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All-Media Exhibit - Sept 2008

September 2008

All-Media Membership Show
September 4 – October 6, 2008

 



Award(s):  The Shana Heisman Simkin Award, and Honorable Mention Awards.

Show Info: Opening Reception, Thursday, September 11, 6:30–8:00 pm, in the gallery.  Awards presented at 7:00 pm.


629 entered, 129 accepted

 

Juror's Statement:

with Erica Fortwengler

 

While jurying a show, Joseph Di Bella must instantaneously determine, “what was the artist’s idiom, intent? How virtuous was the artist in executing their vision?”  He has to consider each piece within its' own language.

 

“I examine the artist’s stylistic approach and concept.  How successful were they with working the medium?  Was what was attempted to be conveyed thematically successful?  I have to look at each piece and how the artist thought it through as a convincing statement.”

 

 

“The work I found was among the strongest I have ever seen at The Art League.  The photography was the strongest I have ever seen here.  There were some exquisite figure drawings and paintings.  And as usual, I found some very sophisticated abstractions.” 

 

Di Bella was also quite impressed with the illusionistic and trompe l’oeil paintings submitted.  “This kind of work requires a different sensibility all together.  A lot of time, care, expertise and skill are required by the artist.  In many works, the paint has been transformed into two completely different materials.”  For example, in Teresa Oaxaca’s “Cauliflower,” “the artist managed to use the same paint color to create the onion and the cloth.  Just remarkable.”

 

 

Some of the pieces that were not accepted needed to be further investigated.  Artists need to be critical of every area and element of their work.  “Explore dynamics, color, composition – be objective.  Become familiar with and explore your materials,” encourages Di Bella. 

 

 

Jan Sherfy’s “You Decide,” captured best in show.  “The artist demonstrates great sensitivity in terms of proportion and balance, which infiltrates the entire composition.  There is a balance of dark and light, warm and reduced temperatures, and organic and linear shapes and lines.  The divisions, quadrants in the composition have created this wonderful tension.  There are no boring areas of this piece.” 

 

Di Bella awarded an Honorable Mention to “Prayer Flags,” a silver gelatin print by Alain Debrabant.  “The artist showed such sensitivity.  Of all the possible options, perspectives, he chose the best one.  The lines, the tones, the repeating shapes – this piece really works.”  “Cameron Street Boulevard,” by Suzanne Vigil was also awarded an Honorable Mention.  “The dichotomies that occur within this piece – the organic movement of the figures contrasted with the angularity of the negative space and the contrasting warm and cool colors make this painting intriguing.  The multiple light sources, tonality, color, and shadows all really work to make this a successful piece.”

 

Distinguished Professor of Art, Di Bella has taught at the University of Mary Washington since 1977, where he received the Simpson Award for Excellence in Teaching. He received his M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Painting from Northern Illinois University.  In addition to teaching, Di Bella served as the Director of the University of Mary Washington Galleries (1983-1988) and was instrumental in the establishment of the Ridderhof Martin Gallery. He has exhibited his own work at the Phoenix Gallery in New York City and is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.

 

Sample Work:

 

 

          

         

         

  

To view all of the images from the show, please click here.

 

 

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