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Nine national and international artists exhibit works on paper at Pentimenti Gallery
Rusty Scruby, That's Radicchio, 12.5 x 11.5 x 2 inches / 31.7 x 29.7 cm, hand-painted acrylic on paper construction, 2015.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Pentimenti Gallery is presenting Carte Blanche: Works on Paper, a new group exhibition.

Nine national and international artists have been selected representing drawing and mixed media works, all of which make use of paper. Utilizing the color white as a dominate element in the works, the content pulls from a vast and harmoniously varied understanding of the physicality of the world around, and the physiological space inside us.

Rooted in the concept of systems theory, Natalie’s work explores the relationships which develop between species in biodiverse ecosystems and how those relationships are mirrored in the urban environment. Specifically, she explores how both natural and urban systems are affected by external stressors such as climate change, loss of habitat and loss of bio-diversity.

Abrams’ artwork has been exhibited nationally with upcoming exhibitions at The Dairy Center for the Arts and the Gallery at R&F Paints. Previous exhibitions include solo and group shows at Redux Contemporary Art Center, City Ice Arts, as well as Boston Center for the Arts, Endicott College and Artspace Raleigh. She’s also participated in residencies at Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Redux, Escape to Create and McColl Center for Art and Innovation.

Working from relationships observed in his day-to-day, Matt finds his work in an interaction between two people, discarded objects on the street, or the spill of light on the ground. Using painting and drawing as a way to speak to the these relationships, a language of geometric abstraction and considered mark making emerges.

Chapman studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia (MFA) as well as Lancaster’s Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (BFA). He has exhibited at: The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building at PAFA, Philadelphia PA. Rothus Halle, Solothurn, Switzerland. The Ware Center for Visual and Performing Arts at Millersville University, Lancaster PA. Sunshine Art + Design, Lancaster PA.

Nature’s ever-changing, limitless forms and colors inspire Marion to let her fantasies take over in which she allows the world to become a peaceful, harmonious and colorful place. These fantasies are reflected in her paintings to convey positive energy and spiritual freedom. Colors and rhythmic shapes become the theme. Each shape, regardless of its position or size on the paper, has an enormous, disproportionate influence on the whole thus becoming a metaphor for the ultimate realities of a metaphysical world.

Marion Di Quinzio was born in the Netherlands. After high school, she moved to the USA where she earned a B.S. from Carnegie-Mellon University and a M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. She has lived and worked in six countries: the Netherlands, Venezuela, the USA, Germany, Suriname, and Hungary. Exhibitions include: Bluestone Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Fix & Weyer, Berlin, Germany and Midbrook, Den Helder, The Netherlands. She is also included in the following collections: PNC Headquarters Pittsburgh, PA; The McDonalds Foundation, as well as other private collections in Germany, USA and the Netherlands.

Marietta Hoferer creates grid-like formations and abstract compositions with faint pencil and lines of transparent tape, inspired by the rhythms of architecture and weaving. Although subtle, the linear bands and geometric patterning, reveal a luminous surface that changes with the light and differing vantage points.

Hoferer has obtained her MFA from Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Germany, her BFA at Hunter College in New York and studied at St. Martins School of Art and Design in London, England. Selected exhibitions include: Pro Arte, Ulmer Kunststiftung, Ulm, Germany; Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD, and many others. Awards and Grants include: Dora Maar House, Menerbes, France; Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Fellowship; New York Foundation for the Arts, Individual Artists Fellowship; Robert Rauschenberg Fellowship, and others. Marietta is also included in the following collections: Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD; Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA; Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA; Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX as well as many others.

Gehry Kohler’s works addresses a process of building heavy layers of pencil, ballpoint and pastel; then removing, erasing and rebuilding as the drawings develop through buffing and surface abrasion. One of the essential aspects is to take everything into consideration; build as far as you can, reduce and re-build again. The repetitive process of this work can involve several years of work on one drawing.

