The grey sea and the long black land
Elisabeth Belliveau & Joshua Bonnetta | August 4 - September 14, 2012

The grey sea and the long black land

Roos Arts
The grey sea and the long black land
Elisabeth Belliveau and Joshua Bonnetta

August 4 - September 14, 2012
Opening Party: August 4, 6 - 8 pm

Through drawing and film, this exhibition brings together the work of  two contemporary artists, Elisabeth Belliveau and Joshua Bonnetta, working within the tradition of landscape and still life. Their work describes light, time and place through observation and poetic reflection. The title of the exhibition "The grey sea and the long black land" is the first line from Robert Browning's poem:

Meeting at Night
The grey sea and the long black land;
And the yellow half-moon large and low;
And the startled little waves that leap
In fiery ringlets from their sleep,
As I gain the cove with pushing prow,
And quench its speed i' the slushy sand.

Then a mile of warm sea-scented beach;
Three fields to cross till a farm appears;
A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch
And blue spurt of a lighted match,
And a voice less loud, thro' its joys and fears,
Than the two hearts beating each to each!
Elisabeth Belliveau uses diaristic, improvisational, "Do It Yourself" strategies to create unapologetically poetic work. Through material research and personal filter imbued with longing, loss and love, Belliveau's drawings explore the in-betweenness of objects, landscapes, animals and us.

Joshua Bonnetta's Strange Lines and Distances is a two-channel audio-visual work focusing on Guglielmo Marconi’s first transatlantic radio broadcast. The work is inspired by Marconi’s belief that sound never diminishes, but rather grows incrementally fainter and fainter. He believed that with an adequately sensitive receiver, one could amplify the echoes of history. Strange Lines and Distances looks at and listens to the past, revisiting Marconi’s original transmission sites in order to explore the hauntological aspects of radio and landscape. The installation invites a consideration of the monumental impact of the first wireless transmission, and explores the medium’s potential to conflate and fragment both space and time. Strange Lines and Distances takes its title from a passage in Francis Bacon’s utopian text New Atlantis, in which Bacon imagines a futuristic society’s culture, politics, history and media. In contradistinction, Strange Lines and Distances moves backwards, retrospectively exploring the invention of radio while looking for echoes and historical intimations of the past within the present.

Born in Antigonish Nova Scotia Canada, Elisabeth Belliveau is a published author of three graphic novels and an interdisciplinary artist, working in stop-motion animation, drawing and fibre arts. She completed an MFA  in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montreal and a BFA  from Alberta College of Art and Design. She has been the recipient of several grants and awards such as the William Blair Brucebo Scholarship as well as a participant at international residency programs including Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale NY, Banff Centre for the Arts and The National Film Board of Canada.

Joshua Bonnetta is an interdisciplinary artist working with film, video and sound in various modes of theatrical exhibition, performance and installation. His work has shown at the Berlin Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, The Images Festival, Mutek International Festival of Electronic Music, Exis Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, 25 fps Festival, Anthology Film Archives and at festivals and venues through out Europe, U.K., Russia, North & South America.

Please contact Heige Kim at or 718-755-4726 for more information about this exhibition.

Roos Arts
449 Main Street
Rosendale NY, 12472
t. 718-755-4726