NARROWSBURG - The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is excited to announce its upcoming spring exhibitions, “Sophisters, Economists, and Calculations,” featuring paintings by Brian …
NARROWSBURG - The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is excited to announce its upcoming spring exhibitions, “Sophisters, Economists, and Calculations,” featuring paintings by Brian Madonna and “The Shape of Paper,” a group show organized by Jamie Sherzer that features artists expanding the boundaries of paper as a medium.
There will be an opening reception for both exhibitions at DVAA located at 37 Main St, Narrowsburg, on Saturday, May 14, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. The shows will be on view through Sunday, June 19 and are free and open to the public, masks requested.
“Sophisters, Economists, And Calculations”
Madonna’s lush paintings focus on autobiographical revelations that explore a common trauma of the human experience. In exhuming his family’s experience of abuse at the hands of cult leaders, Madonna’s work recognizes a familiar fragmentation of reality that occurred in their experience and is comparable with the contemporary experience of alienation.
Misshapen figures in the work are controlled and manipulated in Madonna’s heavily textured paintings, causing the emotion and feeling of exposure to be tangible both pictorially and sculpturally.
Ultimately, Madonna’s figural paintings maintain a fleshy sense of humanity that never fully dissolves, leaving the ability to achieve individual connection.
Madonna received his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA at Hunter College. He has previously shown work in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Delaware, and was included in DVAA’s 2021 exhibition, “Love in the Time of Covid”. Brian currently lives and works in Brooklyn with his wife.
Group Show Curated By Jamie Sherzer “The Shape Of Paper”
The Shape of Paper, is a group show featuring a collective of interdisciplinary, Mid-Hudson artists, who are pushing the boundaries of paper, pulp, and fiber. The works on view range from installation, sculpture, fiber and metal, to more seemingly traditional works on paper. The exhibition features handmade paper being interpreted and reinvented through mix-media and multi-dimensional processes.
Artists in the collective include Xuewu Zheng who creates paper sculptures and installations, Maggie Oakes who works on paper and creates installations, Hayoon Jay Lee who works with rice paper and creates dimensional work, Emilie Houssart who creates paper sculptures and installations, Jamie Sherzer who works with jewelry and metal-based materials combined with paper and Sariah Park who works with paper, fiber and soft sculptures.
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