Jamestown Arts Center Announces Selected Artists for Upcoming RAW: Reassessment and Wonder Exhibition


Jamestown, RI February 8, 2022In times of trouble, art and artists facilitate the process of individual and collective healing. This catharsis is reflected in the work of ten artists selected for the next exhibition RAW: reassessment and wonderment at the Jamestown Arts Center (JAC).

Tyler Arment, Donna Bassin, Linda Behar, Ana Flores, Noah Fox, Dena Haden, Aimee Hofmann, Paul Housberg, ML Kirchner, and Melanie dai Medeiros each addresses the relationship between courage and the creative process. They have all recently made radical changes in their practice, ranging from exploring new challenges in materials and techniques to confronting personal, social and cultural identities.

Donna Bassin, precious Scars.Kyoto.Monk.8A, 2020. Pigment print, embroidery thread, encaustic; 16″x16″; Unique.

Expository Comissioner Danielle Ogden explains, “Collectively, the work of these ten artists weaves tales of bodily fragility, the delicacy of nature, childhood memories, wounds, isolation and connection…These experiences can be vulnerable, but can also spark joy, courage and resilience – and really impactful. works of art.”

The artists were selected from a national call for artists. The exhibition opens March 18, 2022 and includes outdoor sculptures and a 10-foot exterior mural in addition to site-specific installations and artworks in a range of media in the JAC galleries.

About the artists:

Single Figure Paintings by RI Artist Newport Tyler Armament represent a glimpse of a person at the moment when his fundamental force, his human potential, his physical and psychological power are released.

Based in New Jersey Donna Basin, Ph.D., uses art to explore the creative side of collective loss, grief, mourning and transformation. His series in BELIEVEDentitled precious scarsreflects the wounds caused by the pandemic, persistent racial and economic inequalities and a further erosion of our democracy by tearing up original portraits to create ‘wounds’ in the artwork which are then stitched together using gold rice paper and wire.

Linda Behar (Providence, RI) explores body language and body shape in her performative and sculptural works. His art creates images that echo the past, confront the present and embrace the future.

Over the past two years, the Cuban-American sculptor and painter Ana Flores sought refuge in the forest surrounding his studio in Charlestown, RI and found inspiration in the spindly little trees that fought for space and light to grow in the dense space. She turned them into ladders which will be displayed outside the JAC on Valley Street in Jamestown.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted the personal and professional spheres of multidisciplinary artists Noah Fox (Milford, CT), his work took on new meaning as his sculptures of loving, gesturing hands now looked like agents of viruses and contagion. Her site-specific installation at JAC is filtered through the lens of social distancing, touch, intimacy, illness and safety.

The sculptural forms of Dena Haden (New Bedford, MA) embody the ebb and flow of life cycles: taking shape, living, changing and the residue left behind.

Became a paraplegic at the age of 30 following a rare neurological disease, Aimee Hofmann (Tuckahoe, NY) traveled to redefine herself as a woman in a wheelchair. During a two-month hospital stay, she picked up a brush and started painting. For BELIEVEDHoffman will install a 10′ x 10′ mural outside the JAC that combines hand painting and his wheelchair.

Paul Housberg (Jamestown, RI) explores the juxtaposition of order and chance, as well as the human tendency to seek pattern in chaos. His well-known grid structures that are architecturally integrated into large public spaces have transformed during the pandemic into a solitary practice of intimate works.

The multinational portraits of M. L. Kirchnertaken in the United States and Guatemala, capture the dignity of the marginalized and portray characters within the context of a larger dialogue and within the geometry of their space.

The deeply personal and narrative work of Melanie dai Medeiros (Barrington, RI) reflects the artist’s examination of his childhood memories, his community and the land, which exhibited, Medeiros explains, “a duplicity of consciousness – juxtaposing the known with the felt”.

About the Curator:

Danielle Ogden has spent the past 17 years immersed in the intersection of art, museums and higher education. She is currently a faculty member at Fairfield University, where she teaches modern art and museum history, theory and practice. She is also an adult learning specialist at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT. Previously, she supported the launch of the National Gallery Singapore, as Senior Manager of Adult Learning and Access Programs. Danielle has national and international experience curating, designing and facilitating interdisciplinary initiatives, leading gallery tours, lectures and building programs for adult audiences at the Museum of Modern Art, Harvard University Art Museums, The British National Trust, Newport Restoration Foundation and Westport Museum of Contemporary (formerly Westport Arts Center). Danielle holds an MA in Art History from Boston University and an Ed.M. in Education from Harvard University. Danielle will serve as Curator of Engagement for the Jamestown Arts Center Outdoor Arts Biennial, which opens in Spring 2022.

RAW: reassessment and wonderment opens March 18, 2022 and will be viewable during regular gallery hours until May 7, 2022. Gallery hours are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or by appointment. Exhibitions at the JAC are free and open to everyone. Masks are mandatory inside the JAC.

More information here: www.jamestownartcenter.org


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