in his or her own narrative invites the viewer to explore the phenomena of nature’s impact on our lives through the sophisticated use of color, symmetry, space, and perspective.

Ann Toebbe is a Chicago based artist. She received her MFA fromYaleUniversityin 2004 and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including The West Prize, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, and a DAAD. She’s had solo exhibitions at Steven Zevitas inBoston, Branch Gallery inDurham, and ThreeWalls and The Museum of Contemporary Art inChicago. Her work has been acquired by the West Collection, the Progressive Collection, Fidelity Investments, and the Saatchi Collection among others. Toebbe is represented by Steven Zevitas inBostonand EBERSMOORE inChicago.

Bryan Stryeski was born in New Jerseyand grew up in Connecticut. He received his B.F.A. in Painting from Maine College of Art in 2001, and an M.F.A. in Painting/Printmaking from YaleUniversityin 2004. He has attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture as well as Yale Norfolk. His work has appeared in numerous galleries and is in several private collections around the country. In addition to making Images, Bryanis also very interested in Design and has been working with a variety of Architecture firms over the years. He currently divides his time between his studio and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects inNew Haven.

Jessica Jane lives and works in Northwest Connecticut. After starting college at Brown University, she moved with her family back toAustralia, where she earned degrees in English Literature and Studio Art fromSydneyUniversity, and then returned to theUSfor a Masters in Architecture fromYaleUniversityin 2002. She worked for several years in architecture, then returned to making art after the birth of her first child. Recently she has shown at local pop-up galleries, and inBrooklyn, New York. Her work is held in private collections throughout theUS.

Kim Sobel grew up inVermontand moved toNew York Cityafter attendingHampshireCollege. She now resides in CT. Sobel holds both an MS from Bank Street College and an MFA fromHunterCollege. Her surroundings have been a key element informing her painting, where she uncovers new terrain. Sobel has shown her work locally, inNew York Cityand Internationally. Recently Sobel has shown at Trailside Gallery, Northampton, MA; Winvian,Morris,CT; CT Commission on Culture & Tourism,Hartford,CT; John Slade Ely House, New Haven,CT; and Art Crating, Inc., Brooklyn,NY. Sobel taught at theNewSchoolin NYC, and now teaches atManchester Community College. She received an Artist Fellowship Grant from CT Commission on Culture and Tourism in 2010.