Butler-Trumbull displays Cicourel exhibition
The work of artist Merryl Berner Cicourel opens Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art Trumbull Branch.
“Retrospectively Reimaging Cultural Landscapes” features wall-mounted sculptures fabricated from heavy gauge aluminum and works in other media.
In her artist statement, Cicourel writes, “My work draws upon a strong commitment to folk and contemporary art. The images I work with evolve from personal experiences, including observations of a broad range of landscapes and sacred settings that exist in various cultural traditions. Local ecological forms have become the genre for the subjective landscapes that are transformed into visual narratives.”
Works derived from realistic sketches, drawings, paintings or photographs are “reduced in the artistic process to their abstract essence while maintaining integrity of form, movement and spontaneity,” she writes. “Each work became a melding of painting, drawing, printmaking techniques and sculpture. The metal sculptures reflect their surroundings and change as their ambient lighting conditions are altered.”
Cicourel earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree from UC San Diego. She studied printmaking at the Graphics Workshop in Santa Fe, N.M., and at the College of Santa Fe. She was a founding member of Bay Park Press in San Diego, and of Gallery 8, a nonprofit organization promoting fine folk art at UC San Diego.
She’s had several gallery shows in California, and she had a solo exhibition at Trumbull Art Gallery in 1989.
“Retrospectively Reimaging Cultural Landscapes” will be on display through Oct. 8 at the Butler-Trumbull, 9350 E. Market St., Howland. A meet-the-artist reception is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call 330-609-9900.