Friday, April 5, 2019
5 – 9 PM during first Friday Art loop
The Delaware Contemporary announces the second exhibition in a joint venture with the City of Wilmington on display in the lobby of the Louis L. Redding City/County Building. This self-guided exhibition features three paintings by The Delaware Contemporary studio artist, Jenna Lucente. Lucente’s landscapes present a vision of a marred environment through the effects of flooding and climate change. Her paintings explore ruination and the irreconcilable differences that often infiltrate dialogue as we individually, and collectively, try to navigate through the sullen results. Deluged, lost, and searching, Lucente’s anonymous figures appear to eerily meander half-submerged through swollen waters. Overwhelmed by the inundation, the figures grasp each other for support as they brave the environment. The figures represent global familiarity: everyone you know and don’t know. Lucente’s work investigates how a disaster can strip away all excess translated with a sense of stillness and simplicity. The veil of monochromatic color harmony unifies each image, while revealing to the viewer a covert message of the existential new normal.
Mayor Mike Purzycki and Joseph J. Gonzales, PhD have worked to together with the intention of drawing local and regional art enthusiasts to the Downtown District offering an opportunity to engage with featured artists and their work.
This exhibition joins the monthly Art Loop Wilmington as part of the city’s newly unveiled campaign, It’s Time, a dynamic blueprint for renewal that celebrates ingenuity from the region. The Redding Gallery serves as another nexus to showcase the best of Wilmington, demonstrate pride in the talent of its residents, and highlight the stories and artistry in a welcoming, diverse context.
Jenna Lucente is an artist and educator currently living in Delaware. She recently completed a public art commission that includes 28 glass windows for the above-ground Arthur Kill train station in Staten Island, New York. She received her BFA from Syracuse University having studied painting with Jerome Witkin and Gary Trento. Shortly thereafter, Jenna received her MFA from CUNY Queens College, where she studied with Gabriel Laderman and Bob Bermelin. After graduate school Jenna worked full time in the publishing industry, while still painting in her spare time. In 2015, she was appointed Assistant Professor of Art at Salem Community College.