Women Artists, Here and Now
Form+Content Gallery is pleased to announce an invitational exhibition of 5 women artists: Lynn Geesaman, Valerie Jenkins, Shana Kaplow, Barbara Kreft, Jantje Visscher.
UNSTOPPABLE FORCE Women Artists, Here and Now is an exhibition by 5 exhilarating women artists. This exhibition was conceptualized by Vesna Kittelson and co-curated by Gallery members Vesna Kittelson and Mark Ostapchuk.
The intention of the curators is to avoid a specific subject or theme to bring out the importance of the individualized visions of these artists in their most ambitious works; their profound meditation on form, technique, and function. During this exhibition, 4 participating artists will talk on the origins of their works. Each will reveal what is underneath her image, how she looks for something, and how she “unlocks” that something; intimate and authentic at the core. Each idea has a story behind it.
Lynn Geesaman: Lynn Geesaman’s photographs are of designed landscapes such as public parks, topiary gardens, orchards and canals. Her photographs bring nature and geometry together resulting in a great visual sensation.
Valerie Jenkins: What links my work in the broadest sense is an interest in examining the relationship between visual perception and sensory experience, or more precisely, a desire to explore the precarious relationship between seeing and knowing. Rooted in historic traditions of observation and the language of abstraction, my approach is informed by contemporary issues, life experience, and the sensate exchanges that occur between material and form. My current body of work titled “Figure/Ground” is comprised of a series of spontaneous gestures, traces, photographs, drawings and objects that interrelate through an economy of means and through a quotidian relationship to contemporary culture. Evoking the figurative and the architectural, yet keeping any literal reading at bay, the work exemplifies the nature of my creative process which is experimental and improvisational, specific yet open-ended. My work is made as a conversation between each piece, based on a call and response of sorts. This process results in some of the work having autonomy while other pieces are entirely dependent on the context of exhibition. As an ongoing body of work, “Figure/Ground” becomes a metaphor for the dynamics between the collective and the individual and between meaning and context.
Shana Kaplow: My paintings and video work are informed by the psychological textures present in the objects and conditions of my everyday surroundings. Contradictory qualities such as stillness and motion, the familiar and the illogical, and the concrete and the ephemeral collapse into each other. My work in the exhibition, Unstoppable Force, is a wall-sized installation consisting of ink-painted paper shapes that resemble an explosion, yet is derived from the negative spaces found in a tower of plastic children’s chairs.
Barbara Kreft: I look for the intense diversity of form, both in the urban setting where I live and in the natural landscape where I travel to. My paintings evolve through multiple layers. Carefully painted lines are spread over an expressive and disjointed under-painting to ensure a unified entity, attaining an equilibrium in which conflict and narrative are obliterated.
Jantje Visscher: I think of these light shapes in many different ways. Found throughout nature, they can be microscopic, macro sized or anywhere in between. Materials that form similar patterns can be water, cloud and storm systems, sand, bones, shells, fish animal skins, and many others. Viewers may have many associations.
May 25 – July 01, 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 pm
I'm here: art in the sevice of memory
Form+Content Gallery presents I’m Here: Art in The Service of Memory, a 'social practice' exhibition organized by Sandra Menefee Taylor of curated artworks made in a 10-year span of one and one half hour classes with adults who are facing some form of cognitive memory loss.
As described by Wikipedia "social practice is an art medium that focuses on social engagement, inviting collaboration with individuals, communities, and institutions in the creation of participatory art".
The work presented will be painting, drawings and artist books created with "In A New Voice" program at the Amherst Wilder Adult Day Health Services, St Paul, Minnesota. The artists are individuals who are facing loss of known and familiar identities. Most of the artworks presented will be from artists who have never depended on art as an identity, but now find it to be a great joy to tell, build, problem solve, and create a new sense of themselves as makers.
July 06 – August 08, 2017
Saturday, July 08, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 pm