‘Icons — Lunacy & Scribblings’ at BluSeed

SARANAC LAKE – BluSeed Studios will open a unique exhibition, “Icons – Lunacy & Scribblings,” featuring works by artist Tim Fortune and poet Maurice Kenny, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Fortune’s connection with the power of nature has been a solitary pursuit. Alone, encountering a giant white pine, the glistening water or the distant moon, imprints a lasting impression which can only be considered “spiritual in nature.”

This ongoing relationship with nature’s images might be compared to an obsessive lunacy – its hold is absolute. The resulting artwork is often surprising as the creative process evolves. In particular, the use of photography has always been of interest to Fortune, partly because of its ability to repeat itself, allowing him to use the grid format to expand a collective of ideas into a whole statement. Whatever the result of his artistic process, the viewer is always welcome to use his or her own personal filters and add a unique interpretation to the show.”

Maurice Kenny will be exhibiting a group of intuitive “scribbles” based off his poetry. Kenny was born in Watertown in 1929. He was educated at Butler University, St. Lawrence University and New York University, where he studied with the eminent American poet, Louise Bogan. In the 1950s he took up residence in New York City for several years. In the early to mid-60s, he lived in Mexico and the Virgin Islands, moving to Chicago for one year. From Chicago he moved to Brooklyn where he lived until his recent return to the Adirondack country of upstate New York.

He has been the co-editor of the literary review magazine Contact/II as well as the editor/publisher of Strawberry Press.

He has also been poetry editor of Adirondac Magazine, Poet-in-Residence at North Country Community College and Visiting Professor at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, Okla., the En’owkin Center at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia and at Paul Smith’s College.

BluSeed Studios is located at 24 Cedar St., Saranac Lake.