February 8, 2023

“Where Color Meets Memory” On View at Arts Council

“15/38/27”: This work by Katie Truck is featured in “Where Color Meets Memory,” an exhibition of pantyhose and wire sculpture by Truk and collaged paintings by Dolores Poacelli, on view February 11 through March 11 at the Arts Council of Princeton. An opening reception is on Saturday, February 11 from 3-5 p.m.

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) will show “Where Color Meets Memory,” an exhibition of collaged paintings and atmospheric sculpture by artists Dolores Poacelli and Katie Truk, February 11 through March 11 in the Arts Council’s Taplin Gallery. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, February 11 from 3-5 p.m.

Poacelli and Truk have an intuitive relationship to color and form while applying metaphors of human emotions. Brilliant colors cascade through their pieces, charging their compositions and rejecting static confines of interior space.

Poacelli’s collaged paintings are pools of energetic colors and anthropomorphic shapes that rhythmically dance from foreground to background in rich textured atmospheres.

Truk’s sculpture are also rich in textured atmospheres. She plays with light on her vivid kaleidoscopes of layered transparent pantyhose as the viewer shifts their movement and viewpoint.

“Relationships are never easy,” said Poacelli, “especially those between color, shape, texture, space. And especially tension. No matter what the medium or material — everything from recycled aluminum press plates to cardboard — I attempt to create a tension in each piece: the all-important proportion, the placement and relationship of one shape to another shape and one color to another color in search of an essence, a simplicity. The relationship of the work to the viewer hopefully connects the universal to the personal.” In “Where Color Meets Memory,” Poacelli’s anthropomorphic shapes are floating, clinging, existing in interior spaces, employing intense color and collage.

Truk’s pieces are a marriage of sensual malleability of pantyhose and the rigidity of wire. Internal conversation and motion are induced within the static confine. Thread binds and extends the aggression and vulnerability, echoing life’s twists, turns, and pulling within our rigorous regulations and expectations. Pantyhose is strong yet unique in color and composition. Each has its own breaking point and beauty in complexity of layered strength and texture. Free of pedestal or directed viewpoint allows change in perspective, which is necessary to explore the depth of understanding of the whole picture.

“Color has the subliminal power to invoke emotions and memory,” said Truk. “Just like our other senses, it can transport us back through time to an experience or reaction. I use color intentionally or instinctively to manipulate that subconscious mood while implying movement to the static forms within the presented microcosm. Though all of my artworks being exhibited are from different series, the one uniting denominator is color.”

Also on view in the Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts are “Train of Thoughts,” collaborative mixed media works by Donna Payton, Kathleen Preziosi, and Libby Ramage, drawings by Mary Dolan, and the Princeton Sketchbook Club library collection.

The Arts Council of Princeton is located at 102 Witherspoon Street. For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.