For Immediate Release: August 29, 2014. The Opposite of Concrete opens at Main Street Arts.
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For Immediate Release: August 29, 2014

Contact: Bradley Butler, gallery director
20 W. Main Street, Clifton Springs, NY 14432 | (315)462-0210

The Opposite of Concrete

An exhibition of Abstract Painting and Photography
Clifton Springs, NY – The press and public are invited to attend the opening reception for The Opposite of Concrete: An Exhibition of Abstract Painting and Photography at Main Street Arts on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 4 to 7p.m. 

This exhibition examines abstract imagery from 5 different points of view through paintings and photographs. The overarching theme that connects all of the work, besides being abstract, is the sense of mystery that is evoked from each image.

Artists featured in this exhibition 
include two photographers and three painters from the Rochester and upstate NY area. Visitors to the exhibition can expect to see over 40 pieces of artwork in this exciting and unique group exhibition.

Limited edition exhibition posters featuring images from the exhibition may be purchased in the Main Street Arts Online Gallery Shop when the exhibition opens. Each poster is signed by the artist and embossed with the gallery logo.

PRINT-READY PRESS IMAGES (Click to get full-sized image)

Image Details From Left to Right: 
1. Carl Chiarenza (photograph) - Tenaya 259, 220, 1991 
2. Bradley Butler (painting) - The Impossibility of Understanding
3. Karen Sardisco (painting) - Gravity
4. Sarah Sutton (painting) - Interstitial
5. Patricia Wilder (photograph) - Colorfield


Carl Chiarenza is a Rochester native and his photographs have been seen in over 80 one-person, and in over 260 group exhibitions since 1957. He is represented by galleries in Rochester, NY; New York, NY; Boston, MA; and Los Angeles, CA. Chiarenza is Fanny Knapp Allen Professor Emeritus of Art History, and Artist-in-Residence, at the University of Rochester.  He was Fanny Knapp Allen Professor there (1986-1998). At Boston University (1963-1986), he was Chairman, Director of Graduate Studies, and Professor of Art History.  He also taught at Smith College and Cornell University.

Bradley Butler, of Canandaigua, has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Rochester, Buffalo, and New York, NY; Georgetown, KY; and Portland, OR. He received an M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2010 and is the gallery director at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs. 

Karen Sardisco, of Rochester, is an associate professor of art at Monroe Community College. She has shown her work regionally and nationally including exhibitions at the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY; Echo Art Fair, Buffalo, NY; Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; and Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY. Sardisco’s work is included in many public and private collections including the University of Rochester’s Gleason Library; Natapow Development, Rochester NY; Westinghouse Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA; Chase Lincoln Bank, Buffalo, NY and Westwood Pharmaceuticals, Buffalo, NY.

Sarah Sutton lives and works in Ithaca. She is an assistant professor in art at Ithaca College. She has a BA in Humanities from John Carroll University and an MFA from Kent State University. Her work is represented by Leslie’s Art Gallery in Luxembourg, EU, and has shown her work in Europe and across the United States. She has attended the Millay Colony artist residency, as well as the Sante Fe Art Institute residency funded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. 

Patricia Wilder, of Victor, has shown her photographic work widely in the Rochester/Upstate NY region and beyond. Her work is included in corporate and public collections, including: Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Canandaigua National Bank and Trust, American Red Cross (WNY Regional Offices), and James Wilmot Cancer Center at Strong Memorial Hospital among others.


“Akin to poetry and prose, a photograph may be equally used to represent the mysterious or invisible. The images are transformations which refer to and represent visual sensations which I know only from a mix of past encounters with other pictures, music, the world, dreams, and fantasies.” ­— Carl Chiarenza

"I paint to disconnect from reality and then I keep painting to disconnect from the act of painting itself. In the studio, I use chance encounters with my chosen art materials to make lines and amorphous shapes. The remnants of my activity become something to be referenced as mirroring reality, something familiar to both the viewer and myself." — Bradley Butler

“Much of my work examines memory and looks back at recollections that are now incomplete. The vague reconsiderations paint pictures that come and go. The process of sorting and sifting aid in acknowledging the role that retrospection offers, providing clues but leaving much to contemplate.” — Karen Sardisco

"The work investigates the complexity of our instinctual need to locate ourselves within a space, our innate desire to find pattern, and the ever-present possibility of unintelligibility within the inundation of images that characterizes our current cultural landscape." — Sarah Sutton

"Even in my early images, I was drawn to small parts of the subject rather than the whole scene, always trying to extract the essence of the subject. My first instructor worked in nature, so my early work was made in the natural world. I have become interested in urban subjects with more abstract and minimalistic images emphasizing line, color, and surfaces." — Patricia Wilder

The exhibition runs September 6–November 1, 2014; gallery hours are Tuesday–Thursday, 11a.m.–6p.m. and Friday–Saturday, 11a.m.–7p.m. For additional information about this event, please contact Bradley Butler, gallery director at (315)462-0210 or email


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