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Bailis & Solomon: The Assemblagist’s Perspective

Bailis & Solomon: The Assemblagist's Perspective, open for two more weeks.

Press release from Beth Bailis.

Dates: January 14- March 13, 2011
First Friday, March 4, open until 9:00 P.M.

Gallery hours: Friday-Sunday 12-6 P.M., and by appointment

The reception on February 12, 2011 of the cutting edge exhibit of Beth
Bailis and Judith Solomon was received with many comments, such as, “original”
and “ingenious." The Assemblagist’s Perspective at Innovative Arts gallery
invites the viewer to experience the unique outlook of 2 artists who experiment
with disparate materials—found objects, unusual surfaces, and ceramic shapes.

As Eileen McTiernan , gallery director of Mount Beacon Fine Arts
stated, “Bailis’ work often breaks the limits of traditional square canvas and two
dimensional space, with objects reaching out and off in every direction. In her
engagement of three-dimensional space, Ms. Bailis is as much a sculptor as a
painter and collage artist. Her rescue of ‘throw away ‘objects is a reminder that
everything has aesthetic potential.”

Bailis exhibits her Fusion Paintings in numerous galleries and museums
including the Chelsea Art Museum, the Fusion Arts museum and Godwin-
Ternbach Museum at Queens College. She is on the faculty of St. John’s
University, The Westside Y, and Pratt Institute.

Solomon was highlighted as Artist of the Month in the February 2011
Peekskill Beat, published by the Office of Economic Development in Peekskill.

Innovative Arts Gallery showcases and promotes artists working in a variety of
media, to offer visitors a setting to exchange ideas and enhance their knowledge
and awareness.

Deborah Yaffe March 22, 2011 at 06:03 PM
Deborah Yaffe This is just a personal comment, not about the artwork per se, but about the art community. I grew up near Peekskill until my family moved away in 1976. It was a city, if not dying, on the way to it. Yes, I understand that like Williamsburg art communities grow and then change, look at Soho. But it was such a pleasant surprise to see Peekskill humming because of the art community, and for heaven's sakes, can't you all work together and keep it that way?
Alan Kravitz March 23, 2011 at 12:42 AM
Enough with the negative and Peekskill put-downs. First if you have never visited the Innovative Art gallery you should. After climbing the stairs you enter into a spectacular professional exhibition space. The high end windows draw the eye to view the installation as a whole. The lighting and mounting system lend this space to complete display flexibility. Obviously Solomon and Siegel invested a lot of time, thought, care and money into the creation of this great Peekskill space. Innovative Art installation Bailis & Solomon: The Assemblagist's Perspective was delightful. Bailis with color and fabric dominating while Solomon with shape and contrasting elements dominating. Two artists, both assemblagists, different but both pleasure to see and wonderfully displayed against each other. As for Innovative Arts winning the curatorial role in City Hall perhaps it was not only because they were the low bidders amongst many entrants, but also because in their own space they had proved that they know how to create a professional installation. Perhaps if more people would give just a little, the way Innovative Arts has, to forward Peekskill as a great art and jazz destination place we will all benefit. Thank you
Leslie Lawler March 23, 2011 at 01:09 AM
Mr. Kravitz, again, I will repeat my comments have absolutely nothing to do with the caliber and quality of the art in this studio. You are however, incorrect regarding your analysis as to why Innovative got the award. I will simply refer you to the resolution dated December 2010, available on the City's website for your perusal. The resolution itself states that there were three bidders, however only TWO were interviewed. (which by the way does quantify as "many entrants") So in fact, we do not really know who was the low bidder if all those that bid were interviewed. Further, municipal bidding laws provide that the "qualified low bid" gets the award; how creative someone is with the use of professional space has no merit or bearing on the award, but it sounds like you maybe know something regarding why Innovative got the award that the rest of us don't. Thank you for the intriguing insight.
Alan Kravitz March 23, 2011 at 01:14 AM
Everyone who applied submitted a bid. These bids are available. My insight is in the public domain there is transparency per legal requirements. Innovative Arts was the low bidder.
Leslie Lawler March 23, 2011 at 01:30 AM
We apparently will differ on the definition of "transparency." Taxpayers would like to know why all three bidders weren't interviewed. Hey, I'm just reading the resolution exactly as written.

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