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This body of work was prompted by the disturbing 2016 election cycle and all that has followed, most especially the destructive behavior of the new president whose words and actions threaten radical overturning of norms of civil behavior, of the democratic process and international agreements.

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We increasingly experience our world indirectly, in ways mediated both mechanically and digitally.  Thus the subject of this show is the highway and streetscape we perceive via car windows and mirrors, our own images reflected in glass buildings and the photo-representations we make of ourselves.

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Art must say something new or something always known in a new way.  These drawings make the point that seeing requires extra effort when things are not what they initially appear to be.

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Art must always surprise, catch the viewer.

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

        The artist Banerjee, who taught my first art class (at Parsons), changed my life when he said that drawing was like “dancing on paper”.  As one who lives to dance I for many years saw my paintings as “choreography for paint on canvas”.  This attitude and innate musicality has informed all my work. In time I have come to understand that I dance to live, which also means that the making of art is the fullest expression of my life.


            I was always deeply moved by the Abstract Expressionists; teen-age visits to MOMA and later to the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo where I reveled in feeling the presence of the artist in each work.  I would slowly take in a work, move on but have to return again and again, always finding more to explore, new ways to see the painting – those paintings took hold of me. From childhood, I have responded most to artwork that reveals the hand of the artist.


           I was mentored by artist Jean Cohen, the 2nd generation Abstract Expressionist who won my trust with her assertion that our culture was over-run with images, she was uninterested in paintings that weren’t authentic expressions of the artist…and she patiently guided me to discover myself in paint.


            Over time I have worked in different media and subject matter – drawing, collage, life drawing and landscape. What they all share, inescapably, is an abstraction of the regarded image in a strong composition. In moving between media, I recognized myself to be, above all, an Expressionist.

 

 

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