|MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
APRIL 15 – MAY 15, 2020 | Curator: Joshua Field
John Guy Petruzzi
|As artists retreat into their homes and studios amid a global pandemic, we will often pursue the making of our own worlds, sometimes havens which give us the illusion of control, sometimes fantasies of a world that is profoundly different from our current realities, and sometimes dystopian recreations of the world as it is in this moment. This exhibition features work in which artists, working in a new isolation, pursue the creation of their own universe.|
Julie Heffernan Brooklyn, New York, USA
Heffernan’s luscious self-portraits represent a darkly magical exploration of the landscape as interior world, replete with dense symbolism and conscious echoes of stylizations ranging from the Hudson River School grandiosity, to rococo opulence and surrealist mystique.
Henriette Hellstern Copenhagen, Denmark
Hellstern is a contemporary Scandinavian painter obsessed with nature vs. human themes.
Sandy Litchfield Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
Sandy Litchfield is an artist, curator and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “I paint landscapes as a way to reconcile awakened experience with the color, mood and composition of inner dream-worlds.”
John Guy Petruzzi Youngstown, Ohio, USA
John Guy Petruzzi is an Ohio-based artist, educator, and lifelong naturalist working with watercolor painting on synthetic paper to relate new realities of habitat loss, climate change, biodiversity and extinction.
Stefania Pinsone Stein AG, Argau, Switzerland
Born in Rome, now living and working in Switzerland and exhibiting globally, Pinsone’s work is characterized by a powerful personal painting style that combines a strong figurative imagery with the elegance of a new contemporary impressionism of the digital age.
Jean-Pierre Roy Brooklyn, New York, USA
Jean-Pierre’s stirring, rich paintings blend geometric abstraction and figurative scenes in optically dense environments played out against arid, dystopian landscapes.
Karin Stack Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
Stack works in drawing, printmaking, photography, digital and collage, frequently exploring themes of the built, fake, and idealized landscape; and describing and denying space.
Joshua Field Denver, Colorado, USA
Field is a nationally and internationally exhibited artist and Assistant Professor of Foundations and Fine Arts at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Denver, CO. He holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Amherst, MA. His work has been featured in numerous publications including ArtSlant, DailyCandy, DesignYouTrust, and Saatchi Online’s 100 Curators, 100 Days and he has participated in residencies at the Contemporary Artists Center and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).