NºBA Artspaces in Bala Cynwyd presents “CORE: Mat Tomezsko / Gregory Coates / Leora Brecher”
NºBA Artspaces announces its latest exhibition of paintings, sculptures, and assemblages by three contemporary artists.
Working in different mediums, all three artists in CORE use bold, elemental shapes – circles, squares, sharp angles, crosses – as the basis of their compositions. These shapes might be foundational, as with Gregory Coates’ minimalist circular and square panels; they might appear as content, as with Mat Tomezsko’s letters and numbers presented as abstracted shapes (X, O, N, W, 1); or they might serve as the literal core around which form grows, as in Leora Brecher’s earthenware bodies built from ringed coils that are joined together with sharp angles. Each of these artists also works with strong, simplified colors – primaries, blacks, and whites – that speak to the fundamental properties of their work.
Though their work shares formal relationships, each artist’s goals, inspirations, and final projects are quite distinct from one another. Coates’ assemblages incorporating unexpected materials such as feathers, textiles, and scrub brushes provide a subtle undercurrent of social implication. Manual labor, grief, and racial identity are quietly evoked in compositions that might at first appear as pure, minimalist abstraction, but emerge nonetheless from lived experience. Brecher is deeply influenced by forms and objects in the natural world – shells, pods, fossils, bones – as well as the human figure. She does not replicate these natural forms, but rather, alludes to and responds to them in her abstract sculptures that accentuate the inherent qualities of purity, simplicity, and grace. Tomezsko explores relationships between visual art and poetry in his layered and textured abstract paintings. From letters, words, and sentences to coherent bodies of written work, he deconstructs (and reconstructs) language in an exploration of how it carries meaning, both visually and conceptually.
The exhibition is currently on view, and will remain through Saturday, January 5, 2019.
Curated by Susanna W. Gold, Ph.D. Dr. Gold receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
All exhibition-related events are free and open to the public at NºBA Artspaces, 202 Bala Ave.,
Bala Cynwyd, PA, 19004. Open Thurs / Fri / Sat, 12-6pm, and by appointment. Hours may vary during the holiday season – please call for more information. Contact Susanna Gold, Curator, at 610-368-6927 or susannaWgold@gmail.com.