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Great opening at the A.I.R. Gallery

On May 26th we had our National Artists exhibit opening reception at the A.I.R. Gallery. It was a superlative evening. How fortunate I am to belong to this wonderful gallery with its amazing history and exciting prospects for the future. The curator, Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, discussed each artist’s work, was friendly and accessible. The artists and other attendees were kind and approachable, with none of the snobbery so prevalent in the New York art world. I left the opening enthused, eager to learn more about the gallery from the archives at the Fales Library and Special Collections, and to contribute as much as I am able. I have included two pictures from the evening, along with links to each artist’s website. (please scroll down for links)

Collage: Top: cover of catalog; middle, L to R: Aranda-Alvarado discussing artist's work, painting detail Mineko Yoshida, detail art by Jody Joldersma, detail art by Amy Swartele,; bottom L to R: National Artist poster by Julia Kim Smith, monotype detail by Patty Smith, installation by Melissa Furness, mixed media by Julia Kim Smith
Collage: Top: cover of catalog; middle, L to R: Aranda-Alvarado discussing artist’s work, painting detail Mineko Yoshida, detail art by Jody Joldersma, detail art by Amy Swartele,; bottom L to R: National Artist poster by Julia Kim Smith, monotype detail by Patty Smith, installation by Melissa Furness, mixed media by Julia Kim Smith
Paintings shown at the National Artists Exhibition
Paintings shown at the National Artists Exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artists: d’Ann de Simone, Dani Dodge, Shannon Forrester, Melissa Furness, Alisa Henriquez, Jody Joldersma, Mary-Ann Kokoska, Mimi Oritsky, Ekaterina Popova, Meghan Quinn, Julia Kim Smith, Patty Smith, Ann Stoddard, Amy Swartele, Erin Wiersma, Joo Yeon Woo, Janet Decker Yanez, Mineko Yoshida

Physogs

Once again, my very part time job as a cataloger in the Rare Books & Special Collections Department at Princeton University has supplied me with wonderful source material for painting. This time, instead of fighters’ portraits, I found a board game named ‘Physogs‘. The game pieces contain faces devoid of features. The features are contained in separately numbered strips. Much of my work grapples with gender identity and one way I am using this game is to create faces that are gender neutral. But other ambivalences will be imagined as well. In these works, I wish to subvert the game’s intent that conclusions about character can be based on facial characteristics. By placing features on these faces in unexpected combinations, I wish to undermine the notion that people can be known through physiognomy. We are far more, and much more mysterious.

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