Monday, May 21, 2012

Emotional Transcendence: Shelley Adler, Shelley Lazarus, Joan Vaupen

May 22 - June 16, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 26, 2012  5-8 PM
Conversation with the Artists: Saturday, June 9, 2012, 3 pm

Shelley Adler, Dread
 In her new series of paintings, Shelley Adler tackles the emotional and psychological issues associated with the word “Dread.” She acknowledges a shift in societal values that has altered the mood and tone of her own art and life. Politics, social order, and psychological insight have ultimately informed her oil on gessoboard portraits. Adler’s subjects draw parallels to those of Dorothea Lange’s Depression-era portraits, expressing the ‘Dread’ experienced by the average American in moments of uncertainty and chaos.

Shelley Lazarus, Moments
 Shelley Lazarus’s new show captures intimate glimpses of personal and sentimental moments in her life. Painted not only with her signature watercolor technique, but also in acrylics, graphites and crayons, Lazarus’s work combines saturated hues with expressive brushstrokes. Her landscapes depict urban New York street scenes, Ventura’s orchards and seaside, and the vineyards of the Rhineland which are reminiscent of Cezanne’s watercolor landscapes. Through her paintings, Lazarus reminds us of those moments that we often take for granted.

Joan Vaupen, A New Reality
 Joan Vaupen’s abstract and vibrant works experiment with the evolution of time, form, and color in various media. The mysterious and nebulous forms which fill the frame of Vaupen’s monoprints on archival paper ebb and flow into one another, transitioning in color and shape. Vaupen translates Salvador Dalí’s Face of Mae West As a Room, which was built by Dali, into her own interpretation as a mixed media collage. Her transposition of the past breathes new life into previous Surrealist works, evoking a sense of renewal and regeneration.

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