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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Denise Liberi

Apr

04

Written by Nicole Gaudier

Denise Liberi‘s works  Bathers and Backstraps will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

Denise Liberi,  Backstraps, 2013, from the film stills Backstraps, Mixed media

Denise Liberi, Backstraps, 2013, from the film stills Backstraps, Mixed media

A Statement from the Artist:

“The two film stills I selected presented me with philosopher Roland Barthes’s concept of punctum, “that accident which pricks me (but also bruises me, is poignant to me).” I was visually intrigued by multiple elements – the simple compositions, the dated coloring, the presence of pools and bathing suits. Conceptually, I was drawn to the backward facing figures and the connection between the two images. Drawing from the original film stills, I allowed myself to add, subtract, and simplify to create my own narrative.

The resulting diorama structures describe everything, yet explain nothing. Their small size calls for intimate experiences, much like photographic objects themselves. The layered scenes have been deconstructed and reconstructed into a structure alluding to primitive theater. Backstraps and Bathers give homage to the mysterious power of the anonymous photograph to transcend time and place.”

Denise Liberi, Bathers, 2013, from the film stills Bathers, Mixed media

Denise Liberi, Bathers, 2013, from the film stills Bathers, Mixed media

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Jonathan Lux

Apr

01

Written by Nicole Gaudier

A statement from the artist:

“Choosing a favorite image (or images) for this exhibition seemed to take no time at all; however I had a rather difficult time adapting the content into something satisfactory. Then over the summer, while walking across the Battersea Bridge, I remembered R.B. Kitaj’s curious sketches, obsessing upon the tiny figure lurking under the Battersea Bridge, in Whistler’s painting of the same name. With that, I felt I had found the perfect register from which to engage the project. Game on.I settled on my favorite figure,(who’s oddly similar to the mystery man in Whistler’s picture) then set about to make the painting be about him, tinkering or deleting the elements of the reference photo that were no longer necessary.”

Jonathan Lux, The Return, 2013, from the film still The Dive, Oil on canvas

Jonathan Lux, The Return, 2013, from the film still The Dive, Oil on canvas

Jonathan Lux ‘s work  The Return  will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

 

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Madeleine Peck Wagner

Mar

28

Written by Nicole Gaudier

A Statement from the artist:

“When considering the parameters of a group project, the urge to be distinct, and at the same time conform to the anticipated group need collide. In my wider body of work, I am currently exploring the contradictions inherent in femininity. With this piece specifically, I am attempting to combine George Kubler’s notion of the copy and the point of invention through a faux memory that is self-referential, with imagery that is undergirded by cultural notions of female acceptability/desirability.

By using the image Posture 1 as a point of departure, I cast myself both in the role of the young girl, and as observer. I imagined how she might rather present herself, and then used her original pose as a referent to execute a more fashion-esque version. I chose to obscure the face to depersonalize the “memory” while aesthetically I attempted to marry newer methods of working within my (own) established lexicon.”

Madeleine Peck Wagner, Imagining Relativity {idealized deviation 1}, 2013, from the film still Posture 1, Pencil on paper with flashe, watercolor, and spray paint

Madeleine Peck Wagner, Imagining Relativity {idealized deviation 1}, 2013, from the film still Posture 1, Pencil on paper with flashe, watercolor, and spray paint

Madeleine Peck Wagner ‘s work Imagining Relativity {idealized deviation 1}   will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Chip Southworth

Mar

25

Written by Nicole Gaudier

Chip Southworth ‘s work   Rise of the Matriarch  will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

Statement by Chip Southworth:

“This is where the story blossoms…Final preparation prior to becoming one flesh, one unit, one family… Rise of the Matriarch! From her comes new life and the experiences that these lives will build together are Our Shared Past. I chose this image because it is so exciting, full of love and emotion… The beginning of a grand adventure! The piece that evolved for me is a monument to that moment and feeling. I have taken my heart to the panels and the brushstrokes are my experiences. The scale is daunting and massive to place the viewer in the moment. How grand she must have felt at that moment, invincible, lucky, loved, and ready for the world. The composition is almost religious. Exploration of the materials is pushed to a new level as the fabric that flows from the subject to the viewer is chaotic and powerful, yet still beautiful and (hopefully) infinitely interesting to the eye as they harken back to the moment of the Rise.”

Chip Southworth, Rise of the Matriarch, 2013, from the film still Split Screen, Mixed media (acrylic, graphite, ink and carbon on wood panels)

Chip Southworth, Rise of the Matriarch, 2013, from the film still Split Screen, Mixed media (acrylic, graphite, ink and carbon on wood panels)

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Overstreet Ducasse

Mar

21

Written by Nicole Gaudier

Overstreet Ducasse ‘s work  Famiy Tree will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

Statement by the artist:

Overstreet Ducasse, Family Tree,  2013, from all the film stills, Mixed media

Overstreet Ducasse, Family Tree, 2013, from all the film stills, Mixed media

“While creating, my primary purpose is to produce a composition that is both as stimulating to the eyes as it is to the mind. There are no

boundaries to the mood or theme I have attempted to portray. While most of my works exhibit a social, political, religious, and even educational view, I am also known for displaying a cynical, and satirical view. These views are often displayed in series with individual themes such as Astrology, Biblical laws, Hip-hop and Mathematics.

Fascinated by the origins of thought, I expend as much energy with the initial idea as I do with the final result. I don’t necessarily have a clear idea from the beginning, but discover the path along the way. It is all part of the process, a process not limited by medium or style but influenced by the patterns and materials I acquire along the way.

Most of my works are rendered using a vast amount of material, from canvas to wood and even metal. However, there is a consistent pattern in each individual painting that makes it recognizable. I enjoy working with perspective, shadows, and Trompe-l’œil, the art of fooling the eye.  All in the hopes of not just making you look, but also making you think.

For this particular project, I set out to create a family tree of Jefree Shalev. This includes his great grandparents, grandparents, parents, aunts, and uncles. Each person is portrayed by a piece of wood and is embellished based on the person’s character, job, history, or passion.”

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Jessie Barnes

Mar

18

Written by Nicole Gaudier

A statement from the artist:

“’The photograph is literally an emanation of the referent. From a real body, which was there, proceed radiations which ultimately touch me, who am here…A sort of umbilical cord links the body of the photographed thing to my gaze: light, though impalpable, is here a carnal medium, a skin that I share with anyone who has been photographed.’

-Roland Barthes, from Duchamp’s Boite-en-valise; T.J. Demos

Jessie Barnes, Haunting,2013, from the film still Haunting, Oil on canvas

Jessie Barnes, Haunting, 2013, from the film still Haunting, Oil on canvas

Photographic media have proven to be invariably intriguing to our newest generations. They provide for us a sustainable, tangible reference for an otherwise fleeting, elusive moment that may not have survived in the form of a memory alone. Furthermore, there’s something quite ethereal about the nature of a photographic portrait. It serves as a portal to our past, be it reflective or restorative, and is often charged with a certain familiarity, regardless of time or character.

Here, photography slips beyond representation. In Haunting, a pair of eyes gazes out at you from behind an invisible shield of time, simultaneously connecting the immortal with mortal; memory with physicality. As we enter this painting, we are halted by an abrupt sense of invasion. What is the meaning of this moment? Is she mid-sentence, angry, seductive? The ambiguous environment seems transient and temporary; the clothing’s detail has been paid little attention to, like that of a distant memory. But that stare is permanently and richly engrained as the subject fills her space…and ours.”

 

Jessie Barnes ‘s work  Haunting will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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