‘Art and Residence’ Curates A Context For Art In The Home
Chris Hebert while hanging “Art and Residence” in advance of the exhibit’s opening.
By Jamie Larson
It can be intimidating to start an art collection, or just to decide how your next piece will work in your home. At The Hudson Mercantile, 202 Allen Street in Hudson, New York, owner Chris Hebert is opening a novel design show that aims to help put fine art in context with the furnishings and character of your home, and that’s not all.
“It’s quality art by quality artists set in a living environment,” Hebert says.
Art and Residence, opening on Friday, Oct. 9, features the work of regional artist and former doctor of clinical psychology Michael Quadland. His emotional, nonobjective work pulls textural inspiration from the old factories and industrial bones in the areas around his home in Litchfield, Conn. The way Hebert has chosen to display Quadland’s work alongside high-quality antique furnishings accentuates how the paintings work beautifully with a variety of interior design styles.
“I love the aesthetic of what Chris is doing with the Art and Residence exhibitions,” says Quadland. “It’s an exciting concept. I know that people like my work but they don’t know how to use it in their homes. Many are surprised to learn that it works as well in a traditional home as it does in more contemporary spaces. I’ve done many gallery shows that were wonderful, but this seems to take the concept of an exhibition a step beyond, making it more integrated with the way we live.”
Between his storefront on Warren Street and the converted warehouse two blocks away on Allen Street, Hebert has more than enough space to experiment with shows like this. And aside from using the exhibit to sell Quadland’s excellent art and the shop’s furnishings, he has other goals as well.
Hebert says the white walls and museum atmosphere of a gallery can make art seem out of reach to those unfamiliar with the art world. Seeing fine art in a more casual setting shows a potential buyer that these high-end pieces are just as much for them as for anyone else.
“A lot of people think they don’t understand art,” Hebert says. “Or they think it’s only for the well off. The majority of people aren’t buying art as an investment. You should be buying pieces because you love them. I think art should be more personal and more accessible.”
Quadland’s works aren’t cheap but they are reasonable given the Hudson market ($1,500 to $4,000). And though they may seem an investment for the uninitiated, Hebert says that’s why it’s even more important a buyer feels comfortable that a painting will work in the home before pulling out the credit card.
The show serves a great purpose for the artist as well, reintroducing the public to an artist’s older work that, despite its quality, didn’t sell during past shows.
But with the Art and Residence concept, the work is renewed — in a context that will help you decide if it belongs in your living room.
The Hudson Mercantile
Art and Residence: Oct. 9—Dec. 15
318 Warren St, Hudson, NY
Reception: Friday, Oct. 9, 5-8 p.m. at 202 Allen Street