Joan Wadleigh Curran


Jul 21 - Aug 14, 2016

MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, in association with Savery Gallery, is pleased to announce Endurance, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Philadelphia-based artist Joan Wadleigh Curran on view from July 21 through August 14, 2016. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 21, 6-8PM

Curran’s paintings explore the beauty, resiliency, and impermanence of discarded objects, building materials, items cast aside, things lost, and the natural world in the midst of it all.

In his essay written for the exhibition, Stan Mir asks of us: “The average viewer at the Met looks at a painting for seventeen seconds. How much does one care about the detritus in the street? ….Curran’s eyes become our eyes. She’s always asking us to imagine this, except she never provides a narrative. Why would she need to? We’re already living amongst these things.”

Her paintings walk a narrow line between por trait and landscape, challenging the viewer to come to a conclusion. Among the works in the exhibition are ‘Transmission’, a large-scale oil on canvas which interweaves the blank reflector shields of a cell phone tower with thick evergreen tree branches that wrap the structure, vibrant and in motion; and ‘Security,’ a rich field of a Mars-like color over taken with seemingly disparate objects like security cameras, amputated tree trunks, and unraveling blankets that, when seen as a collection, appear to be drawing closer together.

Again, from Stan Mir : “Like scholar’s rocks, the paintings in Endurance, ask us to contemplate the erosion of the private into the public. The tree in ‘Transmission’ is just one of the receptacles we share our secrets with. This is the New Age.“

Joan Wadleigh Curran received her BS in Ar t at Skidmore College and her MFA at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Her work has received grants from the Pennsylvania Council for the Ar ts in 2006 and 1987. She was a disciplinar y finalist for the Pew Fellowship in the Ar ts in 2001 and 1993, and received grants from the Independence Foundation in 2016, 2009, and 2004.

Curran’s work has been exhibited nationally at the Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, the Anchorage Museum, the Columbus Museum, High Museum of Ar t, and the Naples Museum, and internationally at the Cour tauld Institute, London, as well as in numerous galleries across the nor theast, She  has  received  residencies  at  the  Ballinglen  Foundation, Ucross, Yaddo, VCCA, Hambidge, Stonehouse, and Studio in the Woods. Recently, she curated the city-wide public ar t project IMPRINT for The Print Center funded by PEI.

Curran lives and works in Philadelphia.This is her second exhibition with Saver y Galler y.

For media/press inquiries, please contact Savery Gallery at 267-687-7769 or by emailing: gallery@saverygallery.com

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