‘Claudia Waters: The Figure in Motion’ at Steinberg Museum of Art at LIU Post June 1 – July 19
New Jersey artist’s medium- and large-scale paintings focus on capturing movement and moments at the shore and in the pool
Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University
Brookville, N.Y. – “Claudia Waters: The Figure in Motion,” a solo exhibition of oil paintings, will be on display at Steinberg Museum of Art, formerly known as Hillwood Art Museum, at Long Island University/LIU Post in Brookville, N.Y., from June 1 through July 19, 2013. An opening reception, to be held on June 1, 2013 from 4 to 6 p.m., is free and open to the public.
This major exhibition, organized by Barbara Applegate, Director of Steinberg Museum of Art, features Montclair, N.J., painter Claudia Waters’ figurative seashore and pool paintings. “Claudia Waters: The Figure in Motion” brings together more than 30 of the artist’s iconic medium- and large-scale oil paintings. The artist favors authenticity over pretense or mere prettiness in her approach. Her polyptych configurations group sequential canvases that portray series of stop-action postures that reference Eadweard Muybridge’s motion studies. Waters paints in oil on fine linen that has four coats of oil ground stretched over handcrafted basswood supports.
The paintings distill the essence of specific moments often involving movement to express universal themes — unobserved moments preserved. Waters’ paintings preserve these unobserved moments while recalling the fleeting nature of existence. Both the shore and pool environments provide a simple, abstract backdrop for the figure and represent a metaphor for life.
“The natural world of the seashore is an ideal place to contemplate life. I capture the essence of a moment so it’s not forgotten or unnoticed, acknowledging the persistence of movement, change, and the passage of time,” she said. “The underwater pool environment acts as a lens or filter through which the figure may be observed. Color, pattern, light, reflections, shadows, and bubbles, created, transformed, and refracted by the water and the figure cause spontaneous abstractions that may imply introspection, mystery, and perhaps the unknowable.”
“Ms. Waters’ work is a fantastic combination of reality and abstraction,” said Barbara Applegate, director of the Steinberg Museum of Art. “Her layered, and sometimes translucent, paintings investigate what we see and what we perceive. In each composition there is an intricate balance of color composition and a variety of form. We are fortunate to have this exhibition in its perfect season – summer.”
About the artist: Waters earned a BFA from Parsons School of Design and studied painting at the Art Students League and the Yard School of Art. Her paintings have been exhibited extensively in national and regional venues. Solo and group exhibitions include the Arnot Art Museum, The Butler Institute of American Art, the Court Gallery at William Patterson University, the Edward Williams Gallery at Fairleigh Dickinson University, City Without Walls, The George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, and The Arts Guild of Rahway. Her work was part of the 2010 New Jersey Arts Annual: Fine Art, Reality + Artifice, at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. Claudia Waters lives and works in Montclair, N.J. Her paintings are in numerous private collections. For more information, please visit her Web site at www.claudiawaters.com or contact the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Steinberg Museum of Art: Steinberg Museum of Art at Hillwod, formerly Hillwood Art Museum, consistently provides an environment that encourages exploration of the visual arts. The Museum supports the broader cultural and educational mission of its parent institution, Long Island University, for the good of the campus and broader Long Island community. The Museum, which is located at LIU Post in Brookville, N.Y., presents a year-round schedule of temporary and permanent exhibitions that cover topics from antiquity to the cutting edge of contemporary art. The 4,500 square foot Museum boasts a beautiful curved gallery which Phyllis Braff of The New York Times has called “one of the Island’s most dramatic showcases for art." Hillwood Art Museum’s impressive and eclectic Permanent Collection consists of objects dating from the earliest of man’s creative endeavors to contemporary art. LIU Post, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (summer hours). For further information call 516-299-4073, or visit the Web site at www.liu.edu/museum.
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