WHEN: March 18 - April 23, 2011
Jordan Faye Contemporary is pleased to present the exhibition: Nature / Nurture, new works on paper and paintings by Randi Reiss-McCormack, and mixed media drawings & encaustics by Bridget Z Sullivan.
Nature / Nurture
When you encounter a work by Randi Reiss-McCormack, it is like delving into a rarely exposed subconscious circus. The images that confront you include familiar characters engaged in dynamic scenes, all infused with domestic textures. The subjects are recognizable memories, iconic symbols that seem to have been distorted by time. They now have an eerie quality as they combine and interact with one another and the patterns around them. The colors deliver their content with surprising neutrality, while the complexity of the depictions ruthlessly engulfs the viewer. Working through the content often requires the viewer to sort through their own memories and the cultural constructs that affect us all. Sometimes unsettling, sometimes playful, the richness of imagery in Reiss-McCormack's work is bound to strike a chord with the viewers who allow themselves to explore it.
Bridget Z Sullivan's work is an elegant crossing of mediums that explores nature with a combination of reverence and intimate expression. Her luscious images survey natural elements from many angles and distances. These depictions are enhanced and abstracted by painterly additions of color and text. The rich natural images converge with gestural strokes and emotive language that allows the viewer to engage with the greater implications of the pristine subjects. Sometimes these embellishments are delicate; sometimes they obliterate the subject into a space of wonder. These works are both a delicate look at the artist's experience of the subjects and a meditation on universal human emotion and connection with the world. This work investigates the limits of a photograph-where our understanding of an image starts and ends-just as our relationship with the natural world can be both distinct and infinite.
Jordan Faye Contemporary is redefining the role of the gallery, creating exhibitions to meet the specific needs of artists and art enthusiasts in Baltimore. Now in our fifth year, we champion the work of early to mid-career artists as well as providing educational opportunities for emerging artists within the region. The gallery is housed in the former South Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library in the heart of Federal Hill and this February we celebrate the building's 125th Birthday.
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