While a formal meditation on the inherent nature of abstraction in photography, my work embodies the translation of photographic imagery–captured from film stills–into drawings and paintings.
In the drawings, I attempt to activate the flatness of 8mm film by meticulously layering graphite to mimic its contrast and character. The fuzzy quality of film translated into a layered ‘sfumato’ effect persuades the viewer to first respond to the drawings as photographic imagery. This deliberate and methodical replication, when suddenly understood as a drawing, is meant to snatch the viewer’s undivided attention while anointing meaning and value to images of my ancestors’ transition to city life in the Bronx in the 1950’s.
These sequential paintings and drawings seize poetic movements of form, a transitory past and an extended narrative in time. The manipulation of analog film through digital media has fueled my investigation into spontaneous responses to the camera that advance beyond a single snapshot of plaintive memory to reflections of time and movement. Images that were initially caught on film and captured in stills are gradually transposed into layers of glazed paint or graphite.
This body of work reflects my cultural heritage through the filter of American society.
Artist Bio / CV
MFA, State University of New York at Albany, Painting
BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2011 Through a Glass, Darkly, William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2006 Recent Work, Raw & Co Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2004 Form and Memory, Kent State University, Canton, OH
Selected Group Exhibitions
2011 Shades of Gray: Drawings in Graphite, Ridderhof Martin Gallery, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
Artful Teaching, Riffe Gallery, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
2010 Intense Concentration, UTSA Art Gallery, University of Texas at San Antonio
2008 19th National Drawing & Print Exhibition, Gormley Gallery, College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD
Great Lakes Drawing Biennial, University Gallery, Eastern Michigan University
2007 21st International, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
Optika 2: A Symposium on Visual Narration, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Revive, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH
Drawing No Conclusions: A Survey of Contemporary Drawing, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
2006 13 Woman on 13 Walls, Haven Arts Gallery, Bronx, NY
2005 Transcended Memories, Massillon Museum, Massillon, OH
2003 Solo Mujeres Corazonada, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco, CA
2002 Hopscotch: Associative Leaps in the Construction of Narrative, Painted Bride Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
45th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art, Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, Chautauqua, NY
Amanecer de Mujeres, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000 Best of the Best, Visual Arts Museum, New York, NY
Free Lance-Star, 'Shades of Gray: Drawings in Graphite' Is a Fascinating Exhibit by Heather Brady, Feb. 3, 2011
San Antonio Express-News, “Drawings as ‘finished’ artwork” by Steve Bennett, January 29, 2010
The Star Ledger, “International Exhibit Lives Up To Its Name” by Dan Bischoff, March 2, 2007
Cleveland Free Times, “Drawing on the Past” by Douglas Max Utter, September 6, 2006
Philadelphia Weekly, “Talking Outside the Box” by Roberta Fallon, February 13, 2002