Free Space: A Dual Exhibition Exclusively Online on Artsy October 3-24, 2019
Free Space: a dual exhibition exclusively online on Artsy October 3 – 24, 2019
BOJUart gallery is pleased to present Free Space, a dual exhibition featuring new abstract works from mixed media artist Marlowe Emerson and painter Jack McWhorter. While BOJUart artists Emerson and McWhorter explore form and color differently, they share a passion for abstract art as a pure and direct expression of truth, an exploration of the workings of the universe and our place in it.The Artsy online exclusive exhibit opens October 3 and is on display until October 24, 2019.
Emerson creates large, abstract, mixed media works that explore the limits of spontaneity in painting and drawing through scribbling, mark-making, and other expressionist techniques. The process is intuitive and personal. Collage elements are obtained through drawing or photography, then sometimes digitally altered. Working with a range of media, including acrylic paint, and various qualities of paper, pastels and pencils, helps to achieve a complex, textured finish. The resulting layers of paint and paper become a testament to the ways in which art records individual experience.
Emerson received a BS in French with a minor in Art History from Georgetown University, after which she spent seven years studying painting in the south of France. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries along the East Coast. She currently teaches abstract painting at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. The primary focus of her work is the intuitive process of painting and the value of abstract expressionism as a creative practice.
BOJUart donates a portion of each piece sold to Emerson’s cause: Virginia MOCA art education programs. Through regularly scheduled events for children, teens, and adults, Virginia MOCA offers exciting programs that foster awareness of the significant art of our time. All programs, activities, and resources are designed to encourage discussion, transforming galleries into laboratories of ideas.
Shown courtesy of the artist: Wolf Girl Goes to School, 2019. Marlowe Emerson. Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 48 x 1 ½ inches
McWhorter is searching within painting for a for a connection between something that hovers just below the world of visible matter and systems of recognition and information in our visible material world. The paintings are informed by several open impulses and ideas that radiate the spirit of natural and coded systems. For example, experiments with particles have taught us that the world is a continuous, restless swarming of things, a perpetual coming to light and disappearance of ephemeral entities. The inner life of natural phenomena becomes an alternative to the automatic perception of nature as landscape. The paintings are developed through layering various languages one upon the other. Maps and charts are mixed together with crystalline structures and cell formations. The record of the intersections and negotiations of each color, mark, and layer of paint sets up moments of conflict in the resulting image. The process brings a strong sense of touch and play into the predicament of describing a world of space and form full of change, conflict, and fleeting evidence.
McWhorter lives and works in Akron, Ohio. He is Professor of Painting, School of Art, Kent State University. McWhorter has been a visiting artist at St. Luca School of Art, Brussels, Belgium, The Walworth Barbour American International School in Tel Aviv and for the Ohio Arts Council. His paintings have been exhibited widely including solo and group exhibitions in Beijing, Brooklyn, Brussels, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Glasgow, Leuven, New York, Overijse, Tel Aviv, Siena, and Ventura.
BOJUart donates a portion of each piece sold to McWhorter’s cause: Visual Arts Center (VAC) Richmond, Virginia. The VAC is an affiliate partner for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and hosts the yearly regional awards, a recognition project for creative youth grades 7-12.
Shown courtesy of the artist: Beginnings of a Complex, 2019. Painting, oil on panel 40 x 30 x 2 inches