ARTWORKS IN THE EXHIBITION:
Provincetown, MA: Michael Prodanou at PAAM
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PRESS RELEASE: THE TRANSFORMATION OF LINE
The Drawings and Paintings of Michael Prodanou MAY 10-JULY 14, 2019
Provincetown, MA : This Spring, Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) is thrilled to present The Transformation of Line: The Drawings and Paintings of Michael Prodanou. Curated by artist Bert Yarborough, the exhibition is on view May 10-July 14, and has a public opening reception on Friday, May 17 at 8pm.
This exhibition displays what could constitute a “sketch” of Prodanou’s voluminous body of work executed over these past two decades. His dedication to expanding his vision through countless drawings sessions with models and his transformation of these works into a unique hybrid of drawing/painting/collage serves as a testament to his passion for discovery. This search echoes that foundation established as an architect: the use of line to transform, discover and expand one’s subject. Michael Prodanou has created works that explore the notion of what line, color and shape can do in the service of the human figure. It brings us to the image of the body as a repository for the struggle to be human. THE ARTIST
Michael Prodanou was born in Toronto, Canada of Greek immigrant parents and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto. He traveled, worked, and lived in Europe and Africa for four years before joining The Architects Collaborative in Cambridge, MA. Ten years later he started his own architectural office and established a small international practice of commercial and residential work. He sold his practice to his employees in 1998.
Prodanou began drawing and painting figures in oil shortly thereafter in Provincetown, MA, where he lives and has a studio. He has taken painting workshops at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown with Cynthia Packard, Jim Peters, and Bert Yarborough. He admires the work of the German Expressionist painters Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Karl Schmidt-Rotluff, and the West Coast figurative painters David Park, and Nathan Olivera. He has taught drawing workshops called Fearless Figure Drawing in Provincetown and Florida.
His work has been shown at the Walker Gallery at the Fine Arts Work Center, at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and at the Outlet Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. He is represented by the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown. His work appears on his website: michaelprodanou.com THE CURATOR
Bert Yarborough has a degree in Architecture from Clemson University and an MA and MFA in Photography from the University of Iowa. He formerly held the Sonia C. Davidow ’56 Endowed Chair in the Fine and Performing Arts at Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH, where he also served as the Director of the Marian Graves Mugar and William H. and Sonja Carlson Davidow ’56 Art Galleries and taught drawing and painting. He currently holds Faculty Emeritus status at the college.
A former two-year Resident Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, he served as Visual Arts Program Coordinator for four years and is now serving as Chairman of the Visual Program Committee. He has received two NH State Arts Council Grants in Painting, an NEA Fellowship in Sculpture, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Nigeria, also in Sculpture. He is a recent recipient of a Visual Arts Residency Fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum was established in 1914 by a group of artists and townspeople to build a permanent collection of works by artists of outer Cape Cod, and to exhibit art that would allow for unification within the community. Through a comprehensive schedule of exhibitions of local and national significance and educational outreach, PAAM provides the public access to art, artists, and the creative process. The PAAM Membership is a vibrant community of over 1,800 individuals. Whether you’re an artist or you simply love the arts, a PAAM Membership opens the door to programs and events that enrich and inspire.
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