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Joan Wadleigh Curran : CONSTRUCTION

SEPTEMBER 1ST - OCTOBER 4TH, 2015

CONSTRUCTION is a dynamic exhibition of Ms. Curran's recent paintings. The title references the artist’s process of  constructing images, with intent, from discarded organic and man-made objects to tell a story of persistence and resilience. 

 

 


SELECTED WORKS


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PRESS RELEASE

CONSTRUCTION is a dynamic exhibition of Ms. Curran's recent paintings. The title references the artist’s process of  constructing images, with intent, from discarded organic and man-made objects to tell a story of persistence and resilience. 

 Deeply influenced by the “relationship between people and their environment”, the subjects of the works represent a variety of castoff plant matter, garden waste, netting, metal cages and fencing, ceramics, wood, and building materials sourced from both urban and natural environments. 'Stack', a large-scale painting on canvas and the focal point of the exhibition, represents her most recent series begun in the summer of 2015 and incorporates images of compacted recycling bales.  'Reconstruction', also from this new series, is a bold and tangled messy arrangement of netting, metal, ropes and textiles.

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Curran’s articulate visual choices and acute arrangements present the objects as portraits rather than still lives. The artist’s  colors in the paintings jump from the surface and are clear, rich, and vibrant : reds, oranges, acid greens and yellows with surprises of cerulean and lilac.  The result is work that is bold and elegant, and energetic without being frenetic. Curran’s paintings reveal the abandoned and ignored periphery of our urban environments. When presented in her indiosyncratic 'arranged' methods, she poses a question to the viewer about how we see and acknowledge 'the everyday object' and what is taken for granted or discarded. In her hands, these items blur lines and become beautiful and the question of surrealism vs. realism arises.

Joan Wadleigh Curran received a Bachelor degree in Art from Skidmore College, and later went on to receive her MFA from Yale University. Curran has exhibited her work in galleries across the northeast, as well as in museums such as the New Jersey State Museum and the Delaware Art Museum.