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Momenta: Earthy


Opening reception: Sunday, May 5th, 6-8 pm

Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 12-6, Saturday and Sunday please call 717.490.2091 for appointment.

During Atlas Studios work hours please call 845.391.8855 for admittance

A Momenta Art exhibition presented at:

11 Spring St, Newburgh, NY, 12550

Richard Barnes

Walter Biggs

Jonathon Cancro

Rebecca Forgac

Cat Glennon

Oliver Lee Terry

A group exhibition regarding the natural temperament of the Earth today through photography, painting, video, and assemblage.

Richard Barnes’ series of large-scale photographs in the Refuge series depict five bird nests, each representing a different species. Seen as isolated and singular subjects, enlarged and artificially lit in a studio setting, the nests take on the presence of sculpture. The constructions vary widely, as though built by individual architects favoring particular styles and materials. The project’s title relates to the tension between the elaborate structures that humans refer to as avian “architecture,” different from a natural place of “refuge” as built by birds.

Walter Biggs’ paintings composed of graphite, sand, oil and acrylic mediums allude visually, physically, and experientially to nature, landscape and environment. A deeper perception may intuit a connection to loss, death, and a wasting – of what may once have lived but is now frozen in time as an inanimate surface, an exquisite ghostly relic of the past – a fossil. 

Jonathon Cancro's Green Space works are a series of videos that are each composed of several static shots looking through, into, and out at the hyper-lush landscapes of the island of Kauai. Through manipulation of video footage, the artist transforms and augments the experience of the subject or event. As one scene dissolves into the next, the viewer is pulled through the intimate and the expansive. Hallucinatory fields of color get pressed into fine-grain dream textures.

Rebecca Forgac’s large graphite drawings are part of an ongoing series depicting rock formations. These particular works use a basalt cave in the north of Iceland and a geothermal travertine formation in Mexico as their starting points, chosen for their particular strangeness and sublimity. Stemming from a consideration of a fragile and complex relationship to the natural landscape, the drawings engage human and geologic timescales with humor and humility. 

Cat Glennon’s ongoing series titled Manifest West, commemorates the women who were a part of the Western Expansion of the United States.  This work included in this exhibition titled Shrine to the lady Argonautsis dedicated to the women who worked in the gold fields of California. In order to connect to the stories of women that were unrecorded and remain unknown, the artist employs architectural and design elements connected to the Wild West to portray mountainous landscapes as a way of focusing on the unchanging landscape that connects them and us.

Oliver Lee Terry’s assemblages include cat litter, ferns, grass, hibiscus, and herbs in combination with makeshift organic structures and photographs. The works humorously question masculine drives to compete, embracing sincerity and “naivete” in imagining lifestyles of abundance and conservation in contrast to growth-based economies. 

Richard Barnes has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Carpenter Center at Harvard University, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, and the University of Michigan Art Museum. His works can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Barnes was a recipient of the Rome Prize 2005-2006, and was a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow (SARF) in 2012. His work was featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and awarded the Alfred Eisenstadt Award for Photography. He was the 2009 recipient of the Sidman Fellow for the Arts from the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. In 2010 he completed a residency from Lightwork/Syracuse University. A monograph of his work entitled Animal Logic, was published 2009.

Walter Biggs received an MFA from School of Visual Arts, New York, in 1990. He currently lives and works in Harlem and the Catskills, NY. His work has been exhibited at Momenta Art, Philadelphia, PA, Trans-Hudson Gallery, NJ and NY, and Sperone Westwater Gallery, NY, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Museo D’Arte della Citta de Ravenna, Ravenna, among others.

Jonathon Cancro is a video artist who lives and works in New Jersey and New York.  Cancro received his B.F.A. from the University of Washington and his M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Ucross Foundation.  Recent group exhibitions include The Flat Files,Tiger Strikes Astroid, New York; Andrew Prayzner’s Half-Life, Brooklyn; Matthew Murphy’s One Night Only, Marblehead, MA; Knox College, Illinois; MBN Studios, Phildelphia; and Tower Gallery, Philadelphia.

Rebecca Forgac was born in 1987 in Winchester, Massachusetts. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, spending a portion of the year in the backcountry, primarily of the American Southwest, Iceland or Japan. 

Cat Glennon is an inter-disciplinary artist, working mainly in photography and large scale sculpture living in Brooklyn, NY where she has lived since graduating with a BA from Pratt. Her work has been collected by the Museum of Old and New Art, The University of Santa Cruz and the University of Minnesota. 

Oliver Lee Terry received an MFA from Goldsmiths University of London and a BFA from Metropolitan State University of Denver. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows internationally, and he has been an artist in residence at the Wassiac Project.  He currently lives, works, and gardens in Newburgh, NY.

Special thank you to Atlas Studios for their generosity in providing a location for Earthy

Momenta Art' is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.

Earlier Event: April 27
Private Event
Later Event: May 11
Atlas Spring Market