DVAA @ Atria Center City collab!
(150 N. 20th Street, Philly)
January 17th - February 22nd, 2019
This month, DVAA artists Gary Grissom and Sunjeon Grissom will be showing!
Opening Reception: January 17th, 2019, 4-6pm
I’m an artist who, since the 1970s, has been making images of places, people, and things I’ve seen. The majority of my art for the last two decades has been depictions from Philadelphia locations close to where I reside. I see myself as an artist with the spirit of a bricoleur who putters about, a tinkerer, fiddling around in numerous art media. Painting, photography, multi-media including video and writing, have been explored with a DIY hodge-podge approach, resulting in a pastiche of many different ingredients.
My paintings and drawings are infused with a passion for details that construct a composition of a contained fragmented sectioned universe. After art school I was making large non-representational paintings. I evolved via a desire create representational art that is not reportage. From the first time I mixed paint I’ve loved the power of color.
The art I’m showing at Atria is a grouping of recent landscapes and several works representing images of our grandchildren.
My art practice started in Korea after college during the 1970s. Several years ago, I started a series of artworks that were composed using plant components from the natural world. The collages that resulted were compositions built around varying negative space which authors a tense hierarchical structure causing viewer eye movement.
I’m pleased that the paper-cut work I’m showing at Atria evolved from the plant collages and continues to reference the natural world through the shapes of botany.
The paper-cut work process starts by drawing on paper followed by adding color and cutting out shapes. Pasting the cut paper onto a separate sheet of paper creates a dimensionality that I find more interesting than the work would be on a single sheet of paper. When I cut, I discover (and am surprised by) the evolving new composition that differs from my original vision. By varying the combinations of color and shapes the possibilities are endless. There is a visual energy and color sensation causing me to desire to continue to the cut paper-artwork.
Founded in 1931, Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA) is a non-profit art organization headquartered in Bella Vista, Philadelphia. Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA) strives to provide artists with a community that fosters artistic expression and growth through exhibitions and programs. This year, DVAA is proud to partner with Atria Senior Living, showcasing several exhibitions featuring DVAA members throughout the year. Each exhibition will showcase several artworks from two to three DVAA members and run for approximately six weeks each.
Da Vinci Art Alliance members are a diverse group of creatives of all ages and backgrounds, including those with advanced degrees in their fields and those that are self-taught. Members include award-winning artists whose works are in museums and private collections across the country as well as emerging artists, showing work for their first time.