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Art Center Show Bridges Natural and Constructed Space and East/West--Through December 22

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Phyllis Cohen Stevens
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Maria Matteo
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(718) 997-5593

GEOFFREY DETRANI AND JACEK MACZYNSKI: RECENT WORK

--Multimedia Works Bridge Natural and Constructed Space
and East/West Environments--

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, November 2 - Friday, December 22, 2006
Where: The Queens College Art Center
(part of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts)
6th floor, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library
Queens College
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY
Gallery Talk and Reception: Thursday, November 2, 2006, 5 - 6 pm
Reception, 6 - 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 9 am - 8 pm
Fridays, 9 am - 5 pm
(Closed November 23, 24)
Gallery Contacts: For more info: (718) 997-3770
www.qc.cuny.edu/Library/art/artcenter.html
Fee: Free and open to the public

FLUSHING, NY, October 30, 2006 – Geoffrey Detrani and Jacek Maczynski, two contemporary New York-based artists, will show their recent multimedia works in an exhibition at the Queens College Art Center beginning Thursday, November 2. On that day, the public is invited to a free gallery talk by the artists from 5 to 6 pm, followed by a reception to 8 pm.

In their pictorial language, each artist bridges diverse environments. Detrani creates an uneasy interaction between “natural” and constructed space, and Maczynski connects the meditative experiences of the Western and Eastern traditions.

Fits and Starts

Geoffrey Detrani creates works that conjoin images of reconfigured botanical or landscape imagery, with symbols such as insignias and flags, in a re-contextualized pictorial space.

By creating an uneasy interaction between the psychological imperatives of our natural and constructed environments, his work challenges the viewer’s perceptions. Of his recent work, Detrani says that it:

...evokes landscape as a primary form, without the bracketing context of naturalism or illusion…The central theme of my work is the subjective perception of place, both physical and existential, and the relative sense of isolation of the subject from his/her surroundings.

A visual artist and writer, Detrani is a graduate of SUNY-New Paltz (BA in philosophy, MFA 1996). His work has been exhibited in Boston, Los Angeles, and New York, including at the former World Trade Center, where he was an artist in residence, and at the Bronx Museum of Art. His artist’s books are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and his paintings are in public and private collections. Detrani’s creative writing has appeared in many literary magazines, including New Orleans Review, New Delta Review, Columbia Review, Epiphany, Fence, and Massachusetts Review. He has received grants, residencies and other support from such institutions as the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Brooklyn Council for the Arts, the Helen Wurlitzer Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Polish-born artist Jacek Maczynski responds in his work to the cultural diversity of New York City, his adoptive home. Interest in Asian calligraphy and ancient Chinese ink plum painting has led him to experiment with their pictorial idioms and to establish a cross-cultural artistic dialog. He accomplishes this, he explains, by translating Catholicism’s contemplative tradition into the spiritual exercise of Zen Buddhism--in work that is decidedly contemporary and urban.

Describing his work, Maczynski writes: “Using an egg tempera and oil in a monochromatic manner, I make a reference to sacral art of medieval Europe as well as to Asian calligraphy and its meditative ascetic quality…” Using the abstract, geometric motifs of minimalism, which he considers “the most profound of artistic movements in contemporary art,” he “brings these three forms of spiritual utterance together to create a cross-cultural meditative pictorial language [that evokes] a concept of sacrum in Western and Eastern tradition.”

Maczynski, a visual artist and creator of short films, received his diploma from the College of Photography and Audio-Visual Techniques in Warsaw, Poland. He also studied drawing and painting, which soon became his primary medium. Since 1990 he has worked and lived in the United States--first in the South and, since 1993, in New York. Maczynski’s works have been exhibited in Germany, Poland, and throughout the United States. His short films have been shown at the Galapagos Art and Performance Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and will screen at Anthology Film Archives in November. He has received grants and residencies from the Helen Wurlitzer Foundation, the Manhattan Graphics Center, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Abraham Lubelski Gallery in New York.

Photographs as well as biographical and sales information are available upon request.

Visitors to the Geoffrey Detrani and Jacek Maczynski exhibit may also want to see the POPSTARS! exhibit at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum on campus (through December 14). For information, please visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/godwin_ternbach.

For directions to Queens College, please visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions


 
 

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