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Art exhibit at Greater Hartford campus through April 29 (Released: 4/14/97)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Al Martinez creates paintings that plug into the wall. Pamela Stockamore's paintings may be mistaken for fragments of metal. Nancy Wynn layers images scanned in a computer. Augustine Della Vecchia turns wood into abstract sculpture.

Works by these artists, affiliated with the University of Connecticut's Greater Hartford Campus, will be on display through April 29 in the art gallery of the Undergraduate Building on Lawler Road in West Hartford. The exhibit commemorates the campus's 50th anniversary.

Martinez , a professor of art at the Greater Hartford Campus, uses electric lights to create color on his canvases, along with other imagery. Martinez, of NEW YORK CITY, attaches wicker baskets to the surface of the canvas and mounts lights behind the baskets. Light filters through the baskets and bleeds from the sides onto the surface of the canvas illuminating the image. The parts of the canvas that the light does not touch are painted.

Martinez's works have been shown in group exhibitions at Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, Artworks Gallery in Hartford, and The William Benton Museum of Art at UConn. His solo shows include, at the University Gallery at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, the Cayman Gallery in New York, and Artworks Gallery in Hartford.

Stockamore, of LITCHFIELD, paints large square sheets of paper so they look like metal. "My goal is to transform the original surface into what appears to be an entirely different kind of material," says

Stockamore, a lecturer at the Greater Hartford Campus.

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"The works pass as meticulous histories not of changing decades, but of generations, of eons," she says. "I have always been fascinated by rusted bits of metal and the layers of information and history on a weathered facade."

Stockamore's work has appeared in group exhibits at Galerie Ruth Allemann in Zurich, Switzerland, Deanna Miller Fine Art in Santa Monica, Calif., and Berkshire Artisans Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. Her solo shows include: Still-Zinsel Contemporary Fine Art in New Orleans, Paesaggio Gallery in Canton and Garrison Art Center in Garrison, N.Y.

Wynn, of SOUTH WINDSOR teaches at the Storrs campus. She also is an alumna. Her imagery is created in the computer. Wynn uses a scanner in place of the traditional camera. Her works are constructed from layered scanned images. The works, however, do not look digital. Contributing the non-digital appearance is her printmaking process, which uses fine English mouldmade paper with thick fibrous texture.

"Currently, my work examines the contradictions of many of our culture's socially constructed attitudes," Wynn says.

Wynn's work has been shown at The New Britain Museum of American Art, Artworks Gallery in Hartford and the Colt Building in Hartford. Her solo shows include the Lindgren Gallery in Manchester and the Greater Hartford Campus.

Augustine Della Vecchia of PLAINVILLE creates wood vessels and abstract sculptures out of wood.

Della Vecchia will be graduating from the Greater Hartford Campus in May with a bachelor of general studies degree. He is an electrician at the campus.

"My goal is to push the traditional boundaries of woodturning beyond the making of vessels to the creation of sculpture," Della Vecchia says. "The turning on the lathe that was formerly the final process is now the starting point. This allows me the freedom to become more intimately involved with each piece as it is hand carved to fruition."

Della Vecchia's works have been shown at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury and the Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg, Mass.

Gallery hours: Weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.