Through abstraction I reveal a world, not unlike my everyday life: rigorous and controlled but with room for spontaneity, irony and consciousness. Without the constraints of subject matter, abstraction has allowed me to explore a purity with varied materials. I suggest friction, awkwardness, a sense of self, energy and place within forms and between their edges by allowing an unwilled execution to coexist with restrained judgment.
At times my work reads as landscape or figure but I intend for the work to describe only itself. The forms I use are L-shaped, rectilinear, freestanding or packed into sets. The use of high key and neutral color forms, instigates a competition for visual attention. I rework each edge until I judge that the straightness, slant, or density has imbued each form with a life and independence of its own. The final pieces develop from a painstaking readjustment and editing of forms and their relationships.
Artist Bio / CV
Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, painting
Pew Fellowship in the Arts, painting
Fellowship. Pennsylvania Council of the Arts.
•One Person Show, Hofstra University, Calkins Hall Rosenberg Gallery, February
•One Person Show, Schmidt Dean Gallery, May
• “Very Early Pictures”, Arcadia University, September
•One Person Show, Schmidt-Dean Gallery, Phila., September
•“Operation Rapid American Withdrawal”, Ice Box Project Space, Phila,.
One Person Show, George Billis Gallery LA, October - November.
•Hunt Gallery, Webster College, St. Louis, 5 person painting survey Nov.-Dec.
•“Trace,” Group show in conjunction w/”Big Nothing.” University of the Arts, curator: Sid Sachs.
•One Person Show, “Line Drawings,” George Billis Gallery, Chelsea, N.Y.June.
•“Affect,” 7 person show curated by Andrea Cooper. Ursinus College. May
One Person Show, George Billis Gallery, Chelsea, N.Y. May-June
•"On the Wall", six person show curated by Nancy Herman and Richard Torchia. Non
traditional works directly on wall. MLAC, Haverford, PA March.
One Person Show, Schmidt-Dean. Phila., Pa Sept-Oct.
One Person Show, Fleisher Challenge Exhibition. Oct-Nov. Philadelphia
One Person Show, April. 55 Mercer Gallery, New York.
•Works on Paper 1999 Beaver College. Juror: James Elaine
"Mind's Eye" Group show curated by Willie Heeks. Booth Contemporary Art
Wakefield, RI. July-Aug.
One Person Show. Larry Becker Contemporary Art. Philadelphia.
“ Remember” Biennial 1998. Delaware Museum of Art
One Person Show. James Madison University. January
•"Works on Paper" Spruance Gallery, Beaver College. Juror Bill Arning
•"Chance Encounters" Museum of American Art. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
•Four person works on paper show - "Closer Look 1" curator Paula Marincola.
•One person show Larry Becker Gallery, May-June