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Chase Cantwell: The Portrait Project
Jan 31 - Feb 25 2023 - 17 days left
The Painting Center is pleased to present the exhibition, The Portrait Project, a series of oil paintings by Chase Cantwell. The subject matter focuses on artists within Chase’s own community. Each artist supplied a photo of themselves head to toe seated in a chair in an environment of their choosing. The Portrait Project deals with the portrait being intimate and small rather than big and loud, and using empty wall space as a barrier from the others so you have the opportunity to bring yourself deeper into the work. When working on The Portrait Project, more specifically the piece ‘Becoming Chase’, Chase began to explore his own relationship with gender to a deeper extent. Chase Cantwell is collected and commissioned in the US and Internationally. He resides and works in West Orange, NJ. He received a BFA from CW Post College and teaches at the Visual Art center of NJ. Cantwell is also a long standing member of The Painting Center and has shown with Garvey Simon Gallery, NYC, Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, Labspace, Hillsdale, NY, Artfair 14c. Cantwell has also co-curated numerous shows at The Painting Center such as The Unusuals, The Blues and One in a Year.
Uncommon Narratives: Karen Nielsen-Fried and Marybeth Rothman
Jan 31 - Feb 25 2023 - 17 days left
The Painting Center is pleased to present the exhibition Uncommon Narratives featuring the work of Karen Nielsen-Fried and Marybeth Rothman in the Project Room Gallery, curated by Shazzi Thomas and Chase Cantwell. An Opening Reception is scheduled for Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 5 to 8 pm. The subtle, powerful works of Marybeth Rothman and Karen Nielsen-Fried present symbiotic yet independent explorations of identity, nature and the human condition. The artists uniquely, combine abstraction and realism with a focus on narrative, metaphor and symbolism. These painters examine the complexities of human emotion characterized by careful attention to detail with evocative, ambiguous visual narratives. Rothman and Nielsen-Fried utilize an emergent process style, with layers of iterations, both additive and subtractive. At times, their work presents us with unnamable imagery, but suggests storytelling that the viewer can satisfyingly and wordlessly attempt to understand. "Every painting is like an expedition, starting from a point of not-knowing, staying open to impulses in the moment, and allowing for the unfolding and synthesis of unsorted and inchoate ideas that will become the form and content of the painting. I paint to find out what I need to put out into the world. This is the mysterious process and pleasure of painting for me.” Karen Nielsen-Fried Karen Nielsen-Fried was born in Binghamton, NY. She is a graduate of Pratt Institute (Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy) and Binghamton University (BFA). She pursued postgraduate studies at The Institute for Expressive Analysis (NY, NY) and at The National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NY, NY). Her work has been exhibited widely in the NY metro area (among others: The Painting Center, NJ State Museum, SITE:Brooklyn, Equity Gallery, Denise Bibro Fine Art) as well as in Seattle, Philadelphia, Provincetown, and Chicago (where she is represented by Addington Gallery). She was awarded a residency at The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts. Karen's work is held in numerous private collections nationally, and in Denmark, Germany, and Ghana. She lives and maintains a studio in Montclair, New Jersey. “I create fictional, visual biographies and abstract deconstructed narratives. This work is composed of subtle layers of pigmented beeswax monotypes, photographs and abstract drawings. The photographic element is a fusion of reclaimed and reimagined orphaned, vintage photographs, digital photographs and ephemera that I digitally alter, combine and repurpose. I develop a series of paintings by creating an imagined fellowship, geographic location or cultural bond. I celebrate the human response to identify the other”- Marybeth Rothman Marybeth Rothman is a Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery, Semifinalist in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2022. She is known for her fictional biographies and abstract narrative, photo and pigmented beeswax combines. She has exhibited in galleries and museums nationally. Her work was featured in The Billboard Creative with an international group of artists that included Marilyn Minter, Laurie Simmons and Lawrence Weiner. Rothman exhibited in Ripped: The Allure of Collage at the Heckscher Museum of Art with Roy Lichtenstein, Miriam Shapiro, Joseph Cornell, among others. Her work can by be found in collections throughout the United States and abroad. Rothman was born in Massachusetts and earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Her home and studio are in New Jersey.
Lisa Pressman: Things That Were Never Said
Jan 31 - Feb 25 2023 - 17 days left
The Painting Center is pleased to present Things That Were Never Said. This solo exhibition by artist Lisa Pressman is curated by Shazzi Thomas and Chase Cantwell opening January 31 on view through February 25, 2023. A reception will be held on Thursday, February 2, 5-8 pm. The works included in Things That Were Never Said refer to events in Pressman's life, revealing various depths of intimacy for the engaged viewer. Works on paper or panel are embellished with oil paint, ink, smoke, Letraset and thread. Pressman's textural compositions conceal and reveal portions of letters, color, and mark-making. These artworks embody a sense of being an artifact: generating a visceral allure via their potent sense of tactility. The art on view evokes a metamorphic potential, unleashed through ritualistic processes such as burning, sewing, and smoking and by embracing ambiguity and fragmented text. Titles such as Things We Never Said, Messages, Manuscripts and After Words suggest a mysterious form of ethereal communication. Rooted in the artist's own experiences, the layered abstracted works found throughout Things That Were Never Said reflect the grief that permeates the entire world. These compositions reveal a universal unconscious and collective memory exerting the power to reshape histories and futures. Lisa received her BA in Fine Art from Douglass College and her MFA from Bard College. She has exhibited regionally and nationally in solo shows at Susan Eley Fine Art (New York, NY,) the Center for Visual Art (Summit, NJ,) Rosenfeld Gallery (Philadelphia, PA,) and Jack Meir Gallery (Houston, TX.) The artist has also shown in exhibitions with the Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis, MA,) The Holter Museum of Art (Helena, MT,) and the Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton, NJ) among other venues. Pressman's work is held in numerous private and public collections. Her work is represented by Susan Eley Fine Arts (New York, NY,) Addington Gallery (Chicago, IL.) and Slate Gray Gallery (Telluride, Colorado.) She has exhibited in the New York area and nationally for over 30 years as a fine artist. She lives and works in West Orange, NJ.