THE LITTLE THINGS
Neal Breton & Haley Lauw
July 6 - September 12, 2018
Closing Reception: Friday, September 7, 2018 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop
The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of contemporary artists from California and Florida. The Little Things zooms in on the ordinary, small moments of the day when something finally clicks, or is rendered obscure. Normal experiences often go on unnoticed, only when things veer in a different direction do we pay attention. The Little Things presents a catalog of the details that challenge the "normal experience." An object's shortcoming is either its undoing or its strength, we'll never know which until it is tested. The experience of "making" can often be an isolating one as an artist pours her or himself into a piece, exposing insecurities in the hope of overcoming them.
Artist Haley Lauw presents her reality through facsimile; she uses all dimensions to create a space that feels familiar. Her deftness at rendering pushes the subject matter beyond mundane copies and into the realm of the sublime. In this exhibition, Lauw will be debuting faux-depression glass sculptures fashioned from the mouthpiece of brass instruments. These evocative objects are a communication device that substitutes language with music, which at once complicates communication, but hints at a truer meaning. Haley Lauw is a multimedia artist living and working in Tallahassee, FL. She received her BFA from The University of West Florida and her MFA from Florida State University. She is a printmaking and 3-dimensional art instructor at Florida State University.
Artist Neal Breton paints dazzling shards of color and pattern that are equally welcoming as they are distant. Bold greens, oranges, and blues meet at acute angles where natural forms are reduced to color silhouettes. Each painting hints at a different time and place, though on closer inspection, each painting suggests the here and now. Breton interprets the little things as over-the-top peaks and razor-sharp valleys; the only sense of softness comes from the cool gradients filling the pointed shapes. Neal Breton, a New Hampshire native, has been a professional artist for twenty years. He studied painting at Pasadena City College under Douglas Bond, a successful and published artist known for his realistic representations. His work is on display and can be purchased at Viva Paso in Paso Robles, CA, Fiona Bleu Gallery in Morro Bay, CA, and Goedicke's in Casper, WY.
Curated by Morgan Hamilton
Constance S. & Robert J. Hennessy Project Space