For the month of July, DVAA is hosting a members' exhibition to showcase all of the talented artists who comprise our membership. Here on the blog we'd like to feature some of these participating artists so you can learn more about their creative vision and their work!
Sandi Neiman Lovitz
A statement from the artist:
"I was a very little girl when I became excited about art. My first box of crayons was the most precious gift I have ever been given. The colors around me, from the blue of the sky, the first robin's egg that I saw, to the rainbows on an oil slick pavement, still, to this day, provide me with a huge vocabulary to express myself.
My subject matter is actually the "process" of painting itself. Each layer I use gives me information for the next. I continue to explore the dance between paint and marks by using experimental methods of application that demand spontaneity in gesture and thought, while maintaining an informed reason for every action that is taken. I find this a challenging and illuminating experience because it pushes me further into the discovery of new possibilities."
To see more from Sandi please visit her website: http://www.sandineimanlovitz.com/
Linda Dubin Garfield
About the artist:
"Linda Dubin Garfield is an Philadelphia artist who creates colorful works on paper that combine traditional printmaking , mixed media & digital technology based on her love of travel, the mystery of memory & the magic of place.
'In the early 90’s, I took a printmaking course and fell in love with the process. Unlike other passionate relationships that fade with time, the passion and love I had for printmaking has only gotten more intense. Several years ago, I started exploring mixed media and have found that combining collage and monotype is a relationship that sings. I also enjoy combining photography and digital imaging with traditional printmaking techniques. The possibilities are exponential.
Nature nurtures and inspires me. I combine elements of nature, texture and design along with the magic of the press. I am intrigued by memory and what remains in our mind’s eye. My work reflects scenes from travel near and far. More than a report on how it was exactly, I am interested in my expressive and passionate response to the color and pattern of the landscape, experience or image. Rather than representing every detail, I evoke the hidden and reveal the atmosphere, creating personal visual memoirs. Through the art my travels inspire, the viewer can determine his own sojourn and find his place.
My focus on the process, not the outcome, frees me to be experimental. Following my passion and living my dream energizes me to be productive and alive. I feel like I am now living out loud. I want to share that passion and joie de vivre with those seeing my work, triggering a memory or experience for the viewer.'"
"Countryside #1 was inspired by a trip to England where the hills are covered with lushness and the gardens are full of flowers. Using patterns from William Morris (Arts and Crafts artist from the Oxfordshire area), I manipulated them on Photoshop, then created silk screens to create images that I chine colle-ed onto the original monotype."
To see more from Linda please visit her website: http://www.lindadubingarfield.com/
A statement from the artist:
"Nature, natural forms, light, and the play of my medium, itself, inform my drawing. I like the feel of charcoal on paper and love using an eraser and my hands as I work into my subject, layering and removing layers, trying to understand what I see and feel what I draw.
I recentlymoved back to Philadelphia after living for 10 years in Provence, France, where the pull was to paint out of doors. Now I find myself working primarily in my studio with images that relate to nature but are actually composites of observation, photo images, and imagination.
The pieces for this show actually began with the challenge of several large scraps of thin plywood. I wanted to use the rough surface for soft images, drawing with charcoal on gesso. Each piece comprises many layers of gesso, pumice gel, charcoal, pastel and more gesso - with lots of fixative spray in between!"
Connect with Charlotte:
Or at her studio: 1241 Carpenter Street Studios
About the artist:
"Laura Storck is an award-winning fine art and event photographer who is devoted to documenting timely discoveries of spot news, street art, mannequins, or the simply bizarre. Currently, she is the Communications Manager on the Board of Directors at DVAA. Laura is also the Communications Lead for the Philadelphia Photo League, as well as a contributor for DoNArTNeWs, the Philadelphia Art News Blog by DoN Brewer. In January 2016, Laura curated "Mannequin - A Group Photography Show" at DVAA. By day, Laura is a scientist and a communications specialist for GSK.
'As I thoughtfully roam the city streets on my daily commute, I've become enraptured with storefront displays and their mannequins. These window inhabitants, that conjure marketplace notions of sex, fashion, and consumerism, are all behind glass - untouchable, idealized plastic forms intended to incite desire for at least the clothes they fill.
As this project has unfolded, I’ve come to observe and photograph mannequins of several different configurations, located in windows and within merchandizing displays. These models can vary demographically by neighborhood - even though the stores could be selling essentially the same product, each has a unique style and ambience which is reflected in their mannequins - the pose, color, and choice of whether or not to use a realistic face versus abstract, or even headless versions. The more expensive the clothing, the more rich-looking the mannequin seems. Mannequins in windows tend to have faces and are more eye-catching,whereas those within the retail environment appear utilitarian.
These silent salespeople were held in high regard during the surrealism movement of the early 20th century, as these objects blurred the lines between animate and inanimate, human and machine, the sexualized and the sexless, and ultimately life and death. The zany appeal of these articulated dolls prove both attractive and disconcerting at the same time; mysterious yet strangely familiar.
Mannequins are simultaneously a commodity, a simulacra, an erotic object, and the embodiment of the uncanny.'"
Check out more of Laura's work on Instagram: @laurastorck