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Announcing our 2017-2018 Holzwasser Gallery Selections

July 25, 2017

NAC Holzwasser Exhibition Program 2017-2018 Selections

The New Art Center (NAC) is excited to announce the 2017-2018 Holzwasser Gallery selections. The Holzwasser Gallery exhibition program is a juried call to New Art Center students, faculty, staff and volunteers that offers them the opportunity to present their current work in a professional gallery. Through this program we strive to represent a variety of talent and media in exhibitions that enhance the learning available in our studios.

Wen-hao Tien
On View: September 22 – October 19, 2017
Reception: Friday, September 22, 6-8PM

What is a weed? If someone wants it, is it still a weed? This exhibition contemplates the idea of “wanted and unwanted” through an investigation of weeds in an urban environment. NAC faculty and enthusiastic urban gardener, Wen-hao Tien, has spent countless hours looking for the traces of wilderness in the city; weeds breaking through the sidewalks and manicured gardens of her community – the surprising gifts of nature. Tien delves into our conceptions of “native”, “hybridized”, and “invasive”, in both visual and linguistic explorations of our treatment of plants. Through her photographs, drawings, prints, and cultivated curation of weeds, we begin to see the beauty that is in the eye of the beholder.

Jeanne Gugino & Meirav Zaks-Zilberman
On View: October 27 – November 30, 2017
Reception: Friday, October 27, 6-8PM

The two painters in this exhibition both convey poetic insight into the ways we experience the world around us through making art. Taking inspiration from nature, history, and culture, NAC faculty member Jeanne Gugino uses layers of translucent color to achieve an expressive depth in her abstract watercolors. NAC and SMFA student Meirav Zaks-Zilberman, drawing on her background as a dancer and a scientist, discovers the beauty within moving bodies, by exploring the interactions with light, form, and energy in her oil on canvas paintings.

Grey & Leslie Held
On View: December 8, 2017 – January 4, 2018
Reception: Friday, December 8, 6-8PM

This exhibition features fabric collages made collaboratively by Grey Held, Collaborative Drawing instructor at NAC, and his wife Leslie Held, an award winning theatrical costume designer. Leslie’s collection of fabric scraps, ribbons, and salvaged sections of embroideries are the basic materials Grey and Leslie use to construct their various fabric collages, each with its own color palette and emotional temperature. The pair describe their work as something that emerges and evolves through the process of collaboration; they never know how a piece will turn out, but must surrender to the collaborative process that has its own trajectory, its own unfolding story.

Crystalle Lacouture / Deborah Peeples / Barbara Trachtenberg
On View: January 12 – February 8, 2018
Reception: Friday, January 12, 2018, 6-8PM

In this exhibition, three NAC students explore color and form through abstract imagery. Crystalle Lacouture takes inspiration from textile patterns, plant life, and energy between colors to create paintings about landscapes. Deborah Peeples harnesses the luminous, translucent qualities of encaustic paint, creating depth and turmoil beneath the glassy surfaces of her paintings inspired by bird’s eye images of crop circles. Barbara Trachtenberg finds new meaning for discarded scraps in her bas-relief wood collages, created with wood shapes scavenged from a local lumberyard and workshop, and colored with natural dyes and acrylic paints.

Martha Brill / James Varnum / Sharon Whitham
On View: April 6 – May 3, 2018
Reception: Friday, April 6, 6-8PM

Each of the three NAC students in this exhibition present their work through a series of stark contrasts of place, material, and spirit. Martha Brill explores Space and Place on both the macro and the micro level. Her Nebula Series paintings explore the vastness of the universe and the world of distant galaxies, while her Habitat Series of small wooden houses represents the world we can control and design. Experimental watercolorist James Varnum uses a variety of materials and tools, such as bubble wrap, salt, squeegees and combs, to create texture and move pigment across his compositions. He finishes with lines and marks in ink or graphite, emphasizing the topography of each painting. Sharon Whitham focuses on the paradox of permanence and impermanence in her monotype prints of stone cairns. The translucent piles of balanced rock achieve a weightless transcendence that simultaneously lifts and grounds our spirits.

About the Juror
This year’s Holzwasser Gallery selections were made by juror Sarah Montross, Associate Curator at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Prior to her work at the DeCordova, Montross was the Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine. Her other professional experience includes positions at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and Museum of Modern Art, New York, as well as teaching jobs at New York University and Hunter College, New York.


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