Work by Emily Steinberg
September 12 – October 27, 2012
Second Thursday Receptions: September 13 and October 11, 6 – 9 pm
The Hall at Crane Arts
1400 N. American Street, 1st floor
Originating in an appreciation of the flow and alchemy of colors in glazing techniques, these works are vehicles for the material aspects of painting. Here, ‘collectible’ objects are preserved at moments in time – both in terms of the value and interpretation of the object to its owner or potential collector – and to the fleeting sense of time that is apparent to the painter who considers daylight. To the artist in process and to the viewer, the contact between paint, brush and surface are also made more tangible because of the large size of the paintings. This change of scale transforms these delicate objects in the simplest sense, by removing them from the framework of utilitarian or collectible and presenting them in bold form.
Theoretically the paintings draw from an interest in history, biography and personal narrative and are rooted in Western traditions in portrait painting, particularly Michelangelo. They speak to topics of power in domesticity, gender and intimacy. Aesthetically, they seem to refer to the mysteries of the likes of Hogarth and Rembrandt, among several other plastic, chromatic and historical influences. – Emily Steinberg
Emily Steinberg, a painter and graphic novelist, earned her MFA and BFA from the University of Pennsylvania. She has shown at 55 Mercer Gallery and The Westbeth Gallery in New York, and has exhibited at several Philadelphia area galleries – including The Mangel Gallery, The Borowsky Gallery, The Woodmere Museum of Art and the Michener Museum of Art in Doylestown, PA. Most recently, she exhibited in the solo series at the Abington Art Center. Her graphic novel memoir, Graphic Therapy, can be read online at Smith Magazine. Her short comic, Blogging Towards Oblivion, was included in The Moment(Harper/Collins 2012). She currently teaches studio art at Penn State Abington.
The public hours for the Crane Arts Building are noon – 6 pm, Wednesday – Sunday, and until 9 pm on the Second Thursday of each month.