2011 Goetemann Artist Residency
This is the 7th year of the Goetemann Residency Program. The quality of the applications submitted has risen enormously and there has been an increase in our geographical range. Applicants have come not only from the Boston area, state of MA and New England, but now there are many more national and international candidates. Choosing only 3 from this list caused us to examine more carefully candidates who best serve the colony’s interest in diversity of stylistic orientation, career level, and understanding of the mission and objectives of our community of Rocky Nec
Ocean currents, navigation routes, intersection of land, sea, and sky, and the imagining of what exists in the unspecified depths of water are all sources for the paintings and works on paper by Kathy Soles. They suggest the mystery of what exists below the surface, sometimes turbulent and at other times quietly serene.
Soles holds a B.A. from Emmanuel College in Boston and an M.F.A. from American University in Washington, D.C. She studied printmaking and painting at Maryland Institute College of Art and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions. A professor of painting and drawing at Emmanuel College, she lives and maintains a studio in Milton, Massachusetts.
ARTIST STATEMENT: Duality is a theme that repeatedly makes its way into my work. Having spent my childhood in Taiwan, I am strongly influenced by my dual Chinese and Japanese heritage. Coming to America, I found my deeply held beliefs being constantly re-evaluated, challenged, and sometimes compromised. My work is a medium for me to revisit and gain new understanding from my immigration experience. My creativity is fueled by direct observation. My work is driven by the fascination with perceptual and visual experience of light and space. I am constantly seeking new ways to create an illusionistic space through an exploration of of lines, shapes, color and through the visceral act of painting, scraping and collaging materials. I draw upon images of the people, objects, and places that I observe and identify with on a personal level. These images and ideas are given substance and transformed through my painting and printmaking practices. I’ve received a BFA in Painting from University of Washington and MFA Painting degree from Boston University.
Conrad Armstrong is an American artist who currently lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic, where he splits his time between teaching English, making art, and exhibiting. One of Conrad’s primary interests is the intersection between landscape and memory in human culture and history. Over the last decade, Conrad’s work has dealt with this theme in various media and from different perspectives. Landscape paintings made from memory, topographic paper sculpture, mnemonically-encoded images, landscape installation, and drawing and painting in situ are all manifestations of this interest. In addition to this theme, Conrad has also produced other bodies of work and exhibitions on other subjects including fetish objects, the role of social networks in contemporary life, the relationship between cars and alternative modes of transportation, and the potential of the classroom as a creative space. Underlying all of Conrad’s work is a sense of curiosity, playfulness, and whimsy that results in a compelling and often funny experience for the viewer. Though he is quite familiar with the North Shore, Conrad is delighted to have the opportunity to deepen his relationship with the area while developing his work at Rocky Neck in September 2011.
Steven Aimone (M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing, Brooklyn College) is an artist, fine arts instructor, and independent curator who has taught numerous painting, drawing and visual composition workshops and courses to a wide variety of audiences: professional artists and artisans, college and university students, and most recently online to a national audience (produced in conjunction with AARP). He is the author of the Expressive Drawing: A Practical Guide to Freeing the Artist Within (hardcover 2009, Sterling Publishing) and DESIGN! A Lively Guide to Design Basics for Artists and Craftspeople, published by Lark Books (hardcover 2004, paperback 2007).
Aimone was a resident of Manhattan for much of his adult life where he earned an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Brooklyn College. His paintings have been the subject of four solo exhibitions in New York City, where he was also represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, and are included in corporate and private collections nationally. His most recent works–primarily monochromatic drawings and paintings–explore issues of flux, and emergence and dissipation.
Aimone currently teaches “The Spiritual Language of Art” workshops through Aimone Art Services (www.aimoneartservices.com), a joint venture with his wife, artist and author Katherine Duncan Aimone . They split their time between Asheville, North Carolina and Monhegan Island/Rockland, Maine.
Steven Aimone, author of the book, Expressive Drawing is a nationally known artist and workshop leader.