On Friday, February 3, from 5-7pm the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of Parallel Constellations, featuring the colorful and abstract works of painter Kristen Pobatschnig and photographer Brooke Hammerle.
While working in different media, the two artists share a love of cosmic imagery, psychedelic and organic forms, and explorations of both color and light. The works are expansive, moody and poetic and offer the viewer an invitation to embrace their own associations and interpretations. The show opens on Friday, February 3, with a wine and cheese reception in the Gallery from 5-7pm, and will run through the end of February. The artists will be on hand to meet the public and talk about their work. Parallel Constellations is generously sponsored by Cafe Noche in Conway, New Hampshire.
Kristen Pobatschnig is an abstract painter from the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After earning her BFA in Studio Art from Colby-Sawyer College in 2002, she has been painting and exhibiting her work throughout New England ever since. She is a graduate of Leadership Mount Washington Valley, and a 2015 graduate of Crista Cloutier’s Working Artist program, an international platform for emerging artists. As a Reiki Master, she teaches workshops that combine meditation, energy work and abstract expressionistic painting throughout New England. In 2014 she teamed up with painter Rebecca Klementovich and created the Femme Fatales of the North, a duo that pairs contemporary art with the White Mountains.
My latest series was painted with acrylic inks which gives the work a watercolor-feel. By working in flux, I feel guided to go with the flow, and let the art reveal itself to me in the process. This series explores Water; its healing effects on our bodies, as well as its reflection to the Cosmos. I explore it in all its forms: as a liquid, frozen, and in the air, such as in the form of mist or in rainbows. Compelled to advocate for our environment and for our water, in Cosmic Swim I aim to embody Nature’s magic within each painting, complete with sunlight sparkles and cosmic swirls of energy.
Brooke Hammerle is a photographer based in Providence, RI who began her artistic life as a painter. She studied painting at American University in Washington DC, the Art Students League in NYC, the University of Hawaii, and The Rhode Island School of Design. RISD. She worked professionally as a photographer to the Brown University Arts Departments, Visual Arts, History of Art, and the Bell Gallery in Providence, R. I. for more than 30 years, before retiring to pursue more experimental work.
The subject of my work is primarily landscape, and more recently light on water. Water becomes both a space and a surface where I can explore hidden worlds of multiple dimensions, and the spatial ambiguity between surface and reflection. These elements act implicitly rather than anecdotally. Aesthetically I am in search of a unity, the subtlety of shapes and patters floating in a rhythm of their own space and time, the poetry of nature’s design.