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Now at GearBox:

THE SAME,
just different:

Jules Campbell & Jerry Leisure


with special installation About Face: featuring Marsha Balian & Deborah Benioff Friedman in the Inner Room

Nov 24 - Jan 5

Opening Reception: Friday, December 7th
from 6-9pm

Artist's Reception: Saturday, December 15th
from 2-4pm


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January 2019


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CHOICE WORDS:

 

Matthew Priest & Maryann Steinert-Foley
May 31 - June 23, 6-9 pm

 

above image: left - Matthew Priest, Person,, oil and acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36
left - Maryann Steinert Foley, No Means No, ceramic , 13.5w x 58h x 18d

Matthew Priest, winner of the Juror’s Award from last years’ GearBox exhibit, Bluets, is featured this month in Choice Words, along with sculptor Maryann Steinert-Foley.

Steinert-Foley’s figurative ceramic pieces stand as a visual counterpoint to Priest’s colorful, layered, text-based canvases. Upon close examination, similar impulses on the part of both artists emerge. About his current series derived from language, Priest says, “Most are a kind of meditation on concepts that feel at risk (Peace, Truth, Justice, etc.)”. Steinert-Foley’s figures convey a sense of vulnerability and fragility. But, she explains, “I intend for them nonetheless to convey a sense of strength and resolve – and the message that the “appearance” of vulnerability does not necessarily connote weakness.”

Apart from the obvious use of text, both artists share an intuitive approach to the making of their work. They seem to be grappling with personal notions of risk, loss, vulnerability, and power - human emotions and responses to an unsettling time.