Linear Composition: Sylvia Benitez, Richard Lee Humphreville, Tim Lovejoy, Mark McKee, Gabriel Warren

June 30 – August 20

Alva Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Linear Composition, an exhibition featuring five diverse American artists whose work for this show thematically relates to the line. That is not to say that this is a drawing show, as one might assume. In fact, it is a compilation of drawings, sculpture, installation and furniture. It is safe to assume, however, that all of these artists began with lines on paper and all have ended up with linear compositions whether still on paper, in the air or simply reflected in the “line” of the single table in the exhibition.Linear Composition, which opens on June 30, features Sylvia Benitez, Richard Lee Humphreville, Tim Lovejoy, Mark McKee and Gabriel Warren.

Sylvia Benitez, a sculptor, is perpetually involved with lines. She incorporates organic materials into both outside and indoor site installations that define space by delineating its emptiness. Her work in this show takes over a corner of the gallery with strings connecting a ceiling armature to the floor, creating a visual curtain which can be both looked at and seen through. The installation is complemented with balls of intricately wound-up vines that beg to be detangled. In addition, a series of drawings illustrating her installations will be shown. Benitez, who lives and works in Maryland, has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the US as well as internationally. She has also been the recipient of many residencies and awards, including the prestigious Pollock-Krasner. Benitez currently has a string – vine installation on view at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her BFA from the University of Maryland.

Richard Lee Humphreville, a long-time New London resident, made a fateful leap in 1977 from the corporate world to that of a master cabinetmaker. Table For Two: A Study in Balance and Composition presents an interesting spin on the concept of the line. The table evolved over the span of three years and juxtaposes Flaming Birch, fused glass, copper findings and bar, red oak, aluminum and walnut for a unique blend of found objects with high-end cabinetry art. Humphreville also teaches furniture making in the New London area.

Tim Lovejoy, started his career as a film producer and has ended up a primarily self-taught artist. After studying at The Sorbonne and Yale, he worked in the Peace Corps in East Africa and Morocco. He now splits his time between New York City and Hadlyme, Connecticut. Lovejoy’s work is informed by his extensive travels in Europe, Africa and Cuba. His recent work includes San Marco and other drawings of Venetian venues. The pastels, on white and tinted paper, evoke nostalgia for another time. His renderings of historic architecture are delicately soft and subtle. Other works in the exhibition includes drawings done while the artist was in Morocco. Tim Lovejoy has had numerous exhibitions in the US and abroad and is represented by W. M. Brady in New York.

Mark McKee, a Stonington resident, was a self-taught artist until 1998 when he graduated from the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. He received their coveted John Stobart Fellowship. Best known for his paintings on canvas augmented with found objects, here McKee uses the classical medium of drawing to express his ongoing search for the balance between the real and the surreal. McKee recently spent time in Sofia, Bulgaria as an artist-in-residence at the Orpheus Foundation. He has received numerous awards and grants and currently serves on a variety of arts-related boards. McKee has had many solo and group exhibitions nationally and in Europe.

Gabriel Warren is a sculptor, explorer and educator living in both Rhode Island and northern Canada. His primary artistic focus is the juxtaposition of natural and man-made elements. Warren has traveled extensively in Antarctica, Alaska and Newfoundland studying the glaciers, ice sheets and shelves, icebergs and floes in order to provide himself with the geological background that informs his work. Warren’s Matrix Series, from the mid-eighties, precedes his interest in ice, but the work is still centrally concerned with human/nature relationships. In each piece, there is a bipartite juxtaposition of a truss-like frame and an inserted object. The intriguing sculpture #5 is an 8-foot construction of steel and granite, which juts its presence into the exhibition space.

VIEW ARTISTS:   Mark McKee   |   Gabriel Warren