“Rolling Stones” received a Merit Award at the 2016 Sali National Abstract Art Exhibition, Garfield Park Art Center, Indianapolis, IN.
National Juried Exhibition. “Rolling Stones.” International Society of Experimental Artists.
Juror Larry Brown accepted “Rolling Stones” into the Cooperstown National Exhibition of the Cooperstown Art Association. Larry Browns work is in the permanent collections of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art, Neward Museum of Art, Minnesota Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. His work has been reviewed by Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Art Journal and The New York Times. It is an honor for me to have Juror Larry Brown choose my work “Rolling Stones” into this outstanding exhibition.
Movement always appears in my work as do circles. I wanted to work with a different palate the day I created this piece: blacks, greys, whites, thin lines, thick lines, positive and negative spaces. The piece came together quickly because I had put these limitations on the work beforehand. And as I turned it in many directions thinking about a title I saw rolling stones. So that is the title I gave it. But as I have learned in other works I have created this work took on a whole lot of meaning for me as I began to talk about it.
First was the visual image – every time I look at this piece I see clear water moving over stones in a creek. Ripples and reflections. I only see beauty.
Then I thought of the musical group Rolling Stones – I imagine they called themselves that because they were always on the move – they gathered no moss. I don’t know but that is what the older staying implies, a rolling stone gathers no moss.
The idea that the phrase a rolling stone gathers no moss has so many ways it could be understood. The rolling stone that has no permanence had an aura of negativity surrounding it. It carried with it no roots, and roots were thought of as something positive.
I tend to think the opposite. I think of roots like I think of history – they/it are the baggage we carry with us as we travel through life. And this traveling, this movement allows for change and I think for the most part change is healthy because it implies growth and new and different perspectives think of movement as change and change as healthy. I think of a stationary rock as beautiful but unchanging. Today change and adaptability are important.
"There are no two identical ways artwork can be viewed. There is no right or wrong when viewing artwork our minds need to be as open as a child’s, playing with colorful building blocks or choosing colors from a box of crayons filled with possibilities." - Christine Alfery
Christine Alfery is an award winning Contemporary Conceptual Artist that has been widely exhibited in museums, galleries and in corporate and private collections around the world.
Christine has a style that is uniquely her own and one that has been widely, well-received and rewarded for its’ own uniqueness and beauty. Christine’s work employs many of the techniques of the abstract expressionists, including: gestural mark making, color fields and conceptual work. Having succeeded in the art world for over 50 years, Christine continues to strive for authenticity, emphasizing the importance of an artist who is true to themselves and not the whims of market trends.