Historic City Hall to Open Three Extraordinary Exhibits
Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center will open three new exhibitions on Friday January 12. An opening reception will take place from 5:30-8pm with no admission.
In the exhibition entitled Freeing the Gesture, Donald Martiny works with polymers and dispersed pigments. He has developed a methodology that enables him to isolate his sumptuous, almost sculptural, brushstrokes and lift them off the wall. The nature of his material is such that Martiny can work in a much larger scale than if he were dependent on a canvas surface; indeed, each singular brushstroke might range from two to as much as six-feet in length. Installed, these compelling monochromatic gestures immediately breathe a new kind of life into the gallery space.
Donald Martiny was born in Schenectady, NY in 1953 and currently lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His work is represented by galleries in Europe, the U.S. and Australia and is collected internationally. In 2015 Martiny received a commission from the Durst Organization to create two monumental paintings that were permanently installed in the lobby of One World Trade Center in New York City. Freeing the Gesture is on tour from the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and will hang in the third floor gallery at Historic City Hall through March 3.
Historic City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Charlestown Farmers’ Market is open on Bilbo Street behind the center every Saturday 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, please call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.