The FPAC Gallery at 300 Summer Street Presents:
resa blatman / courtney jordan / lalie schewadron
April 23 - May 28, 2010
Reception with the Artists: Thursday, April 29th, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: "The Artist as Evolutionist & Futurist,"
Saturday, May 1st, 7pm
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survive. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change." -Charles Darwin
Sprawl is a mixed media exhibition of invented realities, alternative landscapes, and urban structures in various stages of evolution and decay. It investigates contemporary utopian visions of the natural, urban, and scientific, through the filter of art and technology. Past, present, and future collide in Sprawl, to reveal unexpected configurations and combinations of evolutionary possibility.
This exhibition features the work of Resa Blatman, Courtney Jordan, and Lalie Schewadron. Diversified in source material, media, and modes of representation, their independent approaches are bound by an exploration into the sprawling evolution of real and imagined spaces.
Resa Blatman's lavishly painted flora and fauna seduce the viewer with a bounty of feminine ripeness and sensuality. Life abounds in these imagined worlds, creating a picture of abundance and beauty mixed with dark undertones. To underscore the concept of lushness and sensuality, Blatman has broken out of the rectangular picture plane to make complex cut surfaces, and paintings that are untamed and growing out of control. Blatman received her MFA in painting from Boston University in 2006. She exhibits her work at museums and colleges throughout New England, and was a recent nominee for the Boston ICA James and Audrey Foster Prize. Resa is a part-time Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art. Please visit www.resablatman.com.
Courtney Jordan uses exploding and converging urban spaces, architecture, and infrastructure to re-imagine our human-built environment, where past and future coexist. She fragments architectural and industrial forms into multiple planes of space that seem as if propelled by the paradoxical energies of the contemporary world. Her structures exist in a precarious balance between their past origins and a seemingly possible evolutionary future. Jordan received her MFA in 2006 from the Maryland Institute College of Art's Hoffberger School of Painting. She is currently a part-time Professor at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA, and is represented by Irvine Contemporary in Washington, DC. Please visit www.courtneyjordan.net
Lalie Schewadron uses video and digital media to create representational models that speak of perpetual movement and unrestricted growth. Images from the natural world are broken down into small 'fractal units,' combined with video work, and then digitally programmed with shape algorithms and random scripts. These animated worlds exist in a constant state of regeneration and flux - a fragile equilibrium made of temporary encounters whose parts can evolve or decay at any moment in time. Schewadron received her MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins University of the Arts, London, following a Master of Science from Boston University. Born in Tel Aviv, she currently works in Boston and Lausanne, and is represented by Lucy Mackintosh Gallery. Please visit www.lalies.net.