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Barbara Smith Gioia / Nancy Lasar at The Yard Bryant Park

Barbara Smith Gioia

Artist Statement

For me, making art is a philosophical pursuit that embraces the dynamics created by the interplay of line, color, pattern and texture within an abstract format. Improvisation is an important part of my process as the works develop and evolve. I’m interested in compositions that banter about and ultimately arrive at completeness through a kind of dialogue between myself and the work. Line is my vehicle for deeply felt personal expression, often alluding to subconscious thought. Entering the unknown, each painting becomes its own journey and arrives with an individuality that describes a particular world. What engages and challenges me most is a process that often combines a variety of different media: monotype, woodcut, silkscreen, and linoleum block prints; ink, oil stick, charcoal and acrylics. From these various media I create works on paper that either stand alone or become the raw material for collage paintings. I work on several paintings simultaneously with each one feeding off the others while adamantly retaining its individuality. As such, the works, be they monotype or collage painting, have a thread connecting them through their shared materials, forms and marks. My paintings are an invitation for viewers to enter a space that is open to interpretation and allows for free association. The works are just as likely to be read as metaphors for contemporary life as personal meditations. The paintings are a reflection of the world as I see it through a nonobjective visual language

Nancy Lasar

Artist Statement

Whether in drawing, painting, or printmaking, the process for me is about layering and energizing space in such a way that objects are fluid, interconnected and full of energy and movement. I try to utilize a variety of lines, marks and media to suggest both stasis and openness to possibility and transformation as well as the passage of time. As I attempt to describe the multiple realities which intermingle in memory, imagination and daily life, images emerge and diverge – reconfiguring in new relationships. Everything is open and flows back and forth: empty and full, defined by its opposite -fleeting yet tangible – air and space dissecting form and formless in an effort to capture the unity and delight of life experienced, remembered, longed for.

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Abstraction At Large


Opening Reception: Wednesday April 11, 2018 from 6-9PM

About the Juror:

Eleanor Heartney is a contributing Editor to Art in America and Artnews and has written extensively on contemporary art issues for such other publications as Artpress, Art and Auction, The New Art Examiner, the Washington Post and The New York Times. She received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism in 1992. Her books include: Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads; Postmodernism; Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art; Defending Complexity: Art, Politics and the New World Order; and Art and Today, a survey of contemporary art of the last 25 years from Phaidon. She is a co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art which won the Susan Koppelman Award. Heartney is a past President of AICA-USA, the American section of the International Art Critics Association. In 2008 she was honored by the French government as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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