Katonah's CB Gallery to host opening reception for artist Matt Ulrich’s “Folk Yeah!” exhibit


North Salem artist Matt Ulrich's "Folk Yeah!" exhibit will be on display at CB Gallery in Katonah through June 11. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)

This Saturday evening, Katonah’s CB Art Gallery invites locals and weekend visitors to an opening reception for an exhibit featuring the work of North Salem folk artist Matt Ulrich. “Folk Yeah!” is a collection of 18 paintings from Ulrich, all of which are on display and available for purchase through June 11 at the gallery, which was named 2019’s Best New Art Gallery by Westchester Magazine.

Ulrich began work on the collection this winter. In an intensely productive period of just 60 days, he created 18 oil paintings inspired by sacred geometry, which is the mathematical representation of patterns found in nature.

Ulrich's art is inspired by sacred geometry, which ascribes symbolic meaning to certain geometric shapes and proportions. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)

“I really got into a groove,” Ulrich said. “I worked on these pieces every night after work, doing multiple pieces at a time.” Ulrich, who works in oil paint, had two to three paintings in progress at all times. To maximize his output, he would apply paint to wooden canvases and move on to other pieces while paint dried on the initial set.

Christopher Brescia, who runs CB Gallery, first learned about Ulrich through an article in The North Salem Post, and was immediately eager to learn more. “I really appreciated Matt’s enthusiasm and the striking quality to his work,” Brescia said.

In selecting artists to feature at CB, Brescia first meets with them and then gives himself time to see “if I can’t stop thinking about the work.” Ulrich had that effect on him. “There was something about the shapes and the colorways that really struck me in a way that folk art might not normally have done,” Brescia said.

The pieces on exhibit in “Folk Yeah!” are classic Ulrich, featuring geometrical shapes and symmetrical patterns. The collection has three main styles: traditional hex, flower adornments and dot work. Ulrich said he wanted each piece to have the feel of at least one of the three styles, though he said there is some crossover among the work.

The “Folk Yeah!” collection has three main styles: traditional hex, flower adornments and dot art. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)

“I never dreamed I’d be having a solo show, so this is a really exciting, wonderful time,” Ulrich said. “I’d love to see the town come out to support it and to support the gallery.”

The opening reception for "Folk Yeah!" will take place Saturday, April 30 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at CB Art Gallery, 23 Valley Road, Katonah.

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