Olivia Bonilla, Oi Fortin, Jenny Krauss, Janet Warner, and Dganit Zaubberman
Exhibition Located at Perspectives Gallery @ The Whitney Center
“Creating a world where color theory meets sculpture. My work explores personal nostalgia and indulgence through references to sweets, toy culture, and 80’s and 90’s retro flare. I’m interested in the idea of excess in today’s throwaway society. Using mediums such as sculpture and painting, I convey a “sugar coated” reality filled with over stimulation and re-appropriated ideas. Sprinkled pills, oversized diamonds, toys of an era, splashed with glitter and a wet gloss finish. My sculptures explore the feeling of a lustful existence and emotional desire, a combination of glutinous shinny landscapes who reveal childhood colors of cotton candy blue and bubble gum pink.”
Olivia Bonilla is an east coast painter and sculptor born in Vermont in 1992. She runs a studio practice out of Old Saybrook, CT. Bonilla received her BFA in painting, with a minor in sculpture, from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She has been a recipient of the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship along with the Chandler Scholarship in the years attending her BFA. Bonilla participates annually in curating a space at New Havens City Wide Open Studios. She has shown at the Affordable Art Fair NYC with current representation with Miller Gallery in Charleston South Carolina.
Oi Fortin is an award-winning monotype printmaker. Monotype-making has an element of serendipity and chance that occurs when ink and paper meet press. Oi’s compositions are influenced by nature, relationships and the interior life. Her contemporary abstract expressionist prints are notable for a vivid palette and soaring motifs, yet they can also invoke a calm and meditative state. Reviewers describe Oi’s work as “emotionally charged, allegorical,” and “vibrant.” Her work has been shown internationally and is in private and museum collections in several countries. Her studio, open to the public by appointment, is in Erector Square in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
“Each painting is an investigation - a mixing of materials to see what happens. The imagery emerges as a result of the technique. This lack of control is exciting and the element of surprise moves me forward. Most of the time nothing interesting happens so I find myself remaking the entire painting over and over and over…”
Jenny Krauss is a painter working out of New Haven, CT. After years of working day jobs to support her painting, she founded a textile design business. After almost twenty years away, she has stepped back from running her company and has now found time to resume painting. Krauss intentionally uses materials that don’t physically cohere: water-based paints on a non-porous surface. This process makes each of her painting’s an investigation - a mixing of materials to see what happens.
“I have been working on painting the city of New Haven from East Rock, and have done so by painting onsite and from memory in the studio. I recently started to break from the idea of what it looks like in life, and I am adding my own interpretation of the city into the paintings allowing for an investigation of mixing the real with the imagined. I have been exploring brush stroke style, color palette, and the size of the canvas all while keeping with the same subject of the city allowing for a deeper exploration of materials, and inventiveness.“
Janet Warner is an oil painter practicing out of East Haven, CT, and a new MFA graduate of Western Connecticut State University. Warner presently works as an art history professor at Gateway Community College, and recently completed ECOCA’s third annual summer residency program. Warner has been working on painting views of the cityscape of New Haven, implementing surrealist elements to detract from the literal realism of the landscapes. Warner adds her own interpretations of the city to allow for an investigation of combining the real with the imagined.
“A journey begins with just paint The paint inspires a process Which helps to create the space and the place: Both actual and imagined In the end, just the paint enhances the whole experience One can see, feel, and imagine all at once”
“Life experiences, memories, intuitive processes, and curiosity drive my work. In my work, I am searching for what is felt and is tangible, along with the intangible. On the canvas, pulling from a reservoir of life experiences, everyday life, memories, and imagination, I construct a “place” – a landscape that is mostly imagined. A fictional narrative is created, a realm that aims to present an idea composed of multiple layers, which focuses not only on the physical “being” of land, the form, texture, smell, and the process by which it forms, moves and erodes, but also on land as a source of emotional and psychological mood.”
As a native of Israel, Zauberman grew up in a Kibbutz, a cooperative community based on agriculture. She then moved with her husband to the US in 1992, to North Carolina, creating art as a self-taught artist. After earning her MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, she decided to devote herself to making art as an independent artist. In 2016, she moved to New Haven, Connecticut, and is back to solely making art in her studio.