St. Tammany Art Association presents a new exhibition, The Space Between: Sculpture by Rick Brunner and Jonathan Pellitteri. The exhibit will be on display August 22 through September 26, 2020 in the Miriam Barranger Gallery of the Arthouse, 320 N. Columbia St. in downtown Covington, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 22 at 5pm – 8pm.
Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, guests to the reception are required to register in advance for timed tickets to ensure limited attendance and adequate space for social distancing. These free timed tickets can be obtained by visiting the STAA website at www.sttammany.art.
The Space Between features sculptural works by nationally and internationally recognized artists, Rick Brunner and Jonathan Pellitteri. The show’s title sets out to create a question for the viewer, “What happens in the space between the artwork and the viewer in a gallery setting? Both Brunner and Pellitteri address this question in their work using objects from nature manipulated with man-made materials. Both artists bring a mixture of form and concept, antiquity and modernity, energy and stillness to their work. The way each artist deals with the issue of space in finished works both differs and overlaps.
For Brunner, nature itself is the designer, and he seeks to pull forms from the environment and enhance its inherent beauty with his own intuitive skills as a woodworker and sculptor, thus engaging the audience to look at nature through a new set of lenses created by the artist. Pellitteri draws the audience into intricate spaces, combining miniature and life size objects that are themselves narratives on environment and nature. The artist states, “With the objects I create, I impart to the viewer a setting for their imagination to expand upon, informed by their own experiences, and guided by curiosity.”
New Orleans native Rick Brunner was introduced to woodworking by his father, an engineer, and to art by his mother through her regular investigations of a variety of media, allowing him to explore and discover his own talents. His passion for creating three-dimensional objects as a boy coupled with the culturally rich influences of growing up in South Louisiana led him to explore the world of fine art. Growing up around the swampy woods and investigating the natural world around him was a valuable resource for stimulation and allowed the luxury of fantasy which has continued to inspire much of his work.
After receiving his Master’s degree in sculpture at the University of Notre Dame, Brunner returned to the South and opened a studio in Baton Rouge. With a trained eye for sculpture and a deep appreciation for wood, Rick also learned the craft of furniture-making and incorporated it into his professional work. His sculpture and furniture have been exhibited art galleries and museums across the country and throughout the region, and has been included in major art collections nationally and internationally. Currently, he works out of his North Shore studio, a timber-frame style studio made from local trees that he built himself and considers his “finest sculpture."
Jonathan Pellitteri is an artist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. His studio practice focuses on sculptural objects that combine an appreciation for craft with a curiosity for materials, and a desire to tell stories. Pellitteri was raised outside of Boston where he was introduced to the construction trades that have weighed heavily on his approach to art-making. Since leaving his native New England, Pellitteri has lived and worked in North Carolina, Louisiana, North Dakota, Italy and Switzerland. Each place has had an enormous impact on the materials, techniques and imagery found in his work. Pellitteri’s artwork has been shown in numerous museums and galleries throughout the United States and parts of Europe. It is included in many public, private and corporate collections.
Online video interviews with the artists, in their studios discussing their work, will be featured throughout the exhibition period. For more details, check STAA’s Facebook page and website, www.sttammany.art, for links.
The St. Tammany Art Association's gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays, 11am – 4pm. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.
St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) is supported by the generosity of its members, volunteers, sponsors and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, St. Tammany Parish Government. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.
Learn more about the artists and the exhibition at https://www.sttammany.art/current-exhibition.