Bobby Vilinsky/ Dancing in the treetops

Bobby Vilinsky/ Dancing in the treetops

DANCING IN THE TREETOPS

Another year in to the pandemic and more time with the manual settings of my camera, and I really started to dream. There are, after all, many other trees out my window

Dancers

Much like the wire I love working with, the trees in winter bring a stark contrast of branches bare against the sky. Naked and bold, these branches become dancers that move in the wind. The Tree in Blue and Green seems to shift in the duality of its identity. Dancer Leaning Forward looks to me like a figure whose branches are arms set on its hips, resting before its next move. And the trees that bow and bend remind me of a Cezanne landscape – if he ever dared to paint in black and white – god forbid.

Bush and Grain

Pink Fairy Tale and Fairy Tale in the Fog tease me into the play of fantasy. These images are caught above the roofs of triple deckers in mid Cambridge. Here, some trees gather at rest and offer an illusion of bush or hedge firmly planted in earth. This trick of the eye comes because I enjoy shooting in the low light of dusk or dawn, and doing so forces me to up the ISO setting in my camera, brightening the image and bringing the noise or fuzz or fog that this digital concoction drags with it. Some experienced photographers turn up their noses at this effect, believing it to expose the work of an amateur. I like the looks, though, however much it distorts, turning both fairy tale images into a scene of fakery at sixty or eighty feet high.

Screen

Sticks and Stones and Trees and Dancers at Dusk could be dancers too, but they are a caught behind the screen of my window, as if the slight turn of my camera’s lens is enough to shift perspective. The presence of the screen is slight, subtle, and yet these would-be dancers miss the background sky that might otherwise free them in an open setting. Web has no screen – in front, at least, and yet the many branches, smaller in the distance, bring forth the structure of a spider, at once still and yet still moving.

Bobby Vilinsky 2021

Liz Van Buren

Liz Van Buren

Liz Van Buren

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Welcome, and thank you for checking out my art!

I have always been somehow involved in the arts since I was a teenager, whether it be creative writing or visual arts. With painting, my early works were hyperrealistic portraits and landscapes, and I was very interested in a photographic style of painting. But about 7 years ago, while living in Astoria, Queens, I started to explore a more abstract style – playing around with contrasts in textures and colors. That is where I still am in my art, today. Now, as an art therapist who guides clients through self-exploration through art, a lot of my personal artwork tends to be intuitive as well- trusting the process and enjoying it far more than the finished product. Exploring, expressing, and learning about myself. Getting it all out on the canvas or paper.

Lyn Christiansen

Lyn Christiansen

Lyn Christiansen

Lyn says, “Welcome to Open Studios. Thanks for stopping by to look at some of my more recent work.”

A full-time artist since 2004, my work combines fiber and mosaic elements, sometimes paint, video, or sound. Much of my fiber-work are collages of my explorations in making complex Kumihimo (Japanese) braids. My most recent exhibition was a large installation in Iga, Japan (Oct, 2019)