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Factory Figures

January 12, 2019 - March 10, 2019

On View in Site 3 Project Gallery.

Torpedo Factory Art Center is excited to announce Factory Figures, a new exhibition in Site 3 Project Gallery. Factory Figures features figural artwork of diverse media by the Torpedo Factory Art Center artistsThe exhibition was curated by Chris Cardellino (Studio 313).

Participating Artists:

Veronica Barker-Barzel (Studio 320)
Christine Cardellino (Studio 313)
Berit Estabrook (Studio 330)
Avis Fleming (Studio 325)
Ed McCluney (Studio 325)
Barbara Muth (Associate Artist)
Charlene Nield ( Studio 316)
Ann Pickett (Studio 316)
Drew Parris (Studio 307)
Bev Ryan (Studio 333)
Lisa Schumaier (Studio 16)
Anna Yakubovskaya (Studio 302)


Curator’s Statement:

“This exhibition is an opportunity to showcase some of the figurative artwork being created in Torpedo Factory studios every day.  Due to limited space, the focus has been narrowed to works in painting, drawing and printmaking that are dominated by the full figure.  Still, it includes a wide range of media and treatment as Factory artists explore the pictorial possibilities inherent in the human figure.

On these walls, Drew Parris’ quiet, contemplative “Figure in Blue and Silver”, a drawing in silverpoint, contrasts with Charlene Nield’s and Ann Pickett’s exuberant mixed media collaboration, “8th at V”.  Three pieces examine contemporary life: Bev Ryan’s oil painting “Banshee” aims for the social-psychological dimension; Barbara Muth uses broad color fields to reflect on personal relationships in “Poolside Chat”; and Ed McCluney’s overhead view captures the energy of the moment in the linoleum relief print entitled “Rush Hour”.

In Berit Estabrook’s mysterious painting “Believe”, the dark figure seems to be both there and not there.  Anna Yakubovskaya’s graceful silk painting “Wishing Star” is a magical narrative. Veronica Barker-Barzel playfully abstracts the female nude in her relief print “Evening Friend”, while Avis Fleming’s lithographic piece, “Female Figures”, revels in line and gesture, and reflects a lifetime of experience drawing from the model. Punctuating the exhibit is one sculptural piece: Lisa Schumaier’s irresistible automata “The Faces We Show”, which reminds us that we and the world we inhabit have more than three dimensions.

Though broad and deep, this small exhibition is only a taste of the figurative artwork that can be found in the Torpedo Factory.  I hope it encourages the viewer to explore all the corners of the Art Center.”

— Christine Cardellino

Image: Charlene Nield and Anne Pickett, 8th and V, acrylic and mixed media on panel.


January 12, 2019
March 10, 2019
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