Jennifer Manzella & Eric Van Nielsen – Language of the Artist

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Jennifer Manzella & Eric Van Nielsen – Language of the Artist

April 2 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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Jennifer L. Manzella is a Philadelphia-based artist whose print-work is mainly created through relief (woodcut and linocut) and copper etching processes. Based on places real and imagined, her prints often depict cityscapes against natural settings in layered compositions, or combine abandoned industrial structures with buildings, old trailers, and cars.

Manzella has participated in a variety of public art projects, gallery installations, residencies, and workshops such as one in the Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, Printmakers Open Forum in Oxford, PA, and Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, Maine. In 2018, she collaborated with another BYO Print Collective member to create a screen-printed public art installation displayed at the Ludlow in center city Philadelphia. Her prints have been exhibited in numerous juried national and international exhibitions, including the International Print Center in New York City, Southern Graphics Council, the Atlanta Print Biennial, and the Miniature Print Exhibition at the Manhattan Graphics Center.

Eric Van Nielsen is an abstract expressionist painter who began his career as a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. There he studied under such painters as Jan Baltzell and Alex Kanevsky. Prior to his time at PAFA, he mentored with Bucks County impressionist painter Robert Beck. In 2015, he moved from representational painting to abstraction, which led to three successful solo shows in Philadelphia as well as a month-long artist residency in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France.

To Van Nielsen, paintings offer the viewer a visually-stimulated liberation from the static of everyday life. He counts Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler, as well as post-modernists such as Gerhard Richter, among his major influences. But his pieces also share a close-knit relationship with music, which is a quintessential part of his process. Musical artists such as Bach, Bill Evans, Philip Glass and Radiohead all create the same energy and space in their work that Van Nielsen seeks to depict with paint. A painting should be experienced like a moving musical composition: as a dynamic, engaging activity.


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