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Greg Mort - THE SPACE BETWEEN Exhibition at the Carla Massoni Gallery Press Packet

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  • 1. t M a s s o n i A r t t Contemporary Fine ArtE xhibitions | N ews & E vents | C uratorial C onsulting | A rtist R epresentation t Press Release 2/4/12 t The Space Between – Exhibition Greg Mort and Shelley Robzen Also featuring work by Jon Mort March 24 – May 6, 2012 Open House: Saturday, March 24 Artists Talk – 2 pm with an Introduction by Erik Neil, Director of the Academy Art Museum t The Space Between – Symposium – Art/Science Saturday April 7, 2012 – 2 pm The Garfield Center for the Arts – at the Prince Theatre 210 High Street, Chestertown, Maryland Ambassador Cynthia P. Schneider will introduce the symposium. Greg Mort will serve as moderator and panelist. Dr. Richard Mushotzky, an astrophysicist and NASA X-Ray astronomer, Tom McCabe, Founder and CEO of McCabe Software, Rebecca Hoffberger, the Founder and Director of the American Visionary Art Museum, and Erik Neil, Director of the Academy Art Museum will complete the panel. Free and Open to the Public Sponsored by the Kent County Arts Council MassoniArt | 203 High Street, Chestertown, Maryland 21620 410-778-7330 | info@massoniart.com | www.massoniart.com Contact: Carla Massoni | 410-708-4512 iPhone | cmassoni@mac.com 1
  • 2. tM a s s o n i A r t t Contemporary Fine Artt The Space Between – Exhibition Greg Mort and Shelley Robzen Also featuring work by Jon Mort March 24 – May 6, 2012 Open House: Saturday, March 24 Artists Talk – 2 pm with an Introduction by Erik Neil, Director of the Academy Art Museum, Easton, MarylandOn March 24, The Space Between opens at the Carla Massoni Gallery/MASSONIART and remainson exhibit through May 6, 2012. There will be an OPEN HOUSE from 11 – 4 pm at the gallerylocated in historic downtown Chestertown, MD. An Artists Talk will take place at 2 pm withGreg Mort, Shelley Robzen and Jon Mort discussing their work. Special guest Erik Neil, Directorof the Academy Art Museum will introduce the artists. Last year, the Academy Art Museumwas the recipient of the largest collection of Mort paintings in a public venue gifted by the lateDavid Hickman. Greg Mort | Inner Sea Shelley Robzen | Dancing in the Clouds #1Watercolor | 27” x 29” Carrara White Marble | 18” x 17.25” x 13” 2
  • 3. M a s s o n i A r t / Press Release / February, 2012t The Space Between – Symposium – Art/Science Saturday April 7, 2012 – 2 pm The Garfield Center for the Arts – at the Prince Theatre 210 High Street, Chestertown, Maryland Free and Open to the Public Sponsored by the Kent County Arts CouncilSince the dawn of human creativity, art in its myriad forms has endeavored to investigate and understand the world around us. This symposium will explore humankind’s enduring quest to unravel the importance of what is seen and understood, but also the significance of what is absent.Introduction: Ambassador Cynthia Schneider – American diplomat and art historian.Panelists: Artist and astronomer Greg Mort Dr. Richard Mushotzky, Astrophysicist and NASA X-Ray Astronomer Tom McCabe, Founder and CEO of McCabe Software Rebecca Hoffberger, Founder and Director of the American Visionary Art Museum Erik Neil, Director of the Academy Art MuseumIn addition to the exhibition, on Saturday, April 7th at 2 pm, The Space Between – Symposium –Art/Science, an educational program sponsored by the Kent County Arts Council and underwrittenby private donors, will take place at the Garfield Center for the Arts. The event is FREE and opento the Public. Artist Greg Mort is a gifted amateur astronomer and was an early participant in NASA’s AmericanArtist program. He served on the Board of the MacDonald Observatory and currently serves onthe Executive Board of the Lowell Observatory and the Night Sky Conservation Foundation. Newdiscoveries in physics and cosmology are challenging long held assumptions concerning theevolution of the galaxies and opening new opportunities for research and exploration. Abstractconcepts often require metaphor so that we might understand their meaning. Throughout historythe artist and the scientist have been challenged to create the language their discoveries demand.Greg Mort, a frequent speaker on the collaboration of art and science, has invited others on theforefront of this visionary quest to serve on the panel for the April 7th symposium. Ambassador Cynthia P. Schneider will introduce the symposium. Greg Mort will serve asmoderator and panelist. Dr. Richard Mushotzky, an astrophysicist and NASA X-Ray astronomer,Tom McCabe, Founder and CEO of McCabe Software, Rebecca Hoffberger, the Founder andDirector of the American Visionary Art Museum, and Erik Neil, Director of the Academy ArtMuseum will complete the panel. Additional biographical notes on pages 7 – 9 I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research. —Albert Einstein 3
