Laini Nemett &
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020
ALL DAY – 10AM – 7PM
LAINI NEMETT – Paintings
My work responds to the lived, remembered, and imagined histories that emerge from aging buildings, ancient dwellings, and new constructions. The paintings in this exhibit draw from experiences in Africa, France, Maryland, and Wyoming, and were inspired in particular by São Tomé e Príncipe, a small island country off the west coast of Africa where I painted throughout one summer. Many homes were pieced together with found materials, each colorful house a collage that showcased the personality of the family that lived there. After São Tomé, I began to build small cardboard models of collaged photographs as reference for large-scale oil paintings with collapsed planes and shifted perspectives, spaces at once believable and impossible. Without painted figures in my compositions, the viewer becomes the inhabitant, or pathfinder, and can create a more personal relationship to how others may live in, move through, and sometimes abandon, these shelters. Composite architectural details allude to disparate stories between walls, as moments in time and place fuse into one.
LISA FREDENTHAL-LEE – Security Envelope Collages
Scissors were my first tool. Paper and paste my first materials. In development for 6 years, my current work is a return to a beginning. With a lifelong love, and respect for castoff materials, I am inspired by this common throwaway. The envelope.
At a glance my pictures may read as something they are not. Assembled from the printed interiors of envelopes cut, snipped, torn and pasted. These works defy their origins.
Educated as both a painter and printmaker in search of the immediate, I learned to paint in black and white. Printmaking gave me my love for texture and the black etched line. A finite palette is part of my identity.
Collage as a medium is limitless. Envelopes rescued from trash cans world over, offer up an array of patterns and colors from which to build. My subject matter is a result of discovery and memory. This is no side show, but a pinnacle involving everything I have learnt how to do.
Perhaps this is the reason for sure, unreserved commitment. We live in a wasteful society. Art brings joy to the beholder and art is also a teacher. The use of alternative materials is exciting and important. Since the invention of this new medium, I have enlightened many to look at their mail differently.