He received his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 1990 and received his MFA at Alfred University in 1992. Selected exhibitions include the Mulvane Art Museum, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Salina Art Center, Pentimenti Gallery, SPACES, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Pyramid Arts Center, Dolphin, Byron Cohen and most recently at City Ice Gallery. His work is included in several corporate, museum and private collections.

Lindberg’s drawings inhabit a non-verbal place resonant with such primal human conditions. Systemic and non-representational, these works are subtle, rhythmic, abstract, and immersive. Finding beauty and disturbance through shifts in tool, layering and material to create passages of tone, density, speed, path and frequency within a system. She frequently returns to subtle distinctions between drawing as noun and verb as a long held focus in her studio practice.

Lindberg has her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and her BFA from Miami University. Her work has been in solo and group exhibitions at such places as The Drawing Center (NYC), Tegnerforbundet (Norway), SESC Bom Retiro (Sao Paulo), Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit Institute of Art, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, among many others. Her work is held in collections of the Nevada Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Spencer Museum of Art, Collection of Howard & Cindy Rachofsky, and others. Anne is the recipient of awards including a 2011 Painters & Sculptors Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, a Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship, two ArtsKC Fund Inspiration Grants, a Lighton International Artists Exchange Grant, the Art Omi International Artists Residency, an American Institute of Architects Allied Arts and Crafts Award, and a Mid-America National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

The “World We Live In” is an ongoing series now numbering over 250 pages. Assembled from found material and photos, it forms the backbone of his practice, which extends to sculpture and installation. Begun merely as a way to collect and catalog source material, the project has taken on a life of its own, developing into an interlay of information while masquerading as traditional picture space. The name of the series is taken from a 1960’s reference book published by Time Life. With its all-encompassing title, the original publication presented itself as an illustrated compendium of the physical world, as it was understood at that particular time.

Matthew attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2000, acquired his MFA in Painting and Drawing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999, and his BA in Studio Art at Boston College in 1997. He has be included in solo and group exhibitions internationally in Germany, Ireland, France, and the United States. Matthew has also received many awards, fellowships, and grants including the The MacDowell Colony and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, and can be found in the following collections: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution; Weill Cornell Medical Center; The Palmer Museum, Pennsylvania State University and The Norton Family Foundation.

The underlying mathematical element of Rusty Scruby’s work harmoniously weaves its way to a surface of lyrical imagery, often referring a love of nature developed in his formative years on the island of Kwajalein. Natural transitions such as sunset, tide and flora, and various opposing relationships such as pattern, chaos, memory, present, and focus, abstraction all lend themselves to Scruby’s poetic compositions.

Rusty has exhibited widely in the United States, Texas, New Mexico, California, New York, Miami, and many others. He has been the recipient of the NEA Grant by the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, the Citation 2000, TVAA, Best of Show Award, and the Dove Lewis Fundraiser, Artists’ Choice Award. Rusty’s work can be found in the following collections: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, The Art Museum of Southeast Texas, and the Microsoft Corporation, along with many others.

A constant element of Hadieh Shafie's work has been the significance of process, repetition and time. After every step she takes when creating her work an interesting tension arises between control and spontaneity. In her works on paper she has hand-written “Eshgh” (Love/Passion) Farsi text. Writing on the paper is like making notes on the pages of a printed book to emphasize certain passages that have a deeper resonance for the reader.

Shafie holds a MFA in imaging and digital art from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a MFA in painting from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Shafie has been the recipient of grants from the Kress Foundation, RTKL and MSAC Individual Artist Grant (2010 and 2008) and the Mary Sawyers Baker awards from the William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund (2009) and Franz and Virginia Bader Fund (2011) and shortlisted for the Jameel Prize (2011). Most recently, Shafie was the recipient of the 2012 Space Program by The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation.

Shafie's work has been included in a number of exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including: The Jameel Prize traveling exhibition presented at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris; Casa Arabe, Madrid; Cantor Arts Centre, Stanford University; and the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas. Shafie's work is also in the following public collections: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; British Museum, London, UK; The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Winter Park, FL; Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Farjam Collecton, Dubai, UAE; Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

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