August 1, 2019 6:00 pm - August 2, 2019 9:00 pm
“Ludus – playfulness, joy, vivid imagination, the inner child that strives to find meaning as they continue to grow and access the world around them. Antiqua – the adult that takes experiences of the past and adds to the meaning of our existence.”
Joan Fabian builds intuitively using materials such as wood, paper, found objects and paint that imply a sense of places lived, memories forgotten and revealing in the ephemeral moment.
By deconstructing paintings, found objects, wood and fabrics she builds them into new structures with a dialogue of diversity amid the mark making. There is an interplay of soft and hard materials that produce a patina of surfaces and color. The abstract juxtaposition form a labyrinth dwelling for the eyes.
Fabian has had exhibitions of her work at Paris Parsons School of Design; The Smithsonian International Museum, Washington, D.C. ; The American Center, Islamabad; Women and Their Work, Austin; The National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan and U.S. Art in Embassies in Lome, West Africa and Astana, Kazakhstan. She received a Fulbright to Pakistan where she was a visiting artist, a Pollock Krasner Artist Foundation Award in addition to artist residencies at Studio DSPS Foundation, Rotterdam and Foundation id11_Flatlands, Delft the Netherlands where she lived, worked and exhibited in immigrant apartment dwellings slated for demolition due to gentrification.
Roberta Masciarelli constructs structures with found objects, electronic waste, pencils and other repurposed materials giving life to fictional factories, devices, imaginary situations that don’t belong to the real world —at least at first glance.
Her art is sustainable using recycled material in unusual ways given her academic foundation as an architect, where she exposes these constructions built with hardware. Most if not all of her works have underlying stories and call attention to environmental issues where relevant.
Masciarelli has participated in collective exhibitions around the world such as Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti (Rovereto – Italy), Vestervig Prison and Legal Historical Museum (Vestervig, Denmark), Thy Skulpturhaven Museum (Thy, Denmark). Within the US, she has exhibited at Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Attleboro Arts Museum (Attleboro, MA), Red River Valley Museum (Vernon, TX) Monmouth Museum (Monmouth, NJ), Alexandria Museum of Art Alexandria, LA. Her last solo show was in 2018 – Constructio, which focused on factories, devices and technology – at Shore Gallery (Abilene Christian University, Abilene TX).
On view August 1 to August 17
First Thursday Opening Reception: Thursday, August 1, 6pm – 9pm
First Friday Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 6pm – 9pm
Non-reception hours: Thursdays – Saturdays, noon to 5pm
This exhibition is free and open to the public.