One Thing, and Then Another

May 12 – JULY 3, 2021
In “One Thing and Then Another” the Firehouse presents four painters addressing the gray spaces between ideas and reality. While looking at the world around us, we see one thing, and then another.

Joseph Cavalieri is a professionally trained glass artist, living and teaching in New York, who somewhat recently began to explore oil paintings with his graphically-styled studies of vintage New York police vehicles. They’re like clean and shiny children’s toys, full of nostalgia and objectivity, but as a representation of the varied role the police force has held in the city of New York and elsewhere, they can also be seen as coldly menacing expressions of power and force.

Samantha Fisher’s paintings construct collages from landscape views and imagined note sketches – drawing on a sense of nostalgia particular to an 80s and 90s pop culture overlaying the earth in imagination and reality. She works with references to the many ways children learn to express themselves through writing, with line and color on various notepapers – contrasted with a depiction of landscape resembling out-of-focus travel snapshots, as though seen briefly through a backseat car window. She lives and works in the Pacific Northwest, inspired by the landscape and solitude of her small town in Washington state.

Mark Farrell is a Denver artist who creates scenes of suburban life that combine the familiar with the absurd – imaginative embellishments inspired by his love of Halloween, and the way that suburban lawns are transformed into temporary art installations. The landscape is candy-coated but the figures are engaged in serious pursuits – reflections of his progressive response to contemporary social and political issues.

Sierra Montoya Barela is an artist living and working in between Philadelphia, PA and Denver, CO. Montoya Barela earned a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015. Montoya Barela’s most recent work lives in the realm of still lifes and invented or imagined spaces. The paintings play with perspective, symbolism, perception and occasionally illusion.

All four artists draw from childhood and memory, combining the real and the absurd – achieving through painting a cumulative expression of what it’s like to love the world as a child and then reflect as an adult, blending a mature perspective with the cultural aesthetics and naive playfulness of youth.