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Writing the Body: New Work by Naomi Grossman Explores the Human Form in Wire Drawings and Paper Mixed Media

-- Queens Artist’s Work Speaks to the Fragility and Resilience of Living in
the 21st Century;
On Exhibition at Queens College Art Center November 5 - February 17 --

Exhibition Dates:   Thursday, November 5 - Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday - Friday, 1 pm - 5 pm for the month of January 2010   
Where:    The Queens College Art Center
(partner of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts)
6th floor, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing
Artist’s Talk and Reception:    
Thursday, November 5, 5-8 pm; Artist’s Talk 6-7 pm
Gallery Hours:     Monday – Friday, 1 pm – 5 pm for the month of January 2010
Closed on holidays. Open December 22-23, 9 am–5  pm.
Gallery Contacts:    For more info: (718) 997-3770                                             
Fee:    Free and open to the public 


FLUSHING, NY, November 2, 2009 Writing the Body, an exhibition of new work by the Queens artist Naomi Grossman, will be on display at the Queens College Art Center from Thursday, November 5 through Wednesday, February 17, 2010. On Thursday, November 5, the artist will present a free gallery talk from 6 to 7 pm. A reception will take place from 5 to 6 pm and 7 to 8 pm. For information on additional events to be scheduled, please visit
Writing the Body: New Work by Naomi Grossman
welcomes the return of a Queens College alumna, whose art was previously shown in the Art Center’s group exhibitions Greenbriar Workshop: Recent Works (1992-93) and The Five Minute Challenge: Six Explore the Human Form (1998-99). Writing the Body presents an extensive range of Grossman’s exploration of drawing in two as well as three dimensions. Wire sculptures that reference the human form function as drawings in space and frequently become parts of installations. Highly expressive drawings on paper and in mixed media combine a calligraphic line with painterly figuration to suggest deeply personal statements. Cropped nude photographs inquire into intriguing relationships between the visual expression of the human form and its multilayered meanings.




Creating wire sculptures of female figures, with words as part of their tensile “skin,” Grossman invites the viewer to respond to their relevant messages, relate to their vulnerability and strength, and address the dynamics of human relationships. Deeply sensitive to the language of her medium, she uses it to probe how language, written and visual, describes as well as defines identity. Using charcoal, wax, and photography, in addition to wire, Grossman explores the very personal themes of our public lives: power, control, communication, and finding an authentic voice. Both her wire sculptures—a figure falling through space, female torsos revealing secret thoughts and fears, chairs with the imprint of their last occupant hanging ghostlike in air—and works on paper are marked by an insistence bordering on creative obsession as they show, as Grossman says, “people revealing their fragility and anxiety in our 21st century.” 
Naomi Grossman, who has a studio in Long Island City, holds a BA from Queens College and an MFA from New York University. She has exhibited widely. In New York City, her work has been displayed most recently at UBS Art Gallery, Lana Santorelli Gallery, Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, Phoenix Gallery, Cooper Union Gallery, NAWA Fifth Avenue Gallery, 928 Gallery, White Box, and Queensborough Community College Art Gallery. On Long Island, she has participated in shows at  Suffolk and Nassau Community Colleges; Stony Brook University; Parrish Art Museum; Islip Art Museum; Heckscher Museum; East End Arts Council; Freeport Arts Council; Alpan Gallery, Huntington; Graphic Eye Gallery, Port Washington; and Omni Gallery, Uniondale.

In addition, Grossman has had one-person shows at the Phillips Museum of Art of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, and domogallery in Summit, NJ. She was a fellow at both Ragdale and Hambidge Artist Residencies in the last year, and a recipient of Strategic Opportunity Stipend (SOS) grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Photographs, as well as biographical and sales information, are available upon request. 
For directions to Queens College, please visit For a campus map, go to (Rosenthal Library/Art Center).

The Queens College Art Center, founded in 1987, succeeds the Queens College Art Library Gallery established in 1960. In more than 200 exhibitions to date, the Art Center has shown masters like Alice Neel, Joseph Cornell, and Elizabeth Catlett, and introduced scores of artists from around the globe. Focusing on modern and contemporary programming expressive of the best art of our time, this display space presents the works of emerging and established artists in diverse media. Art Center exhibitions support the educational and cultural objectives of Queens College. The shared goal of the Queens College Art Center and of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College is to provide the means for participating in and upholding a democratic society through learning, adaptation, and critical thinking.
























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