Non-Fiction Gallery, a program of Art Rise Savannah, is pleased to announce the opening of Greetings from Wonderland, a two-person exhibition by H. E. Ramage and Zander Stefani. The opening reception is Friday, May 19th from 6 – 9 pm. Non-Fiction Gallery is located at 1522 Bull St, Savannah, GA, and the event is free and open to the public. 10% of all gallery sales will be donated to the ALS Association Georgia Chapter.
Using a variety of mediums, both artists present the concepts of spirituality and purgatory in their work. H. E. Ramage and Zander Stefani use painting, sculpture, and installation to manifest visions of intense existential moments. The work of the two artists is united by their passion to find comfort in the uncomfortable.
H.E. Ramage draws from cultural beliefs and practices relating to the afterlife in present-day and historic civilizations, exploring the myriad ways people have sought peace in the face of mortality. From the sublime experience of nature to the sense of belonging we feel from being a part of cultural ceremony, these shared human experiences create the foundation for the artist’s paintings and sculptures. Making the artwork is Ramage’s ritual; it is her platform though which to confront the intangible. In Ramage’s piece Back of My Eyelids, the figure lies face upwards, with one hand lifted as she stares out above. The figure has a bare outline at the edges of her form, illustrating an experience in which personal identity is seeping away. This painting represents moments that leave an indelible impression, causing a person’s individuality to be crushed under its weight.
Zander Stefani’s work has intertwining tones of spirituality and street style, bringing to light the palpable connection between the pure expression of graffiti and the intense meditation of spirituality. Like voices in his head, each brushstroke compels Stefani forward, whether it deserves to be boldly highlighted and stand out or occupy a quiet place within the composition. In the painting Finish Line, the dark and rigid outlines over the seemingly chaotic layers beneath bring a sense of control. The outlines emulate the materiality of the physical world, creating the structure within our existence. The sense of glowing light breaking through the framework sparks ideas of curiosity and exploration, embracing the comfort of our physical reality while suggesting the infinite possibilities of existence.
Exhibition website: greetingsfromwonder.land
Back of My Eyelids, 2017, Oil on panel, 30 x 30 in.
H.E. Ramage (b. 1993, United States) is receiving a B.F.A. in painting with a minor in portrait arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design in the spring of 2017. She has exhibited her work internationally in Lacoste, France and domestically in Los Alamos, New Mexico and Savannah, Georgia. Ramage has participated in Open Studio events and her work is part of private collections in New Mexico and Georgia. She is currently living and working in Savannah, GA.
More about the artist: www.heramage.com
Finish Line, 2017, Acrylic on panel, 42 x 46 in.
Zander Stefani (b. 1994, Toronto) is receiving a B.F.A. in painting in the spring of 2017 from Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. He has exhibited his work in Georgia and Florida. Stefani is currently living and working in Savannah, GA and will be relocating to Los Angeles in the fall of 2017.
More about the artist: www.zanderstefani.com