I do not pretend to understand the moral universe, the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways. I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. But from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.— Theodore Parker, 1853
Deeply concerned about the trajectory of justice in our country in 2018, I found Theodore Parker’s words recurring in my mind. Does it indeed bend towards justice?
I put out a call for participants in a notebook project to address the “Arc of the Moral Universe.” That yielded more than 60 volumes filled with drawings, sketches, writing, lyrics, photos, montages, cut-outs, fold-outs, and abstractions documenting one year in each of their lives.
In 2020, I confronted the reality of a world-wide viral pandemic and the “Arc of the Viral Universe” was begun. I invited participants from the first notebook project, plus 100 creative individuals from all walks of life. This resulted in over 30 bound volumes documenting daily lives, unease about the future, concerns for the planet, outrage at the effects of systemic racism, apprehensions about threats to democracy, and glimmerings of hope in the midst of the most challenging of times. They confirm my belief that “Creative people are among the ones to register these events and respond in hopeful, compassionate, and positive ways.” carlaraejohnson.org
Shifting with context and light, pieces of art interact with time and place, adding a fourth dimension when seen,while others journey deep into the elements of nature.
Christine Knowlton’s reflective art brings the viewer contextually into each piece: shifting with context and light, the art interacts with time and place, adding a fourth dimension. The palette includes mirror shards, auto glass fragments, mica, iridescent textured paint, and intricately collaged images.This exhibit includes a cathartic fishing net installation, and colorful mixed media collages and canvases. Ten mixed media collages evoke characteristics of the Zen Elements of Nature (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water), the essences that comprise our universe and all of life and flow between. The photography series brings a mirror-shard canvas in places outside to capture the intersection of reflective art and seasonal moments.ChristineKnowltonArt.comInstagram: christine.knowlton.1
June 2 – June 29, 2022! Reception: Thursday, June 2nd, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Center for the Digital Arts Gallery is pleased to host the exhibition, Off the Beaten Track. This group show will exhibit exciting works in all media by professional artists with studios located outside the Peekskill downtown artists district, or those who can’t have studios open during Open Studios weekend.This show will run in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Peekskill Open Studios Event, Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, 2022, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm.
GALLERY SUMMER HOURS Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Friday, 10:00 – 11:30 am Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
Among the earliest records of art making are hand prints outlined in color on cavern walls created by people thirty thousand years ago. We might consider these early cave paintings the “new media art” of prehistoric times. Inspired by these pieces, Philippe Safire designed a digital version in the form of a custom application displayed on a multi-touch screen. If the viewer puts their hand on the screen, an animation of colored pixels encircles the fingers and palm. Once the hand is removed, the outline continues sparkling before disappearing. Safire invites the public to collaborate in generating unique artwork. As part of the series, the exhibition also includes a set of lenticular prints, projected animation, an internet installation and social media component. Conceived as a participatory event, CREATE features hand prints created by participants — to enjoy within and beyond the gallery space. The exhibition explores the creative process and the ephemeral quality of the digital medium.