This winter Pentimenti Gallery presents the work of three artists for the group exhibition It Doesn’t Look The Same Anymore.
This exhibition gives viewers an opportunity to explore our ever-changing environments, contemplate the perception we have of this realm, and reflect on the impact our individual interactions have upon the spaces we inhabit. Past and future become intertwined through these works, creating a viewing experience that centers us to the present moment.
Jason DeMarte’s work examines a cultural desire to idealize the natural world. By creating controlled and composed scenes, and “improving” the natural elements within these landscapes through manipulated lighting and photography, the work speaks to a societal obsession with beauty, perfection, and indulgence. Objects once found in nature are treated more like commercially produced and processed goods that are then “sweetened” with the juxtaposition of candies, syrup and bright colors to further indulge the senses, and satisfy a relentless craving for more.
Jason DeMarte received his BFA in Photography from Colorado State University and his MFA in Photography from the University of Oregon. His work has been exhibited at the Detroit Center of Contemporary Photography, Detroit, MI; Museum of Outdoor Arts, Denver, CO; University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Ft. Wayne Museum of Art, Ft. Wayne, IN; RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Denver, CO; Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX; Martin Museum of Art, Waco, TX; Newspace Center for Contemporary Photography, Portland, OR; Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS; Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA; among others. His works are included in the permanent collections of the Ft. Wayne Museum of Contemporary Art, Ft. Wayne, IN; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA, and Fort Collins Colorado Historical Museum, Fort Collins, CO.
Lindsey Landfried creates works on paper composed of dense nets of loop-like marks made with everyday tools, such as pens, and acrylic paint on top of atmospheric scenes of UV sensitive paint. The accumulation of these incessant, mechanical marks, act as screens or interferences that grid tranquil, dreamlike, airy mists of color residing behind them. At times the paper is folded, indicating where the paper has lived, traveled, or aged. Landfried says of the work, “The drawings are an environment of uninterrupted stimulation, a mass amnesia of marks, courting the awe and reductive capacity of space exploration and interplanetary infatuation.”
Lindsey Landfried received her BFA and MFA in Painting & Drawing from The Pennsylvania State University. Her work has been exhibited at SPACE Gallery of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA; Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS; (SCENE) Metrospace, Michigan State University, MI; University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL; Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA; McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA; Hattiesburg Arts Council, Hattiesburg, MS; Space 4 Art, San Diego, CA. Landfried was a 2014-15 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner award and a 2013 fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for artistic practice. She has completed residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Takt Kunstraum Tapir Berlin, and winner of the 2015 jurors award at the UNC Asheville Works on Paper Biennial.
Rooted in the concept of home and acknowledgments of dislocation, Svalbonas’ work acts as a personal reflection, as well as an analytical view of the impact of architectural form and structure on the psychology of the human environment. Each piece is composed of photographs she took in three locations that she has called home: the New York metro area, rural Pennsylvania, and Chicago. These images, each a visual sketch of the character of the landscape at a particular moment in her history, are cut and reassembled in sets of three, creating a hybrid structure that reinterprets and reinvents the architecture, disrupting their previous sense of space, light, and direction.
Krista Svalbonas holds a BFA in Photography and Design from Syracuse University and an MFA from State University of New York at New Paltz. Her work has been exhibited at the Spartanburg Museum of Art, Sparanburg, SC; Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO; Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ; Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ; ISE Cultural Center, New York, NY; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY; Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL; Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL; Tubac Center For The Arts, Tubac, AZ. She is in the permanent collection of the Cesis Art Museum in Latvia. Svalbonas is a recipient of a Bemis Fellowship, and of residencies from Cooper Union, Vermont Studio Center, and the New Arts Program.