Past Exhibitions

Homecoming: Sarah Bostwick, Damian Loeb, and Doug Wada

March 26 —August 6, 2006

Over the years The Aldrich Museum has influenced the paths of many young people in careers in the visual arts, through both its education programs and direct experience of art. The exhibition Homecoming is conceived to champion the work of three artists, Sarah Bostwick, Damian Loeb, and Doug Wada, who grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut, returning their achievements to both a town and an institution which played a formative role in their lives. Homecoming opens at the Aldrich on March 26 with a reception from 3 to 6 pm.

Sarah Bostwick, who graduated from high school in Ridgefield in 1997, creates elegant three-dimensional drawings that reference architectural and landscape space. The artist primarily works in Hydrocal, a hard, plaster-like material, casting crisp, minimalist reliefs that combine the precision of architectural drafting with a restrained sense of geometric abstraction. Bostwick's work plays with notions of how much visual information can be removed from a depiction of place without eliminating a sense of specific location. The artist, who lived in San Francisco for the last four years, has recently relocated to Brooklyn. She has had solo exhibitions at Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco, and in 2005 was awarded a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Learn more about Sarah Bostwick

Damian Loeb worked as a guard at The Aldrich in the late 1980s, while in high school. Over the course of the past ten years Loeb has become widely known for his realist paintings that appropriate images from both popular culture and high art. The artist's work has frequently made headlines due to lawsuits involving copyright infringement, and his practice has consistently dealt with issues surrounding the ownership of visual images in our media-saturated culture. Loeb's paintings deal provocatively with both our collective visual memory of familiar images and the way the media constantly recycles and recasts well-known images to serve different ends. Loeb will be showing collages, photographs, and paintings, tracing the trajectory of his work from the 1990s to the present. The artist lives in New York and is represented in the United States by Mary Boone Gallery in New York, and in Europe by Jay Jopling/White Cube in London.

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Sarah Bostwick, Capp Street, 2004

Damian Loeb, CAN'T YOU TAKE A JOKE?, 2004

Doug Wada, Vehicle, 2004

Doug Wada, who left Ridgefield in 1984 to attend the School of Visual Arts in New York, has become recognized for paintings that depict common, everyday objects on a one-to-one scale. Playing off painting traditions that include Pop, Minimalism, and Photo-Realism, Wada's paintings are literal representations of objects such as dumpsters, school lockers, suitcases, and air conditioners, done in a deadpan style that emphasizes their abstract qualities. The artist will be presenting a new series of large paintings in Homecoming that depict head-on views of a Cadillac SUV against monochrome backgrounds. To create the paintings Wada rented a vehicle and photographed it on the streets of Washington D.C., provocatively parking it so that the familiar architecture of the nation's capital was reflected on its polished surface. Wada lives and works in New York and has had recent solo exhibitions at Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, and Borgmann · Nathusius, Cologne, Germany.

The Aldrich is pleased to offer round-trip transportation to the opening reception from New York. Please call 203.438.4519 for reservations or more information.

Homecoming is sponsored, in part, by Ridgefield Bank

Learn more about Sarah Bostwick