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Josette Urso
updated: 09/07/2014
website: www.josetteurso.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Red Blue Birch Curtain
City Blue 2
City Blue 1
Dot Blue City
City Chopper
Bushwick Courier
Bushwick Storage
Starr Street Bushwick
Bushwick Rain, Snow, Rain
Bushwick and Beyond
Port Authority Car Park
Above Port Authority
Crane City
Above Port Authority 2
Empire Upclose
 
Portfolio Keywords:  architecture, landscape, obsessive, mimetic, urban
 
 
Red Blue Birch Curtain by Josette Urso
Red Blue Birch Curtain
ink on paper
2009
16 " x  24 " 
City Blue 2 by Josette Urso
City Blue 2
ink on paper
2008
8 1/2 " x  11 " 
City Blue 1 by Josette Urso
City Blue 1
ink on paper
2008
8 1/2 " x  11 " 
Dot Blue City by Josette Urso
Dot Blue City
ink on paper
2008
8 1/2" x  11" 
City Chopper by Josette Urso
City Chopper
ink on paper
2007
11" x  12" 
Bushwick Courier by Josette Urso
Bushwick Courier
ink brush pen on paper
2008
16" x  20" 
Bushwick Storage by Josette Urso
Bushwick Storage
ink brush pen on paper
2008
16" x  20" 
Starr Street Bushwick by Josette Urso
Starr Street Bushwick
ink brush pen on paper
2008
16" x  20" 
Bushwick Rain, Snow, Rain by Josette Urso
Bushwick Rain, Snow, Rain
ink brush pen on paper
2008
16" x  20" 
Bushwick and Beyond by Josette Urso
Bushwick and Beyond
ink brush pen on paper
2008
16 " x  20 " 
Port Authority Car Park by Josette Urso
Port Authority Car Park
ink on paper
2008
16" x  20" 
Above Port Authority by Josette Urso
Above Port Authority
ink brush pen on paper
2008
16" x  20" 
Crane City by Josette Urso
Crane City
ink brush pen on paper
2008
16" x  20" 
Above Port Authority 2 by Josette Urso
Above Port Authority 2
ink brush pen on paper
2008
16" x  20" 
Empire Upclose by Josette Urso
Empire Upclose
ink brush pen on paper
2008
16 " x  20 " 

Artist Statement

The view from my studio, looking across Brooklyn’s lower lying factory and warehouse buildings toward the tall grandness of Manhattan, is incredibly complex and at times overwhelming. It is almost too much to take in but, while looking, I wander around the spaces between the buildings trying to understand the flow and logic to its geometric maze. For me, drawing parallels the act of seeing and is the most direct link to private time with the physical world. I see the city less as a series of architectural forms and more as a living, breathing entity -- literally a buzzing environment made up of layers upon layers of human history and mystery. I hope that my city drawings tap a bit of this urban spirit and mirror my relationship with New York City.

Josette Urso
September 2014

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION
1984 MFA,University of South Florida, Tampa, (Painting)
1980
BA,University of South Florida, Tampa, (Drawing)

GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES

2009 Yaddo, The Alma B.C. Schapiro Residency, NY
2008
Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. (1997)
2008 Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, Germany (1993)
2005 Stock20,Taiwan
2005 Lambent Fellowship Nominee, NY
2004
American Artists Abroad, Cambodia
2003 Weir Farm Trust, CT
2002
Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland (2000)
2000 Basil H. Alkazzi Award, USA
1995 Ucross Foundation, WY
1994
Mid Atlantic/ NEA Fellowship(Painting)
1991 Camargo Foundation, France
1988
Bronx AIM Program

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006
Gulf Coast Museum of Art, FL
2005 Weir Farm Trust, CT
2004
gescheidle Gallery, Chicago, IL (2003)
2002
Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
1995
The Tampa Museum of Art, FL

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009 "O!", Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY
2009 Abstract Nature, DFN Gallery, New York, NY (08,07,06,04)
2009 Urban Organic, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Treasure Chest, Metaphor Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY
2008
Works on Paper Benefit, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn,NY
2008 It's not Easy Being Green, Tampa Museum of Art,FL
2007Tiny, Whitney Works, Portland, ME(curator Bruce Brown)
2007Have a Seat! The Beylerian Collection… Museum of Arts & Design, New York,NY
2005 Water, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport,Maine
2005 One View/Two Visions, Leepa-Rattner Museum, Tarpon Springs,FL
2000
Good Business is the Best Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY ('96, '90, '88)


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2006
“Seeing Triple/Intimate Landscapes, Urban Ghosts and Oils Larger Than Life”, Megan Voeller, Tampa Weekly Planet, Mar 15-21
2005
Landescapes, Lennie Benneett, The St. Petersburg Times, Feb
1999
"Inspired Artistry in a Show of Collage," Victoria Donohoe, PhiladelphiaInquirer
1995
"The Message in the Media," Phyllis Braff, NY Times, Apr

SELECTED TEACHING & PROFESSIONAL
2009 I
nstructor, Cooper Union, New York, NY (1998-present)
2009
Visiting Artist Chautauqua School of Art, NY
2008 Panelist, Studio Art Session: Contemporary Collage, CAA Conference, Dallas,TX
2008Visiting Artist, MFA Program, Montclair State University, NJ