The Big Show
Drew Klotz: Kinetic Sculpture / Audrey Klotz: “Fabstraction”
November 9th – December 15th
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 9th, 6 – 8 pm
The Carriage Barn Arts Center
Waveny Park, New Canaan
Gallery Hours: Wed. – Sat., 10 am – 3 pm; Sunday, 1 – 5 pm
Sponsored by Walter Stewart’s, Karl Chevrolet, Moffly Media, Vineyard Vines, New Canaan Sculpture Association
For the first time in recent history, the Carriage Barn Arts Center will have a show that is devoted exclusively to two artists - the husband and wife duo Drew and Audrey Klotz. Drew’s vibrant recent kinetic sculptures will activate the interior space of the gallery in harmony with Audrey’s oversized abstract paintings. Over their many years together, they have developed a deep appreciation and understanding of each other’s art, which is complementary in the use of form and movement. Both are natives of Fairfield County and their work is in international collections. Drew studied at Cooper Union and Audrey studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Drew’s sculptures can also be seen in front of local institutions, such as the New Canaan and Wilton Libraries and the Silvermine Art Guild. For this exhibition, the front courtyard will also be animated by three site specific sculptures - their colors and shapes providing a wonderful juxtaposition with the stone walls of the barn.
The idea behind a more singular vision in the gallery is to allow an artist to be inspired by the wonderful soaring historical space of the Carriage Barn and transform it, thereby realizing the vast potential of the structure. Part of Drew Klotz’s philosophy is that art should be accessible – one has to touch it to activate it. Kinetic sculpture is an assemblage comprised of parts designed to be set in motion by an internal mechanism or natural stimuli, such as the wind or touch. This has great appeal to a wide audience, children in particular, who love for once not being told: “Don’t touch the art!” A “Pop Shop” in the gallery will have smaller works by the artists for sale. The Carriage Barn will be hosting a children’s workshops in conjunction with the exhibition, which will be sponsored by the New Canaan Sculpture Association on Sunday, November 17th, at 2pm. Children (ages 9 – 12) will be provided with a tour of the show and an artist demonstration in the sculpture studio located beneath the gallery, followed by a hands-on clay project. Space is very limited, the fee is $15 per child and registration is required: email@example.com.
On November 15th, from 3 – 7 pm, Vineyard Vines will be promoting the exhibition and the Carriage Barn by offering a 10 / 10 sale, where customers get 10 % off their purchase and 10 % of the sales go to the CBAC.