Art @ Discovery

Local artists add color to our spaces, and we are happy to let tremendous local talent shine. Below are details on current exhibitions on display. To learn more or for info on submissions, call 203.372.3521 ext. 127.

Current Exhibitions

Art Mezzanine, Upper Floor:
Work by HAROLD DAVIS

Harold Davis was born in a rural area in Sumter, South Carolina and, at the age of seven, moved with his family to Bridgeport, Connecticut where he now resides.

Early in his childhood as a self-taught artist, he made wood carvings and paintings. Soon thereafter, Davis began working with oils, acrylics and mixed media while studying art in elementary and high schools.

Later, Davis continued his lifetime pursuit of art by enrolling in Traphagen School of Fashion and Design in New York City where he expanded his knowledge of fashion design and art. After attaining an associate’s degree, he travelled to Paris and completed an academic year abroad studying plastic sculpting and oil painting.

Currently, as a member of the Easton Arts Council, his artwork can be found at the “Art in the Country” juried art show at the Easton Library in Connecticut . He established a residency at the Sobobo Art Gallery in Milford, Connecticut where many of his paintings along with metal and wood sculptures were displayed. More recently, his paintings were exhibited at the Empire Hotel in New York City. For several years, he participated in the Greenwich Village Art Shows as well as at the Connecticut NAACP events. He was also a resident artist at the Home Art Gallery in Port Jefferson, New York.

Davis worked at the Housatonic Community College as an arts instructor and was the proprietor of the Davis Art Gallery at Captain’s Cove, both in Bridgeport. Many of his paintings and artwork have been exhibited at the Silvermine Art Show, Studio Museum of Harlem, local universities, libraries, theaters and shops. Numerous paintings can be found in private collections throughout the U.S. and France.

Center Gallery, Main Level:
ORIGAMI INTERPRETATIONS: GLORIA GARFINKEL

Discovery Museum is pleased to present the saturated colors and vivid patterning of New York-based artist Gloria Garfinkel, showing in the Center Gallery, from June through November 2017. Garfinkel’s works embed bright and colorful arrays into an animated geometry inspired by origami paper folding objects and techniques.

In Garfinkel’s paintings, colorful patterns are energized by mounting them on aluminum panels constructed so that they are able to be manipulated by the viewer. In addition to these panels, Garfinkel presents a number of maquettes of proposals for flamboyant triumphant gateways, influenced by Japanese forms, for public art.

In the range of work presented in this exhibition, Garfinkel continues her fascination with the wide variety of patterns to be found in traditional Japanese fabrics. She takes these patterns and juxtaposes them with others, creating fields of conflicting color that act on the eye in lively ways.

The most distinctive body of work presented in this exhibition consists of striped wall panels, fabricated in aluminum, with inset sections that rotate when manipulated by the viewer. Garfinkel has accommodated patterning to the optical potential of moving discs by processing patterns through mathematics, the basis of most of her pattern work. If one wishes to see a wilder arrangement, the viewer is free to rotate the disk of stripes until, either diagonally or horizontally, the stripes prod the horizontal with a different energy level.

Garfinkel’s introduction of viewer manipulation is novel: it is also derived from Japanese influence, where careful arrangement of forms in very particular ways is part of the aesthetic experience. In this synthesis, Garfinkel has devised a uniquely approachable and participatory form of wall art.

In Garfinkel’s Flip pieces, squares, diamonds and tondos are divided in half into planes of soft color again derived from Japanese prototypes. An inconspicuous hinge running down the center of the panel reveals an overlaid panel that can be moved on the hinge to cover over either half of the circle and re-present the overall circle with a new arrangement of colors. Garfinkel, in her painting, combines a keen sense of the energy emitted by colors arranged vis-à-vis other colors, with a grounded drive to realize physical-sculptural ideas in finely fabricated devices.

Downstairs at the Discovery Museum:
GREY SCALE: BY JOSEPH TOMASELLI

Joe’s art is characterized by whimsical iconic imagery and bright colors that are mixed with grungy and graffiti aesthetics. Growing up, he focused on drawing solely in black and white, and shunned the use of color. As his work progressed, Joe was drawn to vibrant paints and experimentation with the color spectrum.

Living in cities has heavily influenced Joe’s work, particularly wandering the streets of NYC, where he was influenced by the rebellious excitement that embodies the city. The subway graffiti, rusted beams, and ornate architecture that he found in those wanderings inspired the work you see. His goal: to create art that has never been made, and work that sets a unique tone wherever you might encounter it.

Joseph is 24 year old and from Orange CT. His influences include the creative arts including everything from tattoos, fashion, music, pop culture and cinematography. He has been drawing since the day he could pick up a pencil and hasn’t stopped since. Although he graduated from Western New England University with a degree in management he quickly found he had alternative plans.

In the Discovery Museum Lobby:
SUNSET SCIENCE: PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL FLORIO

Connecticut native Michael Florio has a huge passion for photography, art, science, and technology. His love of these subjects has brought him through a rabbit hole of wonder and amazement. His desire to share the incredible aspects of our universe with others is captured through a dynamic study of sunsets and the fascinating reasons why we experience the glorious colors in a twilight sky.

He wishes to reignite the imagination in adults and inspire young people, whether it is through the art of photography, exploring the cosmos through a telescope, or creating an at-home science project.