Paintings, musical pairings, sculpture featured at event

An untitled 48”x32” oil and acrylic on canvas is part of the new exhibition.

An untitled 48”x32” oil and acrylic on canvas is part of the new exhibition.

Get a “Reclaimed Perspective” on art as the Greenwich Arts Council presents paintings, furniture and musical pairings by Greenwich artist Joseph Dermody from May 23 to June 20 at the Bendheim Gallery.

Mr. Dermody has said he finds living in coastal New England to be a constant inspiration for his work. Drawing upon local natural elements, he reconstructs the physical world into abstract paintings or functional sculpture.

“I make new art from old recycled materials. What was once part of a computer, or floating in the ocean, becomes part of a coffee table or a piece of wall art,” Mr. Dermody said.

The artist is constantly recycling his ideas as well. What may not work for him in one medium may well come to life in another.

Mr. Dermody is also a professional musician fluent with many instruments, and this musical background inspires everything that he creates. This dimension is especially apparent in his paintings, which are called “dream-like meditations that allude to sea, sky and horizon across impressionistically colored surfaces.” Most of the paintings in the exhibition are, in fact, “paired” with musical compositions, some by Mr. Dermody himself.

Labels are configured with bar codes which the viewer may swipe with a smart phone and listen to a brief musical passage that correlates to the canvases thereby giving them a unique multi-sensory depth.

Such creative complexity is very much on display in the free standing works of functional sculpture. A table, bench or chair moves Mr. Dermody’s passion for recycling physical material and emotion into three dimensional space. They confirm his commitment to making his work approachable to viewers, inviting them to share his creative vision in their own unique way.

Paul Master-Karnik, executive director of the Greenwich Arts Council, will discuss the exhibition with Mr. Dermody at 6:45 p.m. during the exhibition’s Opening Reception on Thursday, May 23. The exhibition will also be a focus of outreach art education to the Greenwich Public Schools through the art council’s [email protected] Program, funded in 2013 by the Patti Shively Foundation, the Ruth Brown Foundation and private donors.

Reclaimed Perspective will remain at the Bendheim Gallery through June 20. Gallery Hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday to Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The handicapped accessible entrance is located at 299 Greenwich Avenue, second floor.

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