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Take Your Pulse


Take Your Pulse

New Works by Cathy Diamond, Jenny Lynn McNutt, and Louisa Waber

 

May 26-June 24, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, May 26, 5:00-7:00pm
Curated by Cathy Diamond

Through the use of inert materials art becomes a living force. It can be a metaphor for the sensation of blood pumping through the body, something we are aware of when adrenaline kicks in through stimulation, through fear. Yet when we put a finger to our neck or wrist it still is a kind of revelation to feel the little thump of pumping blood that is keeping us alive. In Take Your Pulse, the imagery of these three artists is abstracted from life and left open to interpretation and interaction by the viewer. The works invite emotional give and take, play and contemplation, excitement and recognition. Could it be that within these images there lies a pulse, a vital force?

Cathy Diamond makes oil paintings that reflect disparate parts of her. There's the dynamic of two forms either rejecting one another or embracing: Like moose with locked antlers, they don't seem able to get closer or to pull apart. Other paintings suggest the insistence of existing separate and apart in the form of a facade, with scars and hidden imagery yet not wanting to disclose too much. Still others offer some emotional reaction to nature and/or light - one has the magical experience of gaining forms or losing them in a dusk-like inbetween time. Diamond recently exhibited at Buddy Warren Gallery in NYC ,The Drawing Rooms in Jersey City, NJ, David and Schweitzer Gallery in Bushwick, NY, and at the Boston Print Fair, Boston, Ma. She lives and works in Queens, NY. See more of Cathy Diamond's work.

Jenny Lynn McNutt describes her recent paintings and sculptures, Mirror in the Animal, as ”feral landscapes...of shapeshifters.” Her work is deeply connected to animals, aiming past a literal representation. The brushwork is romantic, with glinting, creamy light that whips the images up into ritual-like dances in the presence of bonfires. Her ceramics suggest a rock containing bird-forms, a frog chimera, or figurative hybrids. McNutt just had a one-woman exhibition at The Academy Center of the Arts in Virginia and the Witteveen Visual Arts Centre in Amsterdam. She attended recent residencies at Virginia Center for the Arts and the European Ceramic Center, EKWC in Oisterwijk, The Netherlands. McNutt lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. See more of Jenny Lynn McNutt's work.

Louisa Waber's abstract paintings and collages depict a kind of elaborate circuitry, combining hair-thin meandering lines with tumbling blocks of saturated color. She alternates between tiny watercolors and large canvases. These dramatic shifts in scale also occur within the works themselves. Delicate constructions of bent staircases, fractured tunnels, crystalline spider webs and arching high-wires are set into or floating on large pools of saturated color. Space builds and collapses. In addition to participating in many recent group exhibitions in New York and New Jersey, Waber had one-woman exhibits at the Seligmann Center in Sugar Loaf, New York in 2017 and at The Painting Center in New York, NY in 2016. She lives in Manhattan with an industrial studio in Brooklyn. See more of Louisa Waber's work.