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 CLYDE WATSON

Clyde Watson was born in Jamaica and came to America when was 12 years of age. He was raised in Bridgeport, graduating from Central High and studied at the University of Bridgeport and Housatonic Community College.

An electrician by trade, Carl is a self-taught artist who has studied his craft at libraries, museums, and galleries with fellow artists. “Over the years, my art has evolved into the abstracts you see today. My experience in art comes from the love of art, hard work, and perseverance.”

His work has been displayed at City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport City Hall, Artspace/Bridgeport, and currently at Discovery Museum (Bridgeport); Mattatuck Museum ((Waterbury); The Gallery at Merritt Crossing (Milford), Aetna Building and Artspace/Hartford (Hartford); Bruce S. Kershner Gallery (Fairfield); Office of Congressman Jim Himes; as well as numerous local shows.

The recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, the artist has participated in a wide range of art associations for the past 25 years. His works are included in many private collections on a national and international scale.

For Clyde, art is not just some pretty picture hanging on a wall.

“Like food or water, art can fill you up when you are hungry. It can quench your thirst when you are thirsty….that is why I like to paint. I seek a higher spiritual sense in my work … I don’t want to be in total control of the work, but let it flow like the wind with minimal control. Very often, I find myself amazed what is created. It heals me and quenches me, and I hope it does that for others.”

Clyde is the proud father of a talented daughter.

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.