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Photo courtesy of the Crary Art Gallery Bedroom in Stow, an oil on canvas, is the work of Hannah Steele, whose work will be featured in a new exhibition at the Crary Art Gallery starting this weekend.

An upcoming exhibition at the Crary Art Gallery aims to investigate how light travels, constructs new structures and activates spaces.

The artist is Hannah Steele and the exhibition — “Hannah Steele: architecture of light” – opens on Saturday and ends on July 17.

“In my work as an oil painter, I use the interiors that I inhabit on a daily basis as a subject,” Steele explained. “I’m interested in how the interior contains both the tangible and the intangible; these spaces are occupied equally by material objects and bodies [and] by the immaterial dance of light.

Steele graduated from Messiah University in 2019, then began showing her oil paintings primarily in Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Pittsburgh.

According to a statement from the Crary, Steele was named a finalist in the 14th International Center for Art Renewal Salon Competition and served as artist-in-residence at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania.

Last year, she returned to Massachusetts to pursue an MFA at Boston University.

“I am particularly interested in the way in which, in the space of a painting, light becomes as much a concrete form as anything else”, she explained. “It occupies and travels in space like a body and creates new geometric structures within existing architectures.

“Parallel to this relationship between the material and the immaterial, I aspire in my paintings to achieve a harmonious relationship between flatness and depth. I create tightly rendered areas of illusion that read as three-dimensional spaces and shapes, while cultivating areas that embrace the flatness and materiality of oil paint on canvas. The result is an image that oscillates between a portal drawing the viewer into deep space and a flat surface revealing the construction process and the nature of the materials used.

The opening of the exhibition is set for Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Crary Art Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is always free.



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