‘Abstracting the Figure’ exhibition on display at Kitchen Theatre

Tompkins Weekly Staff

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A painting by Michael Sampson, titled “Julie, Montreal.”

The Kitchen Theatre doesn’t just have a new play on stage, it has new artwork in its gallery.

The exhibition “Abstracting the Figure: Paintings by Michael Sampson” is on display in the Judith Holliday Gallery at the theater, through December 15. A reception with artist Michael Sampson will take place from 5-7 p.m. Friday, December 1, at the gallery. The Kitchen Theatre, and its gallery, is located at 417 W. MLK Jr./State St. in Ithaca.

Sampson has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Monserrat College and has been exhibiting his work in this region since 2003. A member of the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, his work has been seen at CSMA Gallery, Sola Art Gallery in Ithaca, Finger Lakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester; and Montreal Art Center in Canada.

In describing the work now being exhibited at the Kitchen, Sampson said his paintings “start from figure drawings that I either paint on top of or transfer to canvas.”
“I am interested in gestural, quick compositions from the live model that I can build on as my paintings progress. Though abstract, my paintings assert multiple readings, which I very much allow and hope for in each piece,” he said. “I think of the model as a collaborator. I am finding shapes and lines in the model’s body, but I am also making a picture about them. The colors and textures reveal something I am conveying about the model, and as my muse the model breathes life into my work which would not be there if I was not working with a model.”

The gallery is open one hour before every performance. For more information about Michael Sampson, visit MichaelFSampson.com.