New works by Marcy Rosenblat
May 6, 2017 – May 31, 2017
First Saturday Gallery Crawl: May 6, 2017; 6-9pm
Blend Studio will be hosting new work by Marcy Rosenblat during the month of May. The artist will be available on the opening night of the First Saturday Art Crawl.
With this new show of work, Brooklyn-based artist Marcy Rosenblat continues her inquiry into femininity; abstraction and representation.
At first glance, Rosenblat’s paintings appear abstract, with saturated color combinations that seem artificially achieved. Look again, and a rich dimensionality begins to take shape: façades of brightly colored lace patterns obscure forms that suggest anything from a girl’s dress to a bending knee.
The paintings are partly influenced by ancient Greek artifacts, which Rosenblat photographed on a recent trip to the island of Delos, a major archeological site. In Greek mythology, Delos is known as the island where leto gave birth to Artemis, goddess of the hunt. “I’ve always been intrigued by the strength and grace of the draping, folding cloth on statues of deities.”
Lace patterns and references to the robes of Greek goddesses have the potential to feel nostalgic, but there’s nothing backward looking here. Instead, the work introduces a fresh synthesis of layered paint and obscured imagery where floral patterns look like pixels. An abstract form recalls a skirt. The confectionary color sprayed on the surface without the touch of brush is tough and flat—never sweet.
Rosenblat’s cleverly playful work demands not just to be seen, but to be seen through. The paintings refuse to visually coalesce. Rather, they remain enigmatic Just as the artist uses fabric to mediate between color and canvas; the viewer is left yearning, engaged in the act of bringing something into view.
Marcy Rosenblat was born in Chicago Illinois and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her B.F.A. from Kansas City Art Institute and her M.F. A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Exhibitions include: Fordham University, The Rawls Museum, Galerie Berlin am Meer, Smith College, Oresmon Gallery, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kouros Gallery, Salisbury University, Frumkin Gallery, Centtoto and BCBArt and has a show opening at Novado Gallery may 12, 2017. Ms. Rosenblat is currently an Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts at The Fashion Institute of Technology.