Wednesday, March 2, 2016

So Much has Happened...

Life continuously surprises with its challenges, thank goodness! If everything was easy sailing I am sure I would be bored. So I will take the drama instead.

I have been hard at work and am so excited about new pieces and shows I am either in or preparing for. I have been making efforts to connect with my local art scene which is very strong. This is such a nice balance from the jewelry world which is quite far flung.

In September I had work in Newark, the beautiful Paul Robeson Main Gallery curated by Anonda Bell. I was also able to give an artist's talk to the Rutgers University students there.

The (Not So) Secret Life of Plants Main Gallery September 1 – December 17, 2015 Plants are the foundation on which most visible life on the planet exists. They are under stress, with diminishing natural environments and the very real possibility that many plants may become extinct even before humans are aware of their existence. This exhibition will explore the nature of plants and how humans interact with them, from the forest to the home. Includes the work of Thea Clark, John Edmark, Dana Fritz, Jim Jacobs, MingJer Kuo, Jessica Lagunas, Sam Metcalf, Lina Puerta, Lindsay M. Robbins, Linda Stillman, Adam Swart, Yeon Ji Yoo, and Rachel Yurkovich This exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with contributions by Anonda Bell, Caren King Choi, Peter J. Cohen, Naomi Sachs, and Peter Singer.

A piece from 2014 was shown Axial Bifurcation, taking on an a life of its own apart from the original installation (The Quick and the Deep) configuration.

Currently I have another sculpture from 2014 on view in "Guide ropes and Live Wires" the faculty art exhibition at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, documented in a wonderful catalog. Shelter (for the new disasters) cited in an alcove framed so nicely.

Tomorrow night I am showing 2 pieces, one from my solo installation The Quick and The Deep, another just completed especially for the show "Black, White and Green"  curated by Katherine Murdock. My piece Holding Pattern (2014, below) is on the post card. From the press release:

Black, White and Green opens at Gallery at 14 Maple on March 3

Thea Clark's Holding Pattern
On March 3, 2016 from 6-8pm, Morris Arts will host a free opening reception for the Gallery at 14 Maple’s fifteenth exhibit, entitled Black, White and Green.  For this occasion, with guest curator Katherine Murdock, the Exhibition Committee of Morris Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation selected works by the following outstanding New Jersey artists, Pat Brentano (Westfield), Jose Camacho (Montclair), Kathy Cantwell (Maplewood), Thea Clark (Maplewood), Carol Nussbaum (Short Hills), Casey Ruble (Milford), Nancy Ori (Berkley Heights), Jessica Rohrer (Bloomfield), and Raymond Saá (Maplewood). Two outstanding artists from New York are also featured: Richard Bottwin (Brooklyn) and Riad Miah (New York).

Inspired by the biowall, the vertical garden of living plants within the exhibit space, Curator Murdock chose to focus the exhibit on plants and selected the title,Black, White and Green, to purposefully reflect that limited color palette as a means of unifying the exhibit. What is striking, however, is the richness and variety of the artists’ unique approaches to the theme – through their use of different media (collage, oil, cold wax painting, photography, charcoal drawings, wood sculpture, etc.), composition, and subtle gradations of color. As Murdock notes, “Casey Ruble’s paper collage illustrates a bundled bouquet of invasive plant species and Kathy Cantwell’s oil and cold wax on panel explores green color fields that resemble landscape. Richard Bottwin uses plant material as a medium and highlights the wood grain with stain and paint.”  Pat Brentano combines cut paper and acrylic on canvas to highlight subtleties within the spectrum of green while Thea Clark, in essence, “creates” plant life with artificial turf, acrylic textile, cotton thread, wood and foam. Jose Camacho’s work focuses on the abstract, ghostly images of possible plant life in his black and white oils on paper.  Similarly, stark black and white is used to highlight Nature’s geometric precision in Carol Nussbaum’s striking flower mandala photos. Riad Miah’s use of electric green and geometric units suggests plant life on a cellular level while Nancy Ori’s photographs cut to the essence of botanical forms, revealing hidden structures. Jessica Rohrer’s gouache captures the green fluidity and grace of a hosta plant while the dramatic and intense charcoal drawings of Raymond Saá suggest the explosive release of energy of segmented structures that seem to collapse, yet still bristle with vitality.

More shows and images to come both sculpture and jewelry. One of an artist's great pleasures is when our support systems of curators and gallery owners support new work. Their feedback is so valuable from the isolation of the studio.

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