The great thing about having an art exhibition and art reception at a restaurant is you forego the traditional crudities in favor of sampling the cuisine. And in the case of Maxwell’s, this involves a gourmet spinach salad, brick oven pizza and hot wings.
Toss in a performance by a band starring a whiz kid on drums and you have one amazing evening with artists and friends!
Artwork by Kara D. Cook is on display and for sale at Maxwell’s for only one week, but I am certain she will sell everything in that short time. Like me, she has her BFA and MS from Syracuse University, and she is a local art teacher. She is also a fan of Jasper Johns and Alice Neel, but her fanaticism does not spill into her canvases. Her work is original, fresh and captivating.
The show is titled Bricks & Bones. Kara preps some of her canvases with paper collage of sheet music or maps then creates landscapes of local haunts, places she sees as she drives to work, places from her childhood in Chittenango, New York…places that have been discarded and left to rot in a way.
But there is so much beauty to see in these images, I think, like the beauty of everlasting love explored in The Velveteen Rabbit. Memories of the past that make you say – I remember that place and I will try to not forget that past. She attacks the canvases with a combination of materials beginning with acrylic then adding charcoal, colored pencil, marker and whatever else works. I actually thought they were digital photographs when I first walked in. I was delighted to see all of the nuances of the mixed-media upon further inspection.
I purchased a print of the Cinema North, the old free-standing movie theatre in Mattydale, New York. I was trying to remember what movie I went to see there, something with my cousins who lived out that way. So, yeah, it’s like that – a faded memory that had to be a good one but now it is sort of missing its pieces too.
According to Wikipedia, In general relativity, an event horizon is a boundary in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. In layman’s terms, it is defined as “the point of no return”, i.e., the point at which the gravitational pull becomes so great as to make escape impossible, even for light. An event horizon is most commonly associated with black holes. Light emitted from inside the event horizon can never reach the outside observer. Likewise, any object approaching the horizon from the observer’s side appears to slow down and never quite pass through the horizon, with its image becoming more and more redshifted as time elapses.
This provocative timey-wimey feeling is what I get from Kara’s work. You are most definitely pulled in, and the effects are impossible to escape. They linger, like that reoccurring dream you keep having or like that math problem that seems easy yet you cannot solve. According to her literature, “[the work] retain[s] memories of the past. Bricks and Bones is meant to appreciate their narrative.” I am so impressed with the depth to which Kara reveals emotion in her work.
Oh, and she makes jewelry too!
Maxwell’s is located at 122 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse, New York 13202. Call (315) 299-6633 for information or visit their web-site here. Kara D. Cook can be located on all the usual social media locations. You can start by liking her on Facebook here.