Mark Brosseau and Abraham McNally: Sense of Place
Catamount Arts is pleased to present Mark Brosseau and Abraham McNally: Sense of Place, a two person exhibition of painting, works on paper, and sculpture, which will be on view in the Fried Family Gallery from June 22-August 23, 2019. A wine and cheese reception will be held for the artists on Saturday, June 22 from 5-6:30 pm, with artist remarks at 6 pm. All are welcome to attend.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: Sense of Place explores the work of two artists who grew up in Vermont and how that experience has influenced their art. As a child Brosseau spent long afternoons exploring the forests near his home. Fascinated by how river, damn, railroad tracks and gravel pit all related to each other, he now sees his paintings and works on paper as an extension of this early fascination with spatial relationships. McNally’s connection to Vermont is more process and material based. The tactile qualities of his sculpture are unique to growing up in the woods, as well as his experience cutting trees for firewood with his father or helping his mother wedge clay in her ceramics studio. The tools that he uses – chainsaw, chisel, mallet – are ones that are often found in sheds and workshops in the Northeast Kingdom of northern Vermont.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS: The exhibition Sense of Place serves as a homecoming for two friends who were born and raised in northern Vermont, but who now exhibit nationally and internationally. McNally and Brosseau both graduated from Lyndon Institute – Classes of 1993 and 1994 respectively. While they lost touch for many years, they reconnected when Brosseau discovered McNally’s work on display in an exhibition in Miami, FL that he had helped organize.
Mark Brosseau received his BA from Dartmouth College and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2001 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to spend a year painting and making prints in Iceland and is a 2019 recipient of a prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. He has exhibited extensively, with recent solo exhibitions at the University of Saint Mary (Leavenworth, KS) and USC Upstate Gallery on Main (Spartanburg, SC). He is an active member of the artist-run collective network Tiger Strikes Asteroid. Brosseau teaches at Clemson University and Wofford College. For more on the artist and his work, see https://www.markbrosseau.com/.
Abraham McNally received his BA and MFA from Bard College. He has been in numerous group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe – New York, Hudson, Texas, San Francisco, and Brussels to name a few locations—and featured in solo exhibitions in France, Boston, and most recently at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, NY in 2018. McNally currently teaches at the Parsons School of Design and the International Center for Photography. For more about the artist and his work, see http://abrahammcnally.com/