  • 4. M a s s o n i A r t / Press Release / February, 2012t The Space Between – Exhibition NarrativeAlmost twenty years ago, painter Greg Mort and sculptor Shelley Robzen had their first showtogether. In the intervening years, both have gone on to achieve great success on the internationalstage. The new work exhibited in The Space Between marks a significant shift in their individualartistic trajectories as they seek to capture the ideas and emotions important to them as mature artists.Also featured in the exhibition, will be work by artist Jon Mort, Greg’s son, and a recent graduateof the Rhode Island School of Design graduate program.t Greg MortGreg Mort is widely recognized as a leadinginfluence in contemporary art. He is a self-taughtartist and a gifted amateur astronomer. Throughouthis career, he has focused on the natural worldincorporating his knowledge of space explorationand environmental issues. Given his talent andinsight, the artist has drawn considerable attentionfrom collectors, dealers and museums. A commis-sioned NASA artist since 1983, he was an earlyparticipant in NASA’s American Artist program andwas honored to be included in the NASA/ART – Greg Mort working on Space Between50 Years of Exploration – a traveling exhibitionsponsored by the Smithsonian Institution featuringwork by Calder, Hurd, Leibovitz, Rauschenberg, andRockwell. His work can be found in the SmithsonianAir and Space Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art,the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the VaticanObservatory, the Brandywine River Museum, theFarnsworth Museum and most recently the AcademyArt Museum. Through his Art of Stewardship Project,Mort has used his art to spur dialogue with numerousarts, environmental, educational and research groups. Plurality of Worlds | Watercolor | 22” x 28” As we begin our journey into the 21st century, Mr. Mort’s work takes on an even greater importance. Not only will his paintings stand the test of time as great works of art, they will continue to challenge us to question our role as stewards of this delicate thing we call Mother Earth and the universe that guides her. —Christopher J. Brownawell, Director of the Farnsworth Art Museum. The paintings comprising The Space Between collection represent the continuation of a themeMort began with an oil painting entitled Planet Evolution completed in 2008. The painting was a 4
  • 5. M a s s o n i A r t / Press Release / February, 2012transitional piece in that it departed from the representationalism that had been the hallmark ofMort’s art. In this new work he seeks to express the ideas confronting those on the forefront of themodern sciences – physics and cosmology – the profound connections found when one looksinward or outward and the questions generated about the depth of those connections. Ideas aboutspace and time, realms of the infinite and the infinitesimal are combined with a raw emotionalquality in order to create an otherworldly atmosphere. Although abstract in nature there is a fullythree-dimensional quality to the work and at the same time a deliberate lack of information regardinga sense of scale. Are we in inner space or outer space? How does one represent in visual form whatis unseen or absent? For Mort, art and science share a similar process of scrutiny and examinationrepresenting the human longing to understand why and how. Greg Mort is an imaginative force who communicates the wonders of planet Earth and the universe beyond through stunning works of art that juxtapose ordinary objects with extraordinary visions and interpretations of the cosmos . . . allow(ing) the reader to go beyond the mere fabric and structure of the creation in order to arrive at the ‘visual song’ and ‘symphony’ that emotionally connect us with the fundamental underpinnings of nature. —John S. Hendricks Founder and Chairman, The Discovery Communications / The Discovery Channelt Shelley RobzenSculptor Shelley Robzen graduated from Syracuse UniversityCollege of Visual and Performing Arts with a B.F.A. in 1974. For thelast thirty-eight years, she has lived and worked in the medieval townof Pietrasanta, Italy renowned as an international center of art andsculpture since the time of Michelangelo. Robzen is a carver – oneof an elite group of women working in monumental scale and fullyengaged, i.e. hands-on, in the production of their work. She carvesexclusively in marble with bronze sculptures cast from the originalstone creation.  Her work has been exhibited throughout the United Shelley at workStates, Italy, France, England, Norway, and Hong Kong. Since 2004,she has been a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors –an honor she received when the Society amended their constitutionin 2003 allowing prominent international sculptors full membership.In 2009, Robzen was selected as the sculptor representing the UnitedStates for the 7th Donna Scultura exhibition featuring the work offour women from four different countries. This year marks the 10thanniversary where the thirty-six women honored in previous yearswill each exhibit one sculpture. Anima #2 Robzen’s early sculptures were based on her observation and Carrara White Marbleinterpretation of the natural world. Abstract in form and highly 12.25” x 13” x 7.25”cerebral, she sought to convey the essential line of mountains, waves,and seascapes. Several years ago, Robzen’s younger sister was diagnosed with aggressive breastcancer. She attributes her new body of work to the extraordinary gift she received in being able to 5
