I am very pleased to announce that a selection of my work will be on view at Soprafina Gallery in Boston, MA in April, and delighted that I am showing with my good friend, London-based artist Anne Krinsky, whose work I respect and admire.
Vis a Vis: Adria Arch and Anne Krinsky, will be on view at Soprafina Gallery in Boston from April 1 to 30, 2016. The show features works informed by the Indian folk traditions the artists encountered during residencies at the Sanskriti Foundation in Delhi in 2014. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm
Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, April 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 450 Harrison Ave., Boston
We'll be presenting a gallery talk at 2 pm on Saturday, April 2.
|Adria Arch, Stretch, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 48"|
In January 2014, Adria Arch and Anne Krinsky were International Artists-in-Residence at the SanskritiFoundation in Delhi, an educational center dedicated to the preservation and understanding of folk art traditions of India. While in Delhi and during travels in Rajasthan, Arch and Krinsky explored aspects of traditional Indian textiles, papermaking, puppetry and dance. The works to be exhibited at Soprafina grew out of their visual research -- a journey that took both artists to new places in their individual practices.
The ornate and striking leather shadow puppets depicting characters from Hindu mythology provide inspiration for Arch’s work. Beginning with acrylic paint poured onto Mylar, a surface not unlike the translucent parchment used to make the puppets, she cuts around the most evocative shapes and then adheres them to her surfaces. From that point, the paint spills begin to suggest a narrative that Arch enhances with flat shapes of high key color or other design elements drawn from her observations of India.
|Adria Arch, Action Verb 12, acrylic on Mylar and panel, 16" x 16"|
The colors, patterns and techniques of traditional textiles, particularly Phulkari embroideries from the Punjab, are a starting point for Krinsky’s India-inspired works. The diagonal grids, diamond patterns and brilliant marigolds and reds that characterize these textiles animate her paintings on Khadi papers and on panel. Interested both in the geometric regularity of repeated pattern and in its disruption, Krinsky uses acrylic molding pastes, pumice gels and absorbent grounds to create weathered surfaces over which networks of floating lines detour in unanticipated directions.
|Anne Krinsky, Lac, acrylic on paper on panel, 24" x 24"|