"Zen & the Art of Women" Opens at The White Room Gallery

April 4 - 27, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 5 to 7  p.m.

The White Room Gallery is located at 2415 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

 

The White Room Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition that showcases the four winners of the gallery's Online Juried Show titled "Zen & the Art of?" With an onslaught of entries and all four winners being female it was easy, and quite exciting to answer the question with......"Zen & the Art of Women."

"Zen & the Art of Women" features the work of Joanne Handler, Nella Lush, Oz Van Rosen and Adele Venter. An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. with the artists expected to attend. The show has been extended to remain on view through April 27, 2019.

"Our intent, in the concept, was to witness Zen through Art," explains gallery Co-Owners & Co-Directors Andrea McCafferty and Kat O'Neill. "Four diverse female artists depict their own unique state of calm. Whether by the use of color, pattern, texture or subject each portrays Zen in an effortless manner by intuition and/or conscious effort. Abstract meets figurative. Oils. Glitch. Narrative. Vibrant to muted hues. After curating for countless hours it culminated in the celebration of the female spirit. Throw in much needed vino and we were in the Zen. Namaste."

Continue reading to discover the art and the artists of "Zen & the Art of Women."

JOANNE HANDLER

Joanne attended the University of Pennsylvania where she studied as a photographer. She established a professional practice in studio photography in 2001, while her personal work began to explore the language of abstraction. Four years ago, this continued exploration inspired a transition into painting. Handler enrolled at The Art Students League of New York, where she studied with Peter Golfonopoulos for three years. She is currently studying under James Little.

Handler employs vibrant color and frenzied, gestural brushstrokes as a declaration of confidence and determination. Her layered compositions are built through the process of painting- embracing the accident and striving to create images that reflect the exhilaration and unbridled energy with which she moves through life.

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"Dazed and Confused" by Joanne Handler. Mixed Media, 24 x 24 inches. Courtesy of The White Room Gallery.

"Dazed and Confused" by Joanne Handler. Mixed Media, 24 x 24 inches. Courtesy of The White Room Gallery.

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NELLA LUSH

Nella was born, raised and educated in Italy in a family with a long heritage of visual artists, musicians and poets. She studied art history and foreign languages, she speaks five languages. She is a full time artist with a studio in North Andover, MA and 450 Harrison Ave, Boston.

Her art is a constant exploration of the relationship between man and its history and becomes a spiritual and intimate journey. With intuition and experience and never following a formula she brings together the alchemy of materials, classical forms and the appearance of centuries of aging in all of her paintings, whether is an abstract, a fresco, a floral, a figurative or even her mixed media on paper. Nella works in series and mainly with oils and uses cold wax as a medium often adding marble dust and pumice to create more texture and depth.

She is very active in the art communities and an avid volunteer of many organizations. She served for two terms as the President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Women Artists, NYC and is a board member of the Rockport Art Association and Museum and the founder of the Experimental Group of RAA, whose mission is to foster, promote and encourage self expression by giving the opportunity to artists to come together, to explore and share ideas towards the creative freedom.

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"O.F XII" by Nella Lush. Mixed Media, 48 x 48 inches. Courtesy of The White Room Gallery.

"O.F XII" by Nella Lush. Mixed Media, 48 x 48 inches. Courtesy of The White Room Gallery.

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OZ VAN ROSEN

Oz uses intense color as a means of expression. Rather than focusing on the subject matter, she relies on deep saturated colors to project the emotional content in her works and to elicit that same response from her audience.

Photography is her medium but it isn’t used to record a moment in time. Rather, she manipulates the underlying technology to behave as a paintbrush, thus pushing the boundaries of photography into new visual possibilities.

Her current work is part of the Glitch art movement- which is defined as randomly corrupting, bending and destroying data in an image to create an unpredictable aesthetic. The experimental nature of Glitch enables her to create completely unique images that defer to the whim of technology. She describes her work as “Abstract Techspressionism”.

Oz studied art at the New York School of the Arts but photography has always been her primary passion and a self-taught hobby. She made her career in Marketing and Healthcare, but recently took on art full time, after her father’s passing. Her art has been influenced by all the places she has lived in: Europe, Canada, the US and the Middle East as well as by all the people she has loved.

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"A Brighter Progression" by Oz Van Rosen. Photograph, 34 x 46 inches. Courtesy of The White Room Gallery.

"A Brighter Progression" by Oz Van Rosen. Photograph, 34 x 46 inches. Courtesy of The White Room Gallery.

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ADELE VENTER

Adele Venter obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with a major in sculpture at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She completed a photography course at Sait in Calgary, Canada which became her medium of choice.

Her artwork reflects her sculptural background, using three-dimensional miniature objects to build narrative landscapes. These miniatures are then photographed where three dimensions are translated into two.

The artist explains: “Landscapes are a very traditional subject matter and have been painted in oils and watercolours in both the Western and Eastern world. Urban as well as rural landscapes are now a well-known subject for photographers. Conventional landscapes evoke images of three dimensionality – forests, mountains, sky and valleys. Flat art is a minimalistic style which uses limited elements and excludes complexity.

"Combining the two styles I have created landscapes where narratives unfold upon contemplation. People and patterns that they form in social and private places interplay with the backdrops in which these interactions take place. People form circles in their private environment, closed circles outside of circles. In public spaces they become aware of the space that they need between each other.

The landscapes are rich in colour and pattern but are flat in design. The people remain three dimensional and form part of the landscape but remain removed and slightly detached from the world they inhabit. Atmosphere and lighting are created in the studio generating the shadows that connect people with their environment."

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"Marooned" by Adele Venter. Photograph, 17 x 21 inches. Courtesy of The White Room Gallery.

"Marooned" by Adele Venter. Photograph, 17 x 21 inches. Courtesy of The White Room Gallery.

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BASIC FACTS: "Zen & the Art of Women," exhibiting four winners of the gallery's Online Juried Show titled "Zen & the Art of?", will be on view April 4 to April 27, 2019 at The White Room Gallery, 2415 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY 11932. An Opening Reception takes place on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. www.thewhiteroomgallery.

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