  • 6. M a s s o n i A r t / Press Release / February, 2012accompany her sister on her difficult and final journey. The intensity of the experience resulted in aneed to express powerful emotions. In the sculptures titled Anima, she sought to convey the weightof the soul as it transitions from the body and ultimately releases itself from the earth. In the Dancingin the Clouds series she celebrates the essence of spirit using the marble itself to represent the spacebetween reality and spirit. The translucent light she captures on the edges of the exquisitely carvedmarble signals to the viewer that what we cannot see - exists. The simplicity of line is the key to Shelly Robzen’s work using marble to a different effect, bringing out its sensitivity. — ­ Valentina Fogher, Curator of the Museo dei Bozzetti notes from Sculpture in the Garden – University of Leicester catalog.t Jon MortArt has captivated Jon Mort ever since he was old enough to balancea stubby pencil between his child’s fingers. He was ten years oldwhen his father and Robzen had their first show together. Whenhis father was on sabbatical in Italy, they visited Robzen’s studio inPietrasanta where she gave him a lesson using her amazing pneumatichammer and chisels. Inspired by his artist father and motivated byhis teacher mother, he was privileged to live in a home where artand education were celebrated. Jon Mort at work He graduated from Franklin & Marshall with a degree in StudioArt in 2006. He was awarded a Master of Arts in Architecture fromthe Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 and promptly decidedto pursue a career as a full-time artist. His work has been exhibitedin Washington, DC, Maryland, Delaware and Maine. Jon is fullya product of the 21st century. He has been exposed to all thetechnical bells and whistles of his time and training. And yet, hechose graphite as his medium – a simple pencil and sheet of paperare his tools. His subject is the classic figure and his inspiration –the ancient myths. As an artist and a modern man he travels backin space and time engaged in a creative process that is controlled,precise and shaped by premeditation in his effort to produce workthat is energetic, expressive and examines our assumptions aboutthe familiar. His life-size depictions are at once allegiant to thecraft of physiological exactitude and immersed in the breadthof fantastical narrative. By blending time honored techniquesand the classical narrative – Jon Mort tells us new stories in his Neptunefresh compositions. Graphite | 24.5” x 36” 6
  • 7. M a s s o n i A r t / Press Release / February, 2012t The Space Between – Symposium – Art/Science Biographical NotesIntroduction: Ambassador Cynthia P. SchneiderAmbassador Cynthia P. Schneider teaches, publishes, and organizes initiativesin the field of cultural diplomacy, with a focus on the Muslim world. As aSenior Fellow at the Brookings Institution she leads the Arts and CultureInitiative within the Saban Center for Middle East Policy. She is Co-Directorof Muslims on Screen and Television Resource Center (MOST). ProfessorSchneider teaches Diplomacy and Culture in the School of Foreign Service atGeorgetown University, where, from 1984-2005, she was a member of the arthistory faculty, and published on Rembrandt and seventeenth century Dutchart. She also organized exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts,Boston. From 1998-2001, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands and was awardedthe Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service Award. Dr. Schneider receivedher B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard..Panelist and Moderator: Greg MortGreg Mort is a self-taught artist and a gifted amateur astronomer. Throughouthis career, he has focused on the natural world incorporating his knowledgeof space exploration and environmental issues. He was an early participant inNASA’s American Artist program. His work can be found in the Smithsonian Airand Space Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian AmericanArt Museum, the Vatican Observatory, the Brandywine River Museum, theFarnsworth Museum and most recently, a major body of his work from theHickman Collection was gifted to the Academy Art Museum. Through his Art of StewardshipProject, Mort uses his art to spur dialogue with numerous arts, environmental, educational and re-search groups. He served on the Board of the MacDonald Observatory and currently serves on theExecutive Board of the Lowell Observatory and the Night Sky Conservation Foundation. 7
  • 8. M a s s o n i A r t / Press Release / February, 2012Panelists: Dr. Richard Mushotzky, Thomas J. McCabe, Rebecca Hoffberger, and Erik NeilDr. Richard Mushotzky is a world-renowned astrophysicist and expert onhigh energy astrophysics. During his outstanding thirty-year tenure at NASAGoddard, Dr. Mushotzky had been involved in the acquisition, analysis andinterpretation of data from many of the X-ray spectroscopy and imagingexperiments flown in space. He is presently an interdisciplinary scientist onthe Chandra Science Working Group, a mission scientist on the XMM ScienceAdvisory Group and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Astro2010 Review. In 2009, he left NASA to be a full professor at the University ofMaryland. In June 2011, Dr. Mushotzky received the NASA Honor Award – Distinguished ServiceMedal in recognition of