The New Haven artist intimately explores fashion and glamour by utilizing the tools of the trade in the construction of his sculptural installation drawings and three-dimensional paintings. With his site-specific “Curtain” installation, Neider will investigate how we see the world around us while continuing his life-long examination of how paint and light affect shape and form.
Neider’s interest in fashion and glamour stems from a project he collaborated on with a fashion designer while living in Chicago in 1980. He has since created numerous series of drawings that address this heme. This series of 10 drawings, “Dress and Jewelry,” explores the excess inherent in that industry. He appropriately uses the sewing machine to draw.
The four Wall Dresses and one Floor Dress in this exhibition are three-dimensional paintings with internal light sources. In creating these pieces, fashion issues and ideas concerning movement, color as it defines form, and illumination are explored and exaggerated. Internal light sources serve to describe shape, planes, and texture.
The light plays with and defines color, patterns, layering, and transparency. The resulting shadows cast on the walls, floor, and ceiling are integral elements that dramatize the work.
The gallery will open the show as part of the 2011 Bridgeport Art Trail; the show will also be open from 11 a.m. until 5:30 pm Sunday. Normal gallery hours are from 11 to 5:30 Thursdays through Saturdays.