In Light of the Body:
Paintings and Photographs by Gwen Hardie & Regina DeLuise
June 2 –September 17, 2017
Receptions: Friday, June 2, 5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, September 14, 5-7 p.m.
These two artists, Gwen Hardie and Regina DeLuise, bring an unusually heightened attention to how light and shadow reveal the body within the physical world. The tenderness of the human experience has been an enduring and central subject in the photographs of Regina DeLuise. She works with film and a large format 8 x 10 camera, which requires a collaborative and sympathetic engagement between herself and her subject. Her photographs reveal the essence of these encounters: an extended choreography of sensate observation. Regina DeLuise, artist and photographer, lives in Baltimore, and teaches at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). DeLuise earned a BFA from The State University of New York at Purchase and an MFA from Rosary College Graduate School of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy. She is a Guggenheim Fellow whose work is represented in private and public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum in NY, Brooklyn Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.
Gwen Hardie paints magnifications of small portions of skin on the tondo format. She expands the idea of oil paint as skin, with no context or narrative, emphasizing the actual surface quality of the paint. Hardie favors the direct, unmediated, perception of her eye; how light effects on the skin can create ambiguous depths of field. She takes this encounter and transforms it into a spatially ambiguous terrain, where it is possible to move perceptually between the image of skin and an unquantifiable larger world. Gwen Hardie studied at the Hochshule Der Kunste, with Baselitz; Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland (post graduate diploma with distinction); and Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. Originally from Scotland, Hardie lives and works in NYC. Her work is in many private and public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, and the Gulbenkian Collection, Lisbon.
This exhibition invites a comparison of how the human eye and the camera lens record and process similar information differently. Hardie and DeLuise share an exacting passion for how life appears in the phenomenal world yet with equal insistence on how the physical world can reveal the interior experience.