Selected works of Dorothea Osborn will be on exhibition at Green Kill from March 2 , 2019 until March 30, 2019 along with works by four other artists including Deirdre Day, Giancarlo Fellippi, Nina Kossman, and Sparrow.
Best hours to view this exhibition are 3-6 PM Tuesday-Saturday.
The opening celebration will be on Saturday, March 2 from 5-7 PM. Please join these five unique artists.
About Dorothea Osborn
Abstraction and representation compete for dominance in work where I explore the interrelationship between invention and memory of real life (experiences, landscapes, nature, literature, the Anthropocene).
In my work the pictorial subject and surface of the painting become energized realms for negotiation, composition, and harmony, where tension and impression of the image is essentially the critical purpose of the piece. Interwoven abstraction and representation, depth and surface, micro and macro, mark making and rendered objects, the works manifest my interest in the process of painting to create a hybrid state of tension, capturing an essence of time, through initiation and destruction, just as in the Anthropocene.
Pushing the boundaries of painting by using, sometimes, unconventional materials and working the representation/abstraction through multiple phases of creation and destruction, (sometimes, close to obliteration), creates a tension. Into this I enter notions about dichotomies (thus, tensions) between the physical world and the transcendent realm: materialism versus non-material; representation versus abstraction; humor versus solemnity.
Picasso said that no art is truly abstract because the artist always starts from something. The generation of imagery is added to, subtracted, and/or eradicated in a painterly language, both with a conscious and intuitive flow of materials and via a conscious level of semiotics. Some of the altered relationships are formalist structures. The formal elements are those, when transformed, evolve as signifiers in my work. The application, variety, and reworking of materials is crucial. It is multifarious, leading to visible transparency and multiple layers. Layers of depth to impasto to specified detailed surface.
My current work is not based on a single motif but on a variety of contemporary issues. My work is process, action, and associative reference where experiences, intellect, intuition, and perception negotiate, compose, and harmonize.
Dorothea Osborn is an acclaimed visual artist, based in NY. She received her MFA in painting from The State University of New York at New Paltz. After travelling around Europe and frequent visits to New Mexico, her work transformed from representational to abstract and the tension between representation and abstraction; The liminal. Her work primarily focuses on drawing and painting with an intense interest in oils, pastels, and mixed media. Her work is of process, action, and associative reference where experiences, spirituality, science and perception negotiate, compose, and harmonize. She exhibits work locally and nationally, in Universities and Colleges. She has been the recipient of many “best of” awards in a variety of exhibits. Collectors have been acquiring her work from Seattle to Korea. She has taught Painting at the State University of NY at New Paltz to both Undergraduate and Graduate students and has also taught in Public schools, workshops, Arts councils and in Ghost Ranch, NM. Her web site is http://www.dorotheaosborn.com