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Exhibit Opening: Elise P. Church and Barbara Friedman

  • CAS Arts Center 48 Main Street Livingston Manor, NY 12758 (map)

Artists Talk - 3 to 4 pm
Opening Reception - 4 to 6 pm

Inspired by the discovery of a vinyl photo album from 1966 at a flea market, Elise P. Church’s work is an examination of nostalgia through memorabilia both lost and found. In the painting series titled “Remnants” the artist repurposes photographs for potential studies on large uniquely shaped paintings using scraps from the photographs. Church’s work uses the photographs to cut, crop, frame and excise fragments for an assemblage with consideration to color and form. With great attention to detail she matches the color of the painting to that of the aged analog photographs. Finished works vary in size from a few inches to upwards of 100 inches and replicated in ink and gesso on paper. Matte paintings layered with drips and brush marks contrast and offset the glossy finish of the photographs.

Barbara Friedman’s divergent and changing motifs pay homage to different genres. Drawing on a variety of artistic traditions – portraiture, history painting, plein-air landscape and abstraction – together, pursue themes of dislocation. Employing a diverse cast of anti-heroes, Friedman’s compositions include Gulliver the hyperbolic misfit; a suspiciously malleable Gumby; that known prevaricating half-boy Pinocchio. The artist allows these bedfellows images to appear and give a sense of arriving, as if they come into the paintings’ pictorial spaces from somewhere else they’ve been. To this effect, the characters are dislocated from their right place, though stabilized through Friedman’s expressive painting amidst a disorienting space. Friedman’s characters play to her current concerns, be they formal, conceptual, or worldly.