The Art of Alexander Shundi January 16 – April 14, 2016
Saturday, January 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
MILLERTON, NY—The Moviehouse Studio Gallery, 48 Main Street, Millerton, NY is proud to announce the opening of its winter exhibition featuring the works of esteemed painter, sculptor, and professor, Alexander Shundi.
The exhibition will focus on paintings, and a collection of collages accompanied by poems, written by Shundi in English or Italian with the accompanied translations, and will open with a gallery talk by the artist followed by a reception on Saturday, January 16 from 5-7pm at 48 Main Street Millerton. Both are free of charge and open to the public.
The collages/poems are conceived to explore a synergy between expression in spoken-written language, and reactions to visual images. It is all an illusion, primarily. But what follows is of interest: one may serve as a key to decipher the other, and vice versa.
The pieces are conceived primarily as illustration in its purity of meaning: to shed light on a thought concept. Both the discipline of vision and of the written poem, have much in common in the formal means of expression, as in their requirement for balance, mystery, rhythm, atmosphere, and harmony.
As a master of his craft, Shundi’s works display a complex and imaginative mind that is rarely at rest. His work is compositionally intricate, and rich in symbolism. Brimming with references to religion, sacred geometry, spirituality and mythology, the work incorporates organic forms, often set within an architectural framework, and often plays with perspective in a unique way – think Bosch, meets Dali with overtones of José Clemente Orozco and De Chirico, while paying homage to African, Amerindian, and early Italian Renaissance art, all within a particularly subjective interpretation of space and time very much within context of modernism.
Born Alexander Bocchialini Shundi in Correggio, Italy, Shundi lived in Parma until his family moved to the U.S. in 1957. He obtained a BFA and MFA from Yale University, and went on to study at many prestigious institutions including Brera Academy in Milan and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. His talent and unique approach have led to distinguished teaching positions at Silvermine College of Art in New Canaan, CT, and State University of New York (SUNY Purchase). Shundi also founded and ran the Santa Fe International Academy of Art in New Mexico where he taught painting, figure, landscape, drawing and art history, and has served as Dean of the Silvermine-La Coste school of Art in La Coste, Provence, France, and the Artsworks Forum School, in Millerton, NY. He is currently professor of Art History and Drawing at the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan, and conducts intensive advanced painting classes in his studio-residence, a converted 1852 church in Amenia, New York. Alex also teaches advanced painting for the Arts on the Lake, Lake Carmel, NY, in addition to a full lecturing schedule, and has exhibited both nationally and internationally throughout his career.