JENNIFER PRESANT & JUDITH S. MILLER

Reflections of Memory

October 13 - November 11, 2011

Times Square Winter Violet Glove

Judith S. Miller

Times Square Winter Violet Glove

2007

Oil on Panel

12 x 28 inches

Times Square Winter Red Lights

Judith S. Miller

Times Square Winter Red Lights

2007

Oil on Panel

30 x 40 inches

Times Square Winter Broadway at Night

Judith S. Miller

Times Square Winter Broadway at Night

2007

Oil on Panel

40 x 30 inches

Shelter

Jennifer Presant

Shelter

2011

Oil on Linen

15 x 27 inches

Retreat

Jennifer Presant

Retreat

2011

Oil on Linen

23 x 42 inches

Fall Away

Jennifer Presant

Fall Away

2009

Oil on Linen

23 x 42 inches

Press Release

BLANK SPACE is pleased to present a duo exhibition titled Reflections of Memory featuring the works of Judith S. Miller and Jennifer Presant. Using landscapes as a basis, Miller presents reality in a provocatively nuanced way while Presant explores the complexity of memory. Both creating unique perspectives on what a landscape can be and how it relates to the more profound meaning of each work.

 

Judith S. Miller focuses on what we look at everyday but don’t see. She seeks overlooked images and transforms them into landscape paintings that reveal nuances of meaning with visual surprises. Starting with photographs, then rearranging elements and illustrating this new image, Miller’s painting process builds up from an initial application of many, thin transparent layers of oil paint over an acrylic ground with most of her paint applied in small strokes with thin, soft brushes. This technique of “mark making” is a constant of her work.

 

The artist’s “Times Square Winter” series used composition, layered images and open areas of vibrating, swirling color which merge realism and abstraction. By looking down, we see the chaotic, dynamic nature of the area in an enhanced way.

Jennifer Presant merges layers of images in her landscapes, using architectural elements to frame and divide the spaces. The movement of the overlapping interiors and exteriors is meant to mimic the real-life experience of memory, both distorting and influencing the present, creating a psychological landscape or waking dream.

 

In paintings such as “Drift” and “Shelter” we are invited to environments with personal significance for Presant. Images that are dreamlike yet plausible enough to engage the viewer, leaving an open-ended narrative and piquing a feeling of voyeurism.

 

Educated at Otis Art Institute, Judith S. Miller has participated in great number of exhibitions for almost 40 years, and is featured in a number of collections including the Whitney Museum, Melva Bucksbaum & Raymond Learsy Collection (NYC), and Mellon Investor Services.

 

With an artistic training in figurative realism and a background in graphic design,  Jennifer Presant has presented in various solo and group exhitibions since 2002. She was selected as a Prince of Wales fellow (2002), has received a residency fellowship at Vermont Studio Center, and won first prize for the Summer Exhibition (2009).