“New Paintings and Select Photographic Portraits,” an exhibition by Michael Sundra will be on display in the Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery March 2-30. The opening reception is March 2 from 5-8 p.m.
Sundra has been featured both nationally and internationally in exhibits. One of the most notable appearances of his work was as part of “Americans on Americans,” the photographic tour that opened at the Kiev Museum of Art in Kiev, Ukraine in 1997, and curated by Tom Caravaglia, professor of photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. It featured work from Sundra’s Venice Beach, California series, and was displayed in the company of works by Annie Liebowitz, Walker Evans, Dorthea Lange, Herb Ritts, Bernice Abbot, and “beat” poet Alan Ginsburg. As a photographer, Sundra is most known for his black and white portraits and high quality archival prints, which were created out of his Hartford, CT, Colt building studio and darkroom. His current work in abstract painting explores the Taoist philosophy and spiritual practice of Wu Wei, allowing nature to take its course and have a greater part in the creation of art. Sundra resides in Farmington and holds a degree from Paier College of Art. The Barnes-Franklin Art Gallery, located at the entrance of the 600 Building, is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call 860.773.1974 or email email@example.com.