Art/Place artists explore world from inside out

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This mixed media piece, entitled ‘Nuclear Landscape,’ is by Dave Pressler, who’s artwork will be featured in the new ‘Internal External’ exhibit at the Art/Place. Diane Pollack’s artwork is also part of the exhibit.

“Internal External,” a new exhibit at Art/Place, features the vision and diverse multi-media work of artists Diane Pollack and Dave Pressler.

“Taking the perspective that we all view the world in unique ways, ‘Internal/External’ provides viewers with an opportunity to experience two very different artists’ expression of their worlds of interest and imagination, from the inside out,” Pressler said.

A public reception will be held Sunday, May 4, from 2 to 5 p.m. The artists will also discuss their work with gallery visitors on Thursday, June 19, from noon to 1 p.m.

The May 4 reception will include a live dance performance at 3 by two professional dancers, Jen Pollack of Fairfield and Apollonia Holzer of New York. According to Diane Pollack, their dances will be explorations of shapes entering and moving through space, reflecting the themes in her hand cut, stenciled monotypes.

Pollack’s work celebrates “the correlation between how the earth gives birth to forms of nature, just as women give birth.”

“I’m looking back to when agricultural societies recognized women as the personification of the energy that gives birth to forms,” she said. “Joseph Campbell, author of The Power of the Myth, links the image of Earth Mother to symbols of fertility and reproduction. My stencils derive from images of clay and stone objects dug up in Western Europe dating as early as 25,000 BC. These ancient vessels have inspired the abstract female shapes in my work.”

Pressler’s mixed media images are representative of his long-time interest in organic forms, which express the dynamic emergence of life, growth and beyond — from looking into the internal to discover the external. These large, colorful forms are from his “micro-painting” series.

The images were originally painted on 35 mm clear film using aniline dyes, graphite and India ink, while working on a light-box using a powerful magnifier and tiny brushes. His images are digitized at high resolution and printed at large scale.

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