Artist provides both sights and sounds for latest exhibit at Wadsworth’s MATRIX gallery
For nearly 50 years, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s MATRIX gallery has been a place where contemporary artists can go the extra distance to make sure their art has a special impact in an unusually supportive environment.
At the gallery, which has been part of the Wadsworth for nearly 50 years, work that might be displayed in a traditional fashion elsewhere can be expanded into installations augmented with soundscapes or other effects. Among the artists who’ve tested its boundaries are Nancy Spero, Barbara Kruger, Gerhard Richter and Carrie Mae Weems.
Lisa Alvarado, the featured MATRIX artist through Sept. 3, has chosen not to use the walls of that space at all. Her work includes free-hanging acrylic canvases framed with fringe, lace or fabric. She’s using areas of the floor to offset the suspended artworks with grounded sand sculptures which she is creating especially for this exhibit. Some of the work is brightly colored. Some are black and white. The artist’s intention is to feel “the patterns jumping off into the architecture of the space.”
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By Christopher Arnott
Posted June 2, 2023