Paintings and Fiber Art in New Exhibit, On the net and Bodily, at Greenwich Library

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Opening now (Thursday, Sept. 10) with a virtual reception that any one can “attend,” an on line exhibition from the Flinn Gallery at Greenwich Library, “Material Planet,” has paintings and fiber art with “hidden narratives.”

The opening reception normally takes spot from 6 to 8 p.m., tonight, but the gallery has not declared exactly where on the Website to get there (this is the on the net party listing, which may perhaps have far more details later now, or a connection may be elsewhere on the gallery site).

an announcement from the Flinn Gallery

The show, which operates by way of Oct. 28, characteristics two artists from Connecticut and a further from Brooklyn, New York.

“All a few artists carry the nuances and richness of supplies, this kind of as material, sheets, and paper to everyday living by color, composition, and texture,” in accordance to the gallery web site. “Behind the actual physical look of folds, levels, and creases, there are hidden narratives based mostly on what is noticeable, what is hid, and what is imagined.”

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You can just take a digital tour of the show listed here:

https://www.youtube.com/view?v=QcBmqIJrblE

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Two painters are in the exhibit — Leeah Joo of Middlebury and Stephanie Serpick of Brooklyn — along with a fiber artist, Jennifer Davies of Branford.

Jennifer Davies’ handmade paper, collage, and woven pieces have a strong bodily existence and conjure pictures from nature this sort of as spider webs, the moon, and hand-crafted goods these as publications, quilts, and veils.

Leeah Joo’s paintings rejoice the beauty and loaded traditions associated with Korean materials and consist of cross-cultural references that imbue the visuals with included which means.

In her intimate paintings of unmade beds and crumpled sheets, Stephanie Serpick responds to individual decline and recent political activities with artwork that speaks to grief, isolation, and therapeutic.

Jennifer Davies

Drawing was a way of everyday living for Jennifer Daviesa Rhode Island School of Design illustration bigright up until she found papermaking in the 1980s at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven.

Jennifer Davies All We Know

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Jennifer Davies, “All We Know,” 2017. Pigmented handmade paper, rubber washers, thread, 20 in. x 17 in. $800

From that position on paper moved from her assist to her artwork as she experimented with paper pulp, pouring and splashing the thick liquid to build paintings, and building up layers of content to variety lower reliefs and three-dimensional items.

Several years later on she uncovered about Japanese fibers and papermaking at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, and adopted these traditions owing to their aim on materiality and normal pigments.

The artwork in the exhibition features handmade paper, collage, and woven items of varying dimensions that are colourful, playful, and vibrant and allude to illustrations or photos from character and regular textile crafts.

For Davies, “creating with paper feels like dancing with a husband or wife, the materials itself major me by way of a sequence of new steps…in a course of action that is intuitive, and at the most effective of moments, playful.”

Leeah Joo

Korean-American painter Leeah Joo came to the United States from Seoul when she was 10 yrs previous. Lifted in Indiana by artist mom and dad, she had a strong curiosity in graphic novels, specifically Manga with its fantasy and thriller.

With no Manga equal in the United States at the time, her artwork transitioned from pen and ink to painting. She studied artwork heritage and painting at Indiana College and been given her MFA in painting at the Yale University of Artwork.

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Leeah Joo, “Colossus,” 2017. Oil on canvas, 30 in. x 30 in. $5,000

Motivated by the technological precision of Northern Renaissance artists, her recent get the job done has embraced trompe l’oeil artwork and its need to build the illusion of real objects.

She makes use of drapery as a variety of nonetheless daily life and the viewer is drawn in as the drapes and folds of her richly embellished materials renovate into mountains, oceans, and other visuals influenced by cinema, folklore, historical past, and literature.

For Joo, “simultaneity” is essential to her paintings, as “the fabric is a small nevertheless daily life and a broad ocean all at once, tales are historic and personalized, and the myths are truths.”

Stephanie Serpick

Artwork has normally been part of Stephanie Serpick’s existence. Originally intrigued in illustration, she switched to portray while at Carnegie Mellon and received her MFA from the College of Chicago.

Though the matter matter of her paintings has developed over time, her art is firmly rooted in the “canon of continue to life”. In 2016, motivated by her father’s health issues and the presidential election, her concentration turned to the depiction of beds as a risk-free area to escape and mend.

Stephanie Serpick A New Fall #32

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Stephanie Serpick, “A New Tumble #32,” 2019. Oil on Panel, 9 in. x 12 in. $1,800

Her most new paintings, part of a sequence called Its Often Darkest Before the Dawn, are intimate depictions of unmade beds and tossed sheets. In accordance the artist, “the empty bed in these paintings signifies a put for grief, isolation, or healing”, and the idea that suffering is universal.

Sourced from personal and online photos, Serpick continuously paints and sands the backgrounds to create a rough area that tries to convey function, wrestle, and time. Provided the existing pandemic, her do the job takes on a new this means, as house and bed have turn into spots in which we have been forced to commit a lot more for safety, refuge, and ideally therapeutic.

A lot more About the Exhibit

All of the 44 operates of artwork are for sale other than for 3 pieces. Particular person artist videos will be posted during the display to help individuals to meet up with the artists in their studios and gain insights into their inventive method.

In addition to masks, only a few readers will be authorized in the gallery at a time to maintain social length protocols.

Katy Finnell and Nancy Heller, the two of Greenwich, are the curators of the exhibit.

The opening and artist films will be posted on the Flinn Gallery internet site. To receive e-mail notifications about these films and other show highlights, you can subscribe to the Flinn Gallery e-mail checklist at https://flinngallery.com/make contact with/.

To study far more about the show, on the net opening, artist videos, gallery obtain, and protection protocols, you should visit the gallery web site.

About the Flinn Gallery

The Flinn Gallery is sponsored by the Friends of the Greenwich Library, and is positioned on the next flooring of the library, 101 West Putnam Avenue. Modified gallery hrs will be Tuesday by way of Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment only, when the Library establishes it is safe to do so.