The Hollow

“Abbot Road Park, Michigan” (1), oxidized gelatin silver print,

“Abbot Road Park, Michigan” (1), oxidized gelatin silver print,

“Farm Field, Somerset, NJ”, gelatin silver contact print from paper negative by Patricia A. Bender

“Farm Field, Somerset, NJ”, gelatin silver contact print from paper negative by Patricia A. Bender

“Backyard, Somerset, NJ”, gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Backyard, Somerset, NJ”, gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Maple River, Michigan”, oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Maple River, Michigan”, oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Sleeping Bear Tree Canopy”, oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Sleeping Bear Tree Canopy”, oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Abbot Road Park, Michigan (2)”, oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Abbot Road Park, Michigan (2)”, oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Michigan Farm Tree”, unique oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Michigan Farm Tree”, unique oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Winter, Somerset, NJ”, oxidized gelatin silver prints by Patricia A. Bender

“Winter, Somerset, NJ”, oxidized gelatin silver prints by Patricia A. Bender

“Michigan Farm Field”, unique oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Michigan Farm Field”, unique oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Sacandaga Beach, NY”, unique solarized and oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Sacandaga Beach, NY”, unique solarized and oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Central Park, Okemos, Michigan”, oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Central Park, Okemos, Michigan”, oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Four Mile Creek (1)”:, oxidized gelatin silver print

“Four Mile Creek (1)”:, oxidized gelatin silver print

“Four Mile Creek (2)”, oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Four Mile Creek (2)”, oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Poisonberries”, oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Poisonberries”, oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Old Apple Tree”, oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Old Apple Tree”, oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Baby May Apples”, oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Baby May Apples”, oxidized gelatin silver print by Patricia A. Bender

“Dendroid II” transfer, acrylic and graphite by Kelly Clark

“Dendroid II” transfer, acrylic and graphite by Kelly Clark

“Undone”, wax, transfer, collage and alcohol die by Kelly Clark

“Undone”, wax, transfer, collage and alcohol die by Kelly Clark

Sansphere”, bamboo and collage by Kelly Clark

Sansphere”, bamboo and collage by Kelly Clark

“Bennett Valley”, pit fired clay, acrylic by Kelly Clark

“Bennett Valley”, pit fired clay, acrylic by Kelly Clark

“Dendroid”, transfer, collage and graphite by Kelly Clark

“Dendroid”, transfer, collage and graphite by Kelly Clark

“Guarino”, ceramic, glaze and gold by Kelly Clark

“Guarino”, ceramic, glaze and gold by Kelly Clark

“Providence”, Xerox transfer, pastel and acrylic by Kelly Clark

“Providence”, Xerox transfer, pastel and acrylic by Kelly Clark

“Heckerling”, graphite, wax, bamboo and collage by Kelly Clark

“Heckerling”, graphite, wax, bamboo and collage by Kelly Clark

“Guarino II”, clay and glaze by Kelly Clark

“Guarino II”, clay and glaze by Kelly Clark

“Montserrat” , alcohol dye and collage by Kelly Clark

“Montserrat” , alcohol dye and collage by Kelly Clark

“Orr”, clay, glaze and gold by Kelly Clark

“Orr”, clay, glaze and gold by Kelly Clark

“Obligate Mutualist”,  hand cut paper sculpture by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Obligate Mutualist”, hand cut paper sculpture by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Eukaryote”,  hand cut paper sculpture by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Eukaryote”, hand cut paper sculpture by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Sunsoaked”,  hand cut paper collage by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Sunsoaked”, hand cut paper collage by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Misanthrope”,  hand cut paper sculpture by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Misanthrope”, hand cut paper sculpture by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Profane Idol II”  hand cut paper, silk screen sculpture by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Profane Idol II” hand cut paper, silk screen sculpture by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Carried in Budapest” canvas print by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Carried in Budapest” canvas print by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Superstitious”,  hand cut paper collage by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Superstitious”, hand cut paper collage by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Coiled Breath”,  hand cut paper sculpture by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Coiled Breath”, hand cut paper sculpture by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Shard”, mounted vintage book page print by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Shard”, mounted vintage book page print by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Fluke II”,  hand cut paper sculpture by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Fluke II”, hand cut paper sculpture by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Entranced”,  hand cut paper sculpture by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Entranced”, hand cut paper sculpture by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Secret History”, book sculpture – by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Secret History”, book sculpture – by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Salt”,  hand cut paper sculpture   – by Alex Eckman-Lawn

“Salt”, hand cut paper sculpture – by Alex Eckman-Lawn

Hamilton Street Gallery is proud to present an exhibition entitled, “The Hollow” featuring the works of three artists: Patricia A. Bender, a photographer who uses traditional cameras and processes her prints in the dark room, Kelly Clark, who experiments in different techniques to construct images in mixed media, and Alex Eckman-Lawn, who creates fine, intricate hand cut paper sculptures and collages. The exhibit will run from May, 20th. to July 6th. with an opening reception on Saturday, May 20th. from 2 to 5 pm. All are welcome to this free event.

Statement

A clearing in a forest is a vessel, inhabited by infinite, ceaseless manifestations of life’s many stages, erupting from and returning to nothingness. The surrounding trees act as sentinels, silent observers, maintaining the sanctity of this space – The Hollow. Just as the walls of a room, such as an artist’s studio, listen in perpetual stasis as we conjure experiences, alone and with others, the parameters of this sanctum contribute as much to its definition as do its contents. It is a place in which to hide, to create, and to listen, encased in a membrane, which may be concrete, or a construct of one’s mind. This exhibit, comprised of works by three artists, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Patricia A. Bender, and Kelly Clark, evokes The Hollow in various ways. Included are representations of the space itself and its many forms – both naturalistic and fantastic – in disparate states of growth and decay, musings on the notion of being its inhabitant, and images that ask us to turn our eyes to the trees, walls, or confines themselves, be they real or imaginary. The Hollow – in a painting, up the road, at the edge of a forest, or in your mind – beckons.

Caitlin T. McCormack