The Philip Slein Gallery
JEFFERSON, NEW YORK
Show runs May 29th - June 27th, 2015
Over the past twenty-five years many artists who had studios in New York City have moved to more relaxing environments. Often they locate in the quiet small towns of the Hudson River Valley, a few hours away from Manhattan, where studio space abounds, the cost of living is low, and the pace of life less frenetic.
One of these towns is Jefferson, New York, which is the home of the artists in this exhibition: Joan Nelson, Don Powley, Nancy Shaver, Kevin Larmon, and Editha Mesina. Jefferson is a town with a population of about 1,200 founded shortly after the Revolutionary War. It has been noted for its architectural landmark – a thirteen-sided barn. Soon it may become better known for the artists who have chosen to live there.
Commonality of place has allowed an exceptional diversity of form yet all have an intensity of purpose. Kevin Larmon’s paintings, emerging from nature, reference the play between the known and the abstract. Nancy Shaver’s collaged objects utilize the overly familiar to create a fresh look in a new space altogether. Don Powley creates a fresh look at language by inclusion and exclusion, while Editha Mesina’s self-portraits and Joan Nelson’s landscapes haunt our way of looking at what we thought we knew.
Nancy Shaver was born in 1946 in Appleton, New York. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute in 1969, and from 1970 to 1972 audited Walker Evans’s photography class at Yale University. Her work has been shown in many galleries including: John Davis Gallery, Feature Inc., Curt Marcus Gallery, and Hundred Acres Gallery. Shaver’s awards include the Lewis Comfort Tiffany Award, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Anonymous Was A Woman Grant, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Yaddo Fellowship, and McDowell Colony Fellowship.
Who: The Philip Slein Gallery
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm
When: Reception: Friday, May 29th, 2015 5-8PM runs through June 27th, 2015
Where: 4735 McPherson Ave. Central West End
Cost: Free and open to the public.