Langsdorf/Capuciati at SSG

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 7:15am

Have you ever had a party with the moon?

Spring Street Gallery is featuring new work from photographer Robin B. Langsdorf and ceramic artist Karen Capuciati – together in a show titled, Having a Party with the Moon. The show runs through Friday, Aug. 24. The public is invited to the opening reception on Saturday, Aug 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.

“For as long as I can remember I have been drawn to the extraordinary beauty of the moon in all its phases,” says Robin. “I delight in its powerful shifting energy and how it affects planetary activity, including our oceans, people, animals and birds.  In another unrelated vein, I am also drawn to abandoned relics and the layers of paint left behind. Following a recent trip to Cuba I started seeing how the layers of color parallel the color and brilliance I observe in the rising moon and scenic skies. That reflection inspired the idea, why not have a party with the moon?  In this show, I have paired images of the moon with layers of colorful paint in beautiful places.” 

Working separately over the winter, the moon became a focus of each artist as they developed art for this upcoming show. “Earlier this season Robin sent me the images she had selected. I was struck by their sheer beauty, but also was amazed at the coincidence of the moon showing up in her work, as it did in mine,” reflected Karen.  

“The moon reminds me that there is something bigger in effect, bringing me a grander perspective. When working with clay, shapes and designs come to me organically — and moons started to show up for me.”

Karen created and fired her pottery at Dunn Town Studio here on Block Island. The work is mostly raku-fired, which is a firing technique adopted from Japan that uses an outdoor kiln from which pieces are pulled at molten-hot temperatures and placed into wood shavings that then combust into fire.  This dramatic process can create crackled glaze that is accentuated by the carbon that gets trapped in the reduction process.  

Robin and Karen are both members of the Spring Street Gallery, a non-profit artist cooperative. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.