Inspiration for the New Year!A group exhibition and performative event
at FADING AD GALLERY
DISTANCE MADE GOOD
DETAIL: Laura C. Hewitt
computer print & water color on silk
made good, navig. 1. the
distance between a point where an object has been and
a point where it is at present, measured along a rhumb
line connecting the two points. 2. the wayfarer uses
a dead reckoning system to determine her course. 3.
inspiration determines the rhumb line and dead reckoning
I come from
ocean people. People who for generations made a life
in, on or next to the sea. Considering this, it’s
not surprising that I chose nautical language to describe
something as elusive as inspiration. The term distance
made good has to do with measuring and reflecting upon
The single most extravagant vision I recall from my
childhood home was our view of the Atlantic Ocean. Sunset
Hill was the name of our perch and each and every night
over martini’s and Ray Price my Mother would extol
the virtues of our particular location. How lucky we
all were to witness such a spectacle as an ocean and
all its changing moments of light, pattern and mood.
Our proximity to this vision created something deep
and lasting inside each of us kids. Something I have
come to understand as inspiration. Inspiration is the
thing that some simply possess and others spend a lifetime
Hussey, guest co-curator
The Fading Ad Gallery,
at 679 Myrtle Avenue,
Ft. Greene / Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, presents Distance
Made Good, an exhibition exploring inspiration
conceived and organized by artist Hawley Hussey. The exhibition opens to the public on Wednesday
January 12, 2005,
the artists’ reception will be held
on January 16, 2005 from 4pm to 6pm. There will be a special event with
readings and live music on Saturday February 5, 2005
from 4pm to 8pm (which was rescheduled from Jan 23 due to the snow
storm). The exhibition has been extended until
Sunday, February 27th, 2005.
Hawley Hussey notes: “As
distance is the extent or amount of space between two
things, the artists in this exhibition traverse (meta)
physical distance through years and mediums to realize
their inspiration. Long term collaborative communication,
contemplation, moving the image up from the wilderness
of the sub-conscious and provoking pen to paper, brain
to cyberspace, needle to thread, bone to feather.
In the end when the work arrives to the realm of public
viewing and truly inspires another, the artist has at
last made good the distance.”
Good is a vehicle for collaboration:
exhibition, performance, spoken word and small press publication.
It began with a small exhibition and virtual presence at gallerythe.org
(on view through January 2005.)
At Fading Ad Gallery
the exhibition has grown to include 12 artists and 6 performers.
dreamy paintings evoking the night sky are
alight with stars and mysterious
writings. Through a series
of brightly colored dots and pins Janice
Caswell creates a map of the course she has traveled in
particular places and specific times.
delicately painted collages take the viewer into the world of symbolic
details, both charming and engaging.
Photographer Greg Fuchs finds
inspiration in the unlikely scenarios found in high-end retail windows;
through his lens a new tale is made apparent.
Alaska based artist Laura Hewitt’s
painted silk “stained glass windows” challenge us to reconsider
as seemingly disparate concepts from art history to computer programming;
bow hunting to astrology.
Los Angeles based Czech artist Iva
Hladis creates layered ephemeral pieces which hearken back
to her many travels and life journeys.
Exhibition organizer Hawley Hussey’s
layered Plexi relief paintings speak of personal history and memories
and serve as a springboard for the inspiration for this project.
Los Angeles based Shari Lee
creates collages “derived from gathering, juxtaposing and transforming
context and meaning from everyday forms, objects and images in an
investigation and meditation into the idea of location.” Meridith
McNeal's aura portraits embroidered on curtains
chart the energy between the body and the environment. The layered monoprints
of Felix Plaza are filled with
images, letters and ephemera from his early childhood Puerto Rico
and NYC. Liz
Prescott’s long narrow
paintings are at once lovely abstractions and personal cartography.
Ed Rath draws from real
life experience to create brightly rendered highly idiosyncratic paintings.
Distance Made Good
will include an evening of readings and live music, on Saturday February 5th at 4pm. The event will include performances by acclaimed
blues musicians Robert Ross and Queen Tipsy;
the composer/musician Pan Morigan
who lends a contemporary vision to traditional Celtic music and
singer/spoken word poet Kenya Nairobi-Shakur. Readings will be by Nelly
Reifler (See Through)
and Greg Fuchs
(Came Like It Went.) The event is free but reservations
are encouraged; 718-254-9300
Robert "Bluesman" Ross
Hussey is pictured
here at The Hopper House in Nyack, NY with two pieces by Laura
C. Hewitt of Alaska, El Greco and Rosetti, computer prints
and watercolor on silk which will be featured at the Fading
Ad Gallery. Also seated with Hussey is a ghost of the Hopper
House in deep discussion over distances made and not. The
Hopper House exhibition featured a collaborative exhibition
with Hewitt and Meridith McNeal of Brooklyn: SHE MUST
HAVE LOOKED LOVELY IN THAT DRESS which can be viewed
McNeal & Hawley Hussey
by Frank H. Jump (background art by McNeal)
Gallery hours will be from Wed
- Fri from 4PM - 6:30PM, Sat from 12PM - 6PM and Sun
from 11:30AM - 4:30PM or by appointment (718) 254-9300.
Directions: G train to Bedford/Nostrand or
B57 or B44 Bus to Bedford/Nostrand. Detailed directions available online @
The FADING AD GALLERY,
designed and renovated by Vincenzo
Aiosa, is located in the eclectic Ft. Greene
/ Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn. The Gallery is co-founded
and run by photographer/teacher Frank
Jump’s photographs are on view in the Bedford
Avenue side of Fading Ad Gallery.
FADING AD HOMEPAGE