Current Exhibits

 

2018 Exhibition Schedule

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Human/Landscape

January 27 - February 24

Opening Reception: January 27, 7-9pm

Artist Talk: February 24, 1-2pm

 

Human/Landscape is a collection by four artists who share an interest in the natural world and an impulse toward personal narratives. Broadly, each artist uses the body/self as the vantage point for contemplating our relationship to the world. The four women met in 2007 as founding members of the Highland Park Artists Collective and have evolved an ongoing dialog ever since.

Overlapping influences include Carl Jung’s writings on creativity, Frida Kahlo’s use of personal narrative, as well as the symbolism and pastoral settings of renaissance paintings. Marc Chagall, Jackson Pollack, Jean Michel Basquiat, and the Earthworks movement are also sources of inspiration.

Sharon Sayegh uses events in her own life to conjure evocative, dream-like scenes, inspired primarily by family events or memory. A bemused version of herself often appears to ponder questions both personal and socio-political. Her meticulous surfaces and clean lines reference classical painting and pop culture alike.

Jill Caporlingua’s landscape of the body is more internal. Fragments of skeletons, brain cells, and floating figures exist in both inner and outer space, drawing our attention to the universality of human experience. Her gestural marks are immediate and physical; her luminous colors evoke a primordial sense of deep space and timelessness.

Katja Valeur works from intuition and impulse, starting with a discrete idea and developing it directly on the canvas in many layers, often using stencils and incorporating words in several languages. She uses oils, acrylics, spray paint and collage to create complicated, visceral, modern works.

Lisa Cameron’s figures are both in and of the landscape. Influenced by her career in landscape architecture, the scales and perspectives are mismatched in an effort to encompass the depths of the earth and the reach of the universe at once. The bodies are distinct yet universal, suggesting that though we each have a unique narrative, we are all taking the same journey of life.

The works of Human/Landscape, rooted in common experience and infused with familiar imagery, are immersive and empathetic. The approach to the body is from a female perspective: they are not the seen, but the seeing, holding sway over worlds bursting with organic matter, memory, physicality, pain, and mystery.

 

COMMUNITY GALLERY

Decomposing Vistas – Jenna Howell

January 27 - February 24

Opening Reception: January 27, 7-9pm

Artist Talk: February 24, 2-3pm

Artworks, Trenton is pleased to announce the opening of Decomposing Vistas, a solo exhibition consisting of painting and Fiber pieces by Philadelphia-based artist Jenna Howell, on view from January 27th –February 24th, 2018. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition and first with Artworks. There will be an opening reception on January 27th from 7-9pm.

Decomposing Vistas will feature both oil paintings and silk fiber pieces that speak to dichotomy of the vast picturesque landscapes seen on postcards and the beauty Howell finds in deteriorating landscapes. Behind the work are several dualities:  permanence and impermanence, the beauty of a pristine landscape and the beauty in its decay, Howell’s condemnation of the devastation of nature and her appreciation of the beauty that can result.  The work is not political, seeking to call attention to the devastating results of environmental unconsciousness rather, it investigates her conflicting emotional response to landscape, now so often ruined by humans, a conflict that Howell sees as fertile ground for art making.

Jenna Howell graduated from the University of the Arts with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting.  She currently creates and resides in Philadelphia however, Howell is originally from Newark, NY in the Finger Lakes region.  Howell has shown both locally in Philadelphia, with Fire and Air Gallery, as well as internationally in a three person show in Florence, Italy. She was the 2017 recipient of the Ted Carey Prize. Her work has been featured in Wunderkind, an online magazine publication, and Champion of Empty Room’s zine publications disturbed in Philadelphia.  Howell is current resident at the Jasper Studio in Philadelphia.

Her work can be found at http://jennahowell.net

"The waterfall that once poured into a clear pond at my favorite hiking spot   doesn’t even trickle anymore.  This waterless waterfall is horrifying, but also strangely   beautiful.  The sun still hits the peek and glimmers off the sedimentary boulders   bouncing from top to top until it reaches the now small mud puddle at its basin.  These   striking scenes are the catalyst to my current body of work.  My wish is to present an   exhibition that speaks to both the vast picturesque landscapes we see on postcards and   the beauty I find in the decomposing vistas. I am investigating such imagery through silk painting, wax and stitching.  In its   deteriorated state the wax speaks to the landscapes’ decay and destruction.  The layers   of the work –  dye, then wax, followed by dye, then stitching –  allude to a landscape that   was formed, then altered, then formed again just like the many landscapes that   surrounded me as a child.  I use horse hair in my work to stitch pieces of the landscape   together or to mend it.  The continuous repetitive step of piercing and tying each hair on   the surface forming a mountain feels cathartic.    Making almost surgical-like stitches   somehow works through the feelings I have about the destruction of the landscape.   Through the ripping and tearing apart and then mending and repairing, I feel I express   my distress about what we are doing to nature.     Behind this exhibition will be several dualities:    permanence and impermanence, the beauty of a pristine landscape and the beauty in its decay, my condemnation of the   devastation of nature and my appreciation of the beauty that can result.    The work is not political, seeking to call attention to the devastating results of environmental   unconsciousness rather, it investigates my conflicting emotional response to landscape, now so often ruined by humans, a conflict that I see as fertile ground for art making."

- Jenna Howell