Call it coincidence or cosmic circumstance, but four months after moving into their spacious new digs, Bottega Art and Wine Bar is hosting a show titled, “IV.” It will feature four longtime patrons, friends and local artists. This Friday, December 19 the myriad talents of Addie Wuensch, Grey Pascal, German Martinez, and Jared Tramaglini will be presented through an array of mixed mediums on display.
“IV” is actually a follow-up to an exhibit (aptly named “3”) that Wuensch, Pascal and Martinez put together in October of 2013. The show’s success, combined with the group’s camaraderie, left them all sensing that there would be another.
“We are like art soul mates,” Wuensch tells. “We get it. We get each other. We can do us and go our own way, and as soon as we come back, we are on.”
It’s true. The energy of this group is palpable. It courses through all of their work and expands outward. It draws the viewer in for a personal experience. The addition of Tramaglini is testament to the trio’s magnetism, as it not only confirmed the show’s new identity but also sent a jolt of fresh creativity through the artist himself.
“Presenting a group show has been exciting and a source of inspiration,” Tramglini shares. “For this particular show, I will be unveiling a new medium and style. I don’t want to give away the surprise, but paint has been flying around my studio. Even my dogs haven’t been safe.”
Tramglini also is displaying a few pieces that showcase his signature style: a process that involves adhering vintage piano sheet music to wooden blocks and painting them with various symbols, creatures and geometric designs. A common thread connecting all the artists is the incorporation of found and everyday items into their work. As visionaries living in a “throw-away” society, what many deem as trash, they view as usable materials.
Martinez, for instance, is always seeking (and unconsciously enlisting friends) to collect commonplace items for his assemblages. His current installation is largely inspired by the environmental artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude—who are known for wrapping some of the world’s most famous structures and monuments— and comprises thousands of paper clips and aluminum can tabs. After being fastidiously linked together, they form a large, colorful and shimmery net that could easily drape a woman’s body.
“The name of the piece is called ‘Consumed,’ mainly because of all the beverages I drank,” Martinez says, “but also because of how [it] consumed me. I’m going to work on the net for the rest of my life. I’ve become obsessed with it.”
After recently completing the first leg of a portrait series project, Pascal excites in sharing some of his three-dimensional art with the community. He prefers to use materials that are available as a unit and repeated in the hundreds or thousands. A prime example are his lamp sculptures that are formed from countless eyeglass lenses. Two more light-inspired installations will be featured: a projection and an outdoor canopy.
“The film installation is a past work from a difficult time . . . when I was grieving major losses and not in control of my own life,” Pascal reveals. “I think it captures the feeling of the emotional vertigo I was going through at the time.”
The outdoor installation, which is constructed from painted trash bags and plumbing, will be designed to act as a canopy as well as a visual piece using existing light fixtures.
Wuensch’s contributions to the show stretch clear across the art spectrum to include paintings, jewelry crafted from collected treasures, performance art, and an installation. Her mixed-media piece titled “The Three Stages of Self” depicts the world as a lucid dream. The Van Gogh-esque clouds passing overhead brew and bubble with imaginative energy. Three figures and three feathers appear below, representing the intelligent and emotional connection between humans and animals.
As the catalyst for this show, her intense focus and fortitude embodies the spirit of what “IV” aims to convey. “This show is about finding your people,” she explains. “We are telling stories through abstraction…about our emotional wounds, our insecurities, our happiness, and [our] strengths. It’s about what inspires us and makes us want to be working artists.”
A final installation by Weunsch, which consists of found items painted in a gradient, will weave itself around much of the show’s work in the gallery and stretch as far outside as possible. She hints that it will end with a surprise—and if you haven’t already guessed, this show will be full of them.
Artwork by Addie Wuensch, Grey Pascal, German Martinez, and Jared Tramaglini
Bottega Art and Wine Bar
122 Princess St.
Friday, December 19, 6 p.m.
Sunday – Saturday, 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Hangs through Feb. 14