Idiosyncrasies: Works by Gigi Alvaré

171 Cedar Arts Center presents Idiosyncrasies: Works by Gigi Alvaré, on Display in the Houghton Gallery at 155 Cedar Street from April 8 – June 17, 2022. Opening Reception will be April 8 from 5 to 8 pm, with an Artist Talk at 6:30 pm. Gigi Alvaré is an educator, artist, and performer living in Corning, NY.  From 2001 to 2018, she was the Director of Education at The Rockwell Museum in Corning, and prior to that a teaching-artist, actor, illustrator, and playwright, conducting programs in schools and art centers throughout New York State.  As an artist, her work has been exhibited throughout New York State at galleries and art centers. Gigi received a Lifetime Service Award in 2018 from The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. She also received an Individual Artist grant in 2020 for her creation of Homage to the Recurring Themes in My Life a series of eight paintings and poems, which was exhibited at the Rockwell Museum.

Artist Statement | Idiosyncrasies: Works by Gigi Alvaré

Much like the musical form of Jazz relies on the fundamental elements of music and then allows an imaginative and improvisational play of sound and rhythm to unfold- I do the same with line, color, and shape. The paintings I create are biomorphic abstractions – inspired by forms, shapes, and patterns in the natural world. My work is also inspired by East Asian landscape painting as it seeks to represent the mind and spirit rather than direct imitation of what is being viewed. My work is an intuitive, process-based exploration which I believe can be an inspiration to viewers who are dealing with the surprises and uncertainties of life on our planet and in our daily lives.

Abstractions of the natural world and the play of geometric forms in conjunction with abstract figurative forms have been the themes I have worked with over the past two decades. I primarily have used water-based paints and inks to achieve movement, gesture, and flow. My artwork for this exhibition continues the exploration of my personal relationship with the natural world through the mediums of inks, watercolors, oils, and pastels. I am seeking a way to express both my conscious and subconscious connection to nature especially in terms of life’s uncertainties both personally and on a global level.

TIMELINE:

Showcase Reception:  Friday, April 8, 2022 | 5-8 PM

Exhibition on View: April 8 – June 17, 2022

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome and appreciated!