PROXIMITY [prox·im·i·ty] nearness in space, time, or relationship.
This October the New Leaf Club hosted a group of nine artists. All of us Masters students from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). Having just completed our first summer in residency, we decided to come together and present a unique selection of works that reflect the our individual sensibilities as well as a shared learning experience.
Each artist selected several small pieces from the taxonomy process we undertook this summer to display alongside our larger finished works. The taxonomy process was pioneered by Astrid Bowlby an accomplished artist as well as the new low residency program head. Masters students are challenged to complete more than 100 images over the course of the eight-week summer session in addition to our regular studio and theory coursework. Each taxonomy group is a series of 10 or 20 images made in the same size and with the same technique. The process and proportion are left up to the artist to determine. The purpose of the assignment is to allow freedom of exploration as well as specialization; to open up new ways of thinking; or to hone in on one particular aspect of the artist’s process.
Artists include local teachers Tania O’Donnell, John Myers and Claudia Eckel, former M.D. and Maryland based artist Leslie Belloso, New York based artist Graham Preston, Virginia based artist Beverly Ryan, Puerto Rican artist Barbara Diaz-Tapia and local artist and former graphic designer Robyn Needelman. Painter, printmaker and former entrepreneur Elizabeth Ayerle of Fresh Ayer & Kat Bradley Accessories (Wayne, PA) is coordinating the show. Her prints will be featured in the café area along with her taxonomy works in the main gallery.
Show held at the New Leaf Club