"Our gallery committee was reviewing slides, and here's this wonderful work from Thurman," said gallery director Laura Von Rosk.
"We didn't get it.
There's an artist from Thurman I don't know about?"
Actually, Von Rosk
knew Golden from her
visits to the Courthouse Gallery
"I knew she
was an artist, and probably a good one, but I didn't make the connection," said Von Rosk
"You and every other artist," noted Laura Von Rosk
Laura Von Rosk, Adirondack artist and Lake George Arts Project curator, joins a team of scientists at the end of the world
The ends of the earth and the Adirondacks must have something in common (other than the fact that we sometimes feel as though we live in the antipodes), because artists are drawn to both.
The most famous of these, of course, is Rockwell Kent, who traveled to Greenland and Tierra del Fuego in the 1920s and 30s.
But another Adirondack artist is now eligible for membership in the Explorers' Club
: Laura Von Rosk
Von Rosk, who lives in Paradox, is also the director of the Lake George Arts Project's Courthouse Gallery, where she organizes several exhibitions of contemporary art every year.
best known for her
own haunting paintings, which novelist Douglas Glover describes as playful dialogues with the Hudson River School
, illuminated manuscripts and the early Renaissance Italians.
In December, Von Rosk
returned from Antarctica, where she
spent eight weeks assisting a team of divers and biologists studying single-cell organisms known as Foraminifera.
"Since I knew that Sam worked with artists, I asked him to consider me if there was ever another project where one was needed," said Von Rosk
Laura Von Rosk and Dr. Sam Bowser in Lake George
Before traveling to Explorers Cove, Von Rosk
received orientation training at McMurdo Station, where she
was taught survival tactics, camped on the Ross Ice Shelf and learned to operate a snowmobile.
"A week later, we boarded a helicopter for the 40 minute ride across McMurdo Sound to our camp, which consisted of two large, connected tents for sleeping and living, a lab hut, a bathroom shack, solar panels and wind generator near the generator shack.
The shore is just a short walk to the east, but it was hard to tell where the sea began and ended because snow and ice cover both land and sea," said Von Rosk
"I didn't know what to expect," said Von Rosk
But since it's expensive to maintain one person for one day, surely she
was not along just for the ride.
Apart from an invitation to incorporate this experience into her
own work as a visual artist, Von Rosk's job was to assist with the scientific research and dive teams in one way or another.
"The first two weeks, we focused on melting dive holes, troubleshooting and repairing equipment.
Just about every muscle in my body grew sore from the heavy lifting and from performing tasks or using equipment I was unaccustomed to," said Von Rosk
"Every task took longer there, because we were always bundled up or had to take precautions because of the extreme weather."
most stressful job (but, she
emphasizes, among the most rewarding), was assisting the divers who disappear into holes cut through eight feet of ice.
"I was there to be alert to any signs of danger, but I was also limited in my ability to help if someone was in danger.
A rescue team was at least an hour away by helicopter," she
was encouraged to devote time to her
art, but resisted the urge.
"I would have felt like a slacker," she
"Everyone else was so busy."
Living in close proximity to others while isolated from the rest of the world (though email and internet connections were maintained) was itself an education, said Von Rosk
"You learn to be tolerant, because you're depending upon others for your safety.
But that's easier than you might think, because a situation like that can bring out the best in people," said Von Rosk
The beauty of the landscape was sometimes overwhelming, said Von Rosk
"Sometimes the distant icebergs were very pronounced white shapes in a blue-ish landscape, other times they look ten times the size from the day before, transformed into gigantic dark towering craggy hills," she
can't predict what I'll draw from her
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This is a great show and gallery director Laura Von Rosk has done a wonderful job in bringing together not just these two artist but many others who regularly exhibit at the Court House Gallery.
The Adirondacks region has historically been an inspiration and showcase for contemporary artist of their time and the Lake George Arts Project
should be commended and supported.
Laura Von Rosk, the director of the Lake George Arts Project's Courthouse Gallery, confesses that she was nervous about pairing the two artists whose work is now on view at the gallery through June 10.
On the surface, their work is radically different, and Von Rosk
feared the artists would clash rather than complement one another.
At the opening of the exhibition on May 7, however, Von Rosk
was relieved, and with good reason.
Boden's painterly hand, and Denyer's intricate graphite marks lure us in; revealing more than meets the eye, with a great deal of complexity beneath the surface," said Von Rosk
"The distorted figures, the claustrophobic space, and color of bruised flesh, are a bold, unflinching examination of victims caught in a nightmare," says Von Rosk
Invitation to Voyage: The Paintings of Laura Von Rosk
began painting landscapes while still living and working in New York.
"After a trip to Maine, my senses were reawakened; I just wanted to get out of the city, to become engaged with nature," she
"My first landscapes were painted from the memory of that trip."
Those first landscapes were denser, more detailed, with more textured surfaces than recent work, she
People frequently "read" Von Rosk's
paintings, as though she
is trying to tell them a story.
"I have no interest in determing what people's response to the work should be," Von Rosk
"But light, color, shape, can't help but to evoke feelings.
The paintings' deep space draws you in; there's something familiar about the landscape.
You're at the edge of being allowed in. No; I'm inviting you in."
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