“Paper Trail,” paper montages by Paul Plumadore, and “Inside/Out,” constructed canvases by Phyllis Bulkin Lehrer, may be viewed now through May 8 at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg, N.Y.
The shows are free and open to the public.
’A choreographic process’
Plumadore creates his paper art with scalpels, acid-free glues, and antique and vintage printed matter.
“I have no artistic philosophy other than to follow where my eye leads me and to create images that may shock or disorient the complacent mind,” Plumadore said.
Other than his extensive experience in modern dance and two years of study at the New York University Film School, he has had no formal art training. But he calls on his dance background when creating paper art.
“Personally, I think of it as a choreographic process,” he said.
He is currently a curator of The Great Wall of Honesdale, a public art project of epic proportions, with partner Jim Tindell. They live and garden in Milanville, Pa.
‘A mind/body sense of place’
“Inside/Out” is an installation inspired by the environment of Sullivan County. They consist of 2D three-screen and shaped canvases with adhered paper works .
“A mark is the ultimate analog gesture,” said Lehrer. “The stroke of the hand and its impact on the surface it connects with is a constant I embrace regardless of the medium with which I create my art.”
Site-specific renderings — environmental portraits — are inserted into abstract configurations. “The resulting images combine the imagined with the observed, producing a right/left brain mesh or a mind/body sense of place,” said Lehrer.
She said art has the potential to take the observer away from their usual self-conscious frame of reference, so that they see themselves in relationship to the world around them. “If I can in a small way seek to foster this potential, then as an artist I have done my job,” she said.
Walk-ins are welcome to visit the shows. Building capacity is currently limited to 15 guests.
Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and by appointment.
The activities of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For more information, visit delawarevalleyartsalliance.org or call 845-252-7576