Connecting art and people in Chatham-Kent
Gerald Stone, born and raised in Montreal and vicinity, divides his time between Chatham and south Florida. During his undergraduate years he studied with artists Charles Gagnon and Günter Nolte. A keen interest in photography, coupled with his training as a professional librarian, led to a position in the National Photography Collection and a lengthy career at the National Archives of Canada and Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. Gerald was inspired to start making assemblages after viewing an exhibition of the work of the renowned artist Louise Nevelson at the Baker Museum in Naples, Florida in 2012.
“Making assemblages is a recent undertaking. By re-purposing found wooden objects into assemblages, I create personal narratives and explore aesthetic qualities such as abstraction, colour, balance and harmony. I create assemblages from wooden objects found in thrift stores, garage sales or which simply have been discarded. Toy blocks, knobs and fragments of furniture and scrap lumber are staples. Supports are usually wooden trays or boxes of one sort or another. “Think outside the box” was a mantra I heard often in my professional career. Now, as an artist, I find delight and creative expression working, quite literally, inside of the box. “Think inside the box” challenges me to create artwork within prescribed boundaries, not unlike photography's format boundaries. Creativity comes from standing the box, and the objects with which I populate it, on its head, re-contextualizing these through arrangement and colour.”
JURIED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Hello Yellow, Naples Art Association, Naples, Florida
2016 Putting It Together: The Art of Assembling, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, Missouri
2016 Add Some/Take Some: An Abstractions Show, Armory Arts Annex, Lake Worth, Florida
2016 Art 2016, Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida