“Happy Chinese New Year,” paintings and monoprints based on Chinese photographs, opens at the Nylen Gallery with a reception 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4.
The art is from Gayle Gleckler, a former Black Rock neighbor (who moved in with a splash and invited the whole neighborhood of strangers over for a party) and Tony Woolner, both of North Salem, NY.
“Please come and wear red to celebrate the Chinese New Year,” Nylen implores you. “We invite you to join us in a toast and enjoy scrumptious Chinese appetizers.
For Gleckler and Woolner, this is their second artistic collaboration.
In their second artistic collaboration. Their previous show, also at the Nylen, interpreted aerial photographs.
Why China? In September 2009 they joined a group tour offered by The Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce and took hundreds of photographs while travelling from Beijing to Shanghai. Gayle’s acrylic paintings and Tony’s monoprints are based on their favorite images.
Gayle explains what drew her eye.
“The art in Beijing reflects the ancient and modern contrasts of this amazing city. I was inspired with the rich color and textures that splashed over the cities and countryside. The Forbidden City with its hidden courtyards and magnificent temples, The Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, The Summer Palace, Suzhou, The Longhua Temple (one of the oldest), Hongkou Park, the wild marketplace, and The Bund in Shanghai are all represented in the Show.”
“Gayle and Tony bring a Western sensibility to interpreting the traditional Chinese vernacular,” says Nylen, a Harvard-educated curator and Black Rock resident. “Their use of saturated color and bold line elevate these images from tourist views to art that reflects the energy and spirituality of China.”
Tony Woolner, a professional architect who graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, did his graduate work in Architecture at Harvard (ahah! the old boy network!) and has won awards for his contemporary home designs that have been featured in World Residential Design, Architectural Digest, Casa Vogue, The New York Times, L’Architecttura, House Beautiful, Architects Own Houses of The World and Houses Architects Live In. As an artist, Tony has evolved an original monoprint technique over the years. He draws the image on plexiglass then glues string to the lines, adds
different mediums for varying textures and dimension. He then paints the surface and prints with Stonehenge paper on his printing press.
Gayle Gleckler has had a successful career in advertising, beginning as an art director at Young & Rubicam, and eventually becoming executive vice president, creative director at
Foote, Cone and Belding. She created many award-winning campaigns, the most well known being “I’m Gonna Wash that Gray Right Outta My Hair” for Clairol. She then opened her own advertising agency, Gleckler and Partners, growing it to a $17 million company. Along the way she also co-wrote, produced and cast “The Lords of Flatbush,” Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler’s first movie. Her interest in art goes back to her studies at University of Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Design. She went on to graduate studies at NYU and taught Graphic Concept classes at The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Most recently she has been studying painting at Silvermine Art Guild, where she won First Place in the Student’s Show for painting in 2007 and 2010bg. In August and September 2010 Tony and Gayle reprised their joint show “In Plane View” at the Rockwell Gallery in Ridgefield.
The show will be on view from Jan. 28 through March 12.