The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is pleased to exhibit ‘Present,” a collaborative exhibit featuring a combination of collage and oil paintings by area artists Tom Livo, Carl George, and Andrew Langlois, now on display through May 30, 2017 in the Gallery@VT.
Artist Tom Livo is driven by an inner necessity to understand the primal power of images that he's collected throughout life; landscapes, seascapes, portraits, and still life jog his memory and fascinate him via color, texture, aura and glow. Tom Livo's oil paintings are distillations of artifacts of memory, experiential amplifications of inclinations we subliminally share. The process of painting allows him to break down an image to an archetype which strikes a universal emotional chord. He paints these images to promote the healing of the soul, as well as to retrieve the core spirit of his own personal reflection, turning the personal into the universal. His personal reading of subject matter inspires him. Painting allows him to lose himself in the act of creation in effort to gain objectivity. The goal is that the work will inspire.
Carl George is an artist and experimental filmmaker specializing in collage, an art historian and a curator. He has curated art exhibitions for The Armand Hammer Museum, The Kinsey Institute, Warner Brothers and Paramount Studios and Cinecitta Studios, Rome. Many of his short experimental films have shown in festivals internationally and are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Guggenheim Museum and the New York Public Library. His 1986 short film, The Lost 40 Days has recently been restored with the assistance of the National Film Preservation Foundation and is now in the permanent collections of the National Archive at the Library of Congress and Anthology Film Archives in New York.
Artist Andrew Langlois creation of displayed landscape images comes from a series completed titled Dreams: Brought To You By Zoloxilpro. The images themselves represent moments in the artist's life and significant memories. The illustrations drawn over these images represent interruptions. Having suffered from anxiety and depression throughout his life, Andrew Langlois can only describe the effects of each as interruptions which distract or eliminate parts of everyday life. This series was created during the period of time in which the artist started to realize the seriousness of the side effects of anti-depressant medication, and his attempts to stop taking them. The artist spent a long time with each image, analyzing what it meant. He then began to draw based solely on instinct, without trying to deliberately choose an object but creating something that became comforting. The self-portraits on display: Anger, Depression, and Elephant Playing Drums, became the next step in the process of the artist's transition away from anxiety and depression. He spent one night forcing himself to relive memories that caused extreme emotions like depression, rage, and bliss. He captured multiple images of himself going through these emotions and merged them together. After the images were complete, he began to write onto the images various thoughts that had gone through his head during each session.
This art exhibit at the Gallery@VT is also free and open to the public: Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; one hour prior to and during public performances at the theater; as well as by appointment by calling 734/394-5300. The Gallery@VT is closed on holidays.
The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road in Canton, is a regional center for the arts that offers the magic of live theatre, soul-stirring music, the thrill of the dance, and