Thu Sep 6 – Sun Oct 7, 2018 11:00am – 4:00pm

Canaries in a Blue Coal Mine, by Gar Waterman

Sponsored by: Kehler Liddell Gallery

OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, September 9th, 3-6pm; with Artist Talk @ 2pm.

Gar Waterman’s sculptures address our abuse of the ocean environment. Waterman’s sculpture is often infused with a visual foundation of marine imagery – the product of years of diving with his underwater filmmaker father. As biodiversity vanishes at an unprecedented rate, from both above and below the water line, Waterman believes that “art inspired by nature takes on a new kind of political urgency as the subject matter disappears in front of our eyes.” Waterman explains: “Canaries in a Blue Coal Mine represents what, I hope, is an informative dialogue between art, the marine creatures that inspire it, and what ocean acidification will mean for us all.”

Gar Waterman was born in Maine and grew up in Princeton, NJ, with a formative year in Tahiti, where his father documented their underwater adventure, exploring the barrier reefs of the South Pacific, in a National Geographic Special. After graduating Dartmouth, Waterman moved to Pietrasanta, Italy, where he lived for seven years and learned to carve stone. His sculpture combines observation of natural phenomena, sensual devotion to the tactile possibilities of material, and a model maker’s tinkering sensibility. In 1996, the artist acquired an abandoned warehouse for $1 from the City of New Haven and transformed it into West Rock Studio, where he has lived and worked for the last 22 years. More information:

Kehler Liddell Gallery (KLG) is a cooperative gallery, in the heart of New Haven’s Westville village, representing 23 of the area’s most notable emerging and established artists. Monthly exhibitions are highlighted by free community arts programming, presented in partnership with the ArtEcon Initiative. Gallery hours: Thursday–Friday, 11am-4pm; Saturday–Sunday, 10am-4pm. The gallery is free and open to the public. More information:

Admission: Free
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