his remarkable scientific career, his influence on the development of x-rayastronomy and the inspiration he has provided to generations of young astrophysicists. This is thehighest honor that NASA confers. His accolades also include the NASA Medal for ExceptionalScientific Achievement in 1983 and 2003, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2000 andthe Goddard Space Flight Center Lindsay Award for Scientific Achievement in 1985 and the RobertGoddard award in 2010. He has been the author and co-author of more than 360 referred publicationsincluding numerous mentions in “Science News” and the New York Times. The Joint Space ScienceInstitute (JSI), the University of Maryland – Department of Astronomy, and NASA Goddard arehosting a three-day international scientific conference in June 2012 honoring him. Dr. Mushotzkyreceived his B.S. from MIT, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.Thomas J. McCabe, mathematician, entrepreneur, author and founder ofMcCabe Software is widely recognized as an international superstar in thehigh-tech world for his early work on cyclomatic complexity and for solvingthe Y2K computer challenge. McCabe is a highly sought after speaker andhas presented throughout the United States, Italy, China, Greece includingtestifying before Congress and appearing on CNN. He is the recipient ofmany awards including the international Stevens Award, created to recognizeoutstanding contributions to the literature or practice of methods for softwareand systems development, and the University of Connecticut’s Distinguished Graduate Award. Tomhas authored many scholarly computer publications and a book of poetry. He founded and leads theArtists Connection, the Mentors Network and Washington, DC Entrepreneurs, three organizationsthat inspire and encourage creative expression and entrepreneurial ideals.  Rebecca Alban Hoffberger is a recognized leader in the arts, human rights,and spirituality. She is both Founder and Director of the innovative AmericanVisionary Art Museum in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, designated by unanimousvote of Congress as America’s official national museum for intuitive self-taughtartistry. This wildly popular museum celebrates the grassroots spirit and powerof the individual as it communally explores grand and timeless themes, fleshedout by bold, imaginative, thematic exhibitions and programming. Hoffbergeris the recipient of many honors including Maryland’s Top 100 Women and 8
  • 9. M a s s o n i A r t / Press Release / February, 2012the Urban Land Institute’s coveted National Award for Excellence. In addition to a 1996 HonoraryDoctorate from the Maryland Institute of Art (followed by doctorates from four additionalinstitutions), she was awarded the title of ‘Dame’ for her work on behalf of establishing medicalfield hospitals in Nigeria. She received the Sarah’s Circle Award, celebrating the diversity and strengthof women’s spiritual presence in the world, from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland; theGolda Meier Award and the Baltimore Urban League’s Award for Outstanding Involvement andSupport of Equal Opportunity. She was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame andrecognized with The Willow Award for helping establish the education mission of the NYC LowerEast Side Girls Club. A life-long activist, Hoffberger is widely published on a broad range of subjectsand served on the Board of Directors of the Elisabeth Kubler Ross Center. In 2011, she was awardedthe Katherine Coffey Award by the Mid- Atlantic Association of Museums.Erik H. Neil is the Director of the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland.He has served successfully in this position for the last two years, garneringpraise for his guidance of the museum during a challenging economic periodand his leadership in setting the stage for long-term growth and development.Neil is an accomplished museum professional who began his career as Directorof the Newcomb Art Gallery of Tulane University; he was also an adjunctprofessor in the History of Art at Tulane. More recently he was the ExecutiveDirector of the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, New York where he spear-headed the complete renovation of the museum building, organized a series of critically acclaimedexhibitions, and introduced new fundraising events. He holds an undergraduate degree in Historyfrom Princeton University and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in the History ofArt and Architecture. He also earned a certificate in Museum Leadership from the prestigious GettyLeadership Institute in California. In his scholarly publications, Neil has investigated the relationshipsbetween art, science and collecting in early modern museums and gardens. He also has writtenabout the mathematics and architecture in Italy and Sicily in the 17th and 18th centuries. Originallya scholar of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Architecture he has also lectured, published andcurated in the areas of Modern Architecture, Contemporary Art and the History of Photography. t t t MassoniArt | 203 High Street, Chestertown, Maryland 21620 410-778-7330 | info@massoniart.com | www.massoniart.com Contact: Carla Massoni | 410-708-4512 iPhone | cmassoni@mac.com 9