New Works by William Halliday and Alyssa di Edwardo
ArtHouse 429 is pleased to announce its third exhibition of the winter season: New Sculptural Works by William Halliday and New Paintings by Alyssa di Edwardo. The two solo exhibitions open March 21 with a reception from 6-8pm at the gallery in the revitalized Northwood neighborhood—the event is open to the public, with a $10 suggested donation at the door benefiting the Center for Creative Education. The shows were curated by Bruce Helander, who is well-known for selecting and arranging museum and gallery shows.
William Halliday’s new series of hand-built sculpture, fabricated using traditional metal forming tools and techniques, is reminiscent of the streamline era—complex curves flow together to create a single appealing form, polished to the nines and ready for some Post-Modernist action. For a number of years, Halliday has been creating highly polished aluminum and stainless steel three-dimensional objects that offer an impressive aesthetic visual statement by combining a Futurist sensibility with elements of surrealism. Literally reflective and somewhat mysterious, but magical at the same time, these works, painstakingly formed piece by piece, carry an undeniable charismatic spirit and often are recognizable as an abstract figure.
Alyssa di Edwardo takes the high road towards her compositions by meticulously and intuitively creating aggressively painted canvases that celebrate the Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1940s, which was initiated by renowned artists such as Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell. In this purely identifiable and original American tradition, this talented and confident artist must start without a plan of action but with both ‘guns’ loaded with optimistic anticipation and idiosyncratic ingenuity. Brushstrokes sweep back and forth, creating a perfect storm of the unexpected, accented by bold colors dripping with an explorer’s instincts for adventure.
The exhibition continues through April 5. Also on view in the adjoining sculpture garden are three-dimensional works Jeff Whyman, Edwina Sandys and John Martini.