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"Emergence", Recent Works by Steven Specht - 3D virtual exhibition by 4 Elements Studio

"Emergence", Recent Works by Steven Specht

Mon, 04/05/2021 to Fri, 05/14/2021

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4 Elements Studio is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of collage artist Steven Specht. The exhibition, “Emergence”, will be available for viewing from April 5 through May 14. If you would like to purchase an artwork, please purchase directly from the 4 Elements website at https://www.4elementsstudio.org/specht.html

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-person viewings are by appointment only at this time. Please make a reservation at https://www.4elementsstudio.org/specht.html

An artist talk is also scheduled for Saturday, May 8 at 1pm. The talk will take place in the gym downstairs of 4 Elements Studio. The artist talk will be socially distanced, face masks required, guests/patrons will be limited, and temperatures will be checked upon entering. The artist talk is free to the public and reservations will be required.

NOTE - All artwork sizes were doubled to accommodate the website's virtual exhibition specs/dimensions. Actual artwork sizes are described in the artwork descriptions.

ARTIST BIO
Steven Specht is a Signature Member of the National Collage Society and has exhibited his artwork regularly in the annual juried exhibits of the National Collage Society, winning the “Excellence in Collage” award in 2012. He has also shown work internationally including the Climate Gallery in New York City and the 17th Annual Salon of Contemporary Collage in Paris, France. He has been awarded “First Place: Mixed Media” at the New York State Fair Art Exhibit and was selected as one of only ten collage artists internationally to participate in “The Power of N” Project in New Zealand in 2011. He has had solo shows at The Other Side in Utica, Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, The Mohawk Valley Community Arts Center in Little Falls and The Black Gryphon in Elizabethtown, PA. He has also contributed articles to Kolaj Magazine, an international contemporary collage journal based in Montreal. Specht lives in New Hartford and is Professor of Psychology at Utica College.

ARTIST STATEMENT
“Like most collage artists, I am a collector, an explorer, and an experimenter. I sometimes feel like an entomologist collecting rare and beautiful specimens – in this case the paper ephemera which constitute the elements of my collage compositions. I refer to myself as an ‘analog’ collagist as I do no digital manipulation nor photocopying of elements for my original artwork. The materials I use are taken directly from the books, magazines, calendars, posters and maps I find in various auctions and garage sales. My work might be characterized as ‘surreal’. My hope is that my works are evocative; in that I provide some “narrative” elements, but hope that the viewer feels free to bring her/his own personal interpretation to the piece. In a way, my pieces are like Rorschach inkblots. When someone asks, ‘What is this piece about?’, my response is likely to be ‘What do you think it’s about?’.”

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