Denise Philipbar

Mixed Media/Painting

 


Contact Information

Woodbridge, VA
e-mail: artist@denisephilipbar.com
www.denisephilipbar.com
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Artist Statement

My work is insatiable curiosity manifest in visual form. Questions inspired by science,mathematics, philosophy, and humanity for which I have no answers form the basis of my art. I approach these investigations through explorations in painting, installation and social art. I paint in oil and mixed media, and consider the works as an ongoing conversation with myself. Abstract, and heavily influenced by physics and mathematics, the current series is inspired by projective geometry where I explore the concept of directionality, scale, and dimension in the traditional painting plane. Whereas these paintings are doodles on the indefiniteness of reality, my installations are musings on our interactions with the technology we create. For these installations, I mostly use found objects such as test tubes or surveillance cameras that I assemble and modify into site specific large scale works. Some of the installations are also social art projects that are constructed of objects that I hand craft or that I have manufactured for me and then alter to my specifications. Sometimes I pose questions to a population and let the responses become the art – as directly as binding the responses into a book. Because my social art projects grow out of thoughts that are inspired by the way we interact directly with each other. My background in mathematics and science leads me to wonder where we are heading with technology, what we will find, and how we will react. My art, in the form of inquiry, only leads me to more questions, but that’s a good place for me since the journey is the goal.

Artist Bio

Denise Philipbar is a painter and installation artist who blends the power of nature with her understanding of science and technology. Working with topics such as the panopticon as metaphor or how technology and nature collide, her installations ask viewers to question how they interact with their own experiences in our current technological landscape. Her paintings explore the formal aspects in the two dimensional plane through abstraction and process disregarding any direct references to subject matter.

Philipbar learned to paint at the Art Students League of Denver after completing a bachelors and a masters in Mathematics from the University of Colorado. She holds an MFA in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Education

2012
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MFA,Painting

1996
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
MA, Mathematics

1993
University of Colorado, Denver, CO
BS, Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2015

Divided Dimensions, Oakview National Bank, Marshal, VA

2014
Fragmented Reality, Blick Art Materials, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Conscious Evolution, Fisher Gallery at the Schlesinger Center, Alexandria, VA

2012
deNatured, Gallery 224 and Rosenwald Wolfe Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Around and About, Pearson Square Apartments, Falls Church, VA

Variety is Spicy, Allspice Cafe, Arlington, VA

Scapes, Burke and Herbert Bank, Falls Church, VA

2009
A Look to the Future, Park Avenue Gallery, Falls Church, VA

2003
Primal Intuitions, Earth, Spin & Fire, Florence, CO

Group
2014
Within the Foreground, Rosewald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

Making It, Hamilton and Arronson Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

Welcome to Wonderland, artdc Gallery, Hyattsville, MD

2013
Neuro-Diversity Project, Studio 4, Old Town, Alexandria, VA

4 Equality: A Show of Pride 2013 (Benefiting Fairfax Pride), Studio 4, Old Town, Alexandria, VA

Studio 4 Artists, Vulcan Gallery, Lorton, VA

Incarceration: Visions of Confinement, McGuire Woods Gallery: SoloSpace, Lorton, VA

Exhibition with the Artists in Residence from the Kunstverein Mecklenburg Inspiriert Residency, Kunsthalle Ostseebad Kühlungsborn, Kühlungsborn, Germany

2012
All at Once, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Painting Ain’t Dead, Gallery 817, Philadelphia, PA

The Italian Way: A Response to Italian Arts & Culture, Gallery 224, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Work in Progress, Hamilton Hall, Philadelphia, PA

2010
WIP, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Artomatic 2009, Washington, DC

2008
All Media Juried Show, Falls Church Arts Gallery, Falls Church, VA

Sensazione, Awaken the Senses, Falls Church Arts Gallery, Falls Church, VA

2007
Summer Art Market, Art Students League of Denver, Denver, CO

2006
Summer Art Market, Art Students League of Denver, Denver, CO

2004
Paint Our Town, Art Students League of Denver, Denver, CO

Artists from Artists on Santa Fe Gallery, Boetcher Concert Hall, Denver, CO

Exhibitions Curated

2011
6:6, Hyper-Space, West Collection, Oaks, PA
with Harry Hukkinen

Residencies

2014
Contemporary Art Center-Woodside, Troy, NY

Old Furnace Artist Residency, Harrisonburg, VA

2013
Mecklenburg Inspiriert International Artist Residency, Kühlungsborn, Germany

Professional Experience
2013
Visiting Critic, MFA-Studio Arts Program, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2010 – 2012
Instructor, Painting and Drawing, Falls Church Arts Foundation, Falls Church, VA

2002 – present
Private Instructor, Painting and Drawing

1999 – 2000
Instructor, Beginning Throwing on the Wheel, Roundtree Art Center, Denver, CO

Bibliography

2014
Robinson, E. Brady “Low-Residency MFA Programs,” Professional Artists’ Magazine, August/September 2014

2013
Denise Philipbar’s Conscious Evolution,” Intercom, June 3, 2013

Collum, James “Art, Arithmetic and Life: Meet Workhouse Artist Denise Philipbar,” Lorton Patch, May 8, 2013

Ostsee Zeitung, Zehn Kuenstler aus fuenf Nationen stellen im Rahmen von “Mecklenburg Inspiriert” in der Kunsthalle aus

2011
“West Collection: 6:6; Six Concurrent West Collection Exhibitions, Six Curatorial Teams From University of the Arts,” University of the Arts, August, 2011

2010
Bedell Natalie “FIRSTfriday of F.C.’s New ArtALot, ‘Cruise-In’ Event Debuts Friday” Falls Church News Press, Falls Church, VA, May 5, 2010

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