K. Imperial Fine Art is pleased to present "Counter Clockwise", its second solo exhibition of the work of Deborah Dancy.
Deborah Dancy is a multi-media abstract artist whose paintings, drawings, digital photography and sculptural objects examine and mine abstraction’s potential to move across mediums and materials exploring subtly and confrontation. There is an undercurrent of nuance and tension that mark her work, as if something is poised to happen. In this new body of work, Dancy continues to seek out and push against the comfortable edge of abstraction. An almost minimalist approach delivers a range of unnerving but seductive marks. Jagged edge shapes awkwardly collide and color turns from serene to raw – almost toxic. The phrase, “counter clockwise”, indicates an incorrect direction, this is amply suggested in the ambiguous signs and shapes that signal something quixotic: a harbinger of things not quite right. In "Counter Clockwise", unnerving is the word of the day.
Deborah Dancy is Professor Emeritus of art at the University of Connecticut and had been on the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History since 1981. She has received numerous significant honors and awards, including: a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, New England Foundation for the Arts/NEA Individual Artist Grant, Nexus Press Artist Book Project Award, Visual Studies Artist Book Project Residency Grant, The American Antiquarian Society’s William Randolph Hearst Fellowship, a YADDO Fellow, Women’s Studio Workshop Residency Grant, Connecticut Commission of the Arts Artist Grant, as well as a Connecticut Book Award Illustration Nominee.
She has exhibited nationally and internationally at museums and institutions such as The Fuller Museum, The Housatonic Museum, The Mattatuck Museum, The College of Saint Rose, The University of Rhode Island, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The Spencer Museum, The Mead Art Museum, SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy, The US Embassy in Paris, and The DeCordova Museum. Her work is included in the collections of The Boston Museum of Fine, The Birmingham Museum of Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Montgomery Museum of Art, The Spencer Museum of Art, The Hunter Museum of Art, Vanderbilt University, Grinnell College, Oberlin College Museum of Art, Davidson Art Center, The Detroit Museum of Art, Wesleyan, Davidson Art Center, SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy, The Detroit Museum of Art, Wesleyan University, The Bellagio Hotel, and The United States Embassy in Cameroon.