SELECTIONS FROM OUR EXHIBITION

We present our latest exhibition with select works that we believe are well suited for interior spaces. The artists include Nona Hershey, Lauren Ewing, Jefferson Hayman, Jason Rohlf, and Joel Janowitz. We have a selection of large scale installation sculptures that play with light within a larger space, as well as smaller scale paintings and mixed media works. We have included some background information on the artists as well.

NONA HERSHEY presents new works on paper. In this series, Hershey continues her years-long relationship with clouds as a subject, also continuing to dissemble and reorganize ways that we expect to approach, digest and remember images. By employing the long-standing premise that we approach works of art with many possibilities and then edit and filter until we decipher one primary, knowable (and explainable) aura-based experience she offers a familiar and grounded starting point for viewers to encounter her work. But then the conversation expands. Hershey also knows that looking and understanding just one way are constructs, useful for the sake of efficiency, politics and in service of the absolute. Art, objects and human lives have many voices, endless ways to be seen and could even be said to have been made by infinite hands with each artist working as an avatar for her time, place and generation. Certainly, there are many eyes, seen and unseen on virtually all components of material culture today.

LAUREN EWING is a sculptor and installation artist who also creates drawings, prints and photographs. Her art addresses the vast construct of material culture in relation to memory, desire and language. Many of her sculptures and installations are polyvocal simultaneously using image, object, space and unique electronic texts that are thematically provocative and richly poetic. There are 3 forests in each Deep Forest… a duotone image of a forest at dusk, silhouettes from Joan Mitchell’s 1992 drawing “Trees 111” and coal dust from ancient forests buried deep in the earth. When we burn coal to illuminate our lives and extend our powers we are burning three hundred million year old trees. As you walk by each Deep Forest…, firefly chandeliers appear and disappear drawing the eye beyond the silhouettes and into the forest. Fireflies are the most efficient producers of light in the world and they signal to one another for love and friendship in the dark. The idea of the minor lights of desiring beings coming together to make something of beauty, larger than themselves, is the power of poetic impossibility. Their minuscule beauty serves as a poetic counterforce to the artificial brilliance of empire that fills our screens day and night.

JEFFERSON HAYMAN works with the themes of nostalgia, resonance, common symbols and memory. He lives and works in Tappan, NY a small town located minutes outside of Manhattan and filled with the history of the American War of Independence. From his training and environment Hayman has forged an individual visual sensibility. His photographs are handcrafted silver gelatin, platinum and archival pigment prints that seem historically timeless, captured with a delicacy of tone that harks back to the highest traditions of graphic art. The works are then paired with antique or artist made frames which place each piece into the realm of unique statements. His work can be found in many private and public collections, most notably The Museum of Modern Art Library, The New York Public Library, President Bill Clinton, Robert DeNiro, The Boston Athenaeum and Ralph Lauren.

JASON ROHLF makes vibrant and textured acrylic and collage paintings. Layers are painted over and over again; the final result hints at a hidden history as traces of previous layers are revealed as texture. City streets, digital media, and maps have been important influences of Rohlf’s work. Projects include a collaboration with Oehme Graphics where he created the “Field Guides Print Project” that included a suite of unique monotypes and solar plate editions, and most recently a screenprinted edition for Folioleaf. His current project, ‘The Shop Rag Project’ will be featured in August 2018 at the gallery.

Originally from Milwaukee, Rohlf moved to Brooklyn in 1999. He was exhibited his work across the United States, created a public installation for the MTA, and has lectured for the Pratt Institute, Bowling Green University and Lawrence University among others. He is the recipient of the Sam and Adelle Golden Foundation for the Arts Artist in Residency.

JOEL JANOWITZ received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University, and his MFA in Painting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1994-2000, at Wellesley College from 2003-2010, and at the Mass College of Art/low residency MFA program from 2006-2010. In 2008 he received his third individual Artist’s Fellowship from the state of MA. Earlier in his career he twice received artist’s grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Joel Janowitz has exhibited both nationally and internationally. His work has been collected by numerous museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Fogg Museum, Harvard. In 2010 his work was included at Changing Soil : Contemporary Landscape Painting at the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Nagoya, Japan.