The Main Gallery plays host to a variety of group shows throughout the year which are attended by thousands of people from across Southeast Michigan and beyond. Each show features an opening or closing reception that is always free and open to the public and includes hors d’oeuvres and wine. Perfect for a date night, or spending an interesting evening with friends, PCCA’s receptions are attended by artists in the show, artists and friends from the surrounding region, community members, students and anyone looking for an opportunity to enjoy a cultural night on the town.
is and More
October 4 – November 1, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4th – 7pm to 9pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, October 5th – 2pm
There are as many approaches to art making as there are artists. There are those who are inspired by a wealth of imagery, pattern, color, symbols, cultural and historical reference, and draw on all these elements to create drawings, paintings, collages or objects. Others are moved to simplify and refine their works, drawing on the Modernist interest in material and process. The one samples from any number of sources and seeks a means of unifying them to create a satisfying whole and convey meaning. The other works and reworks an idea, driven sometimes by the material at hand, sometimes by a working process, applying both to a generalized form that lends itself to repeated exploration and experimentation and abstraction. For this show, we have selected two very different artists who use their own individual approaches to create works that are unmistakably their own.
Joyce Brienza is the “more” of this Less/More equation. She uses a collage technique to sample a rich variety of images, patterns and other elements that carry personal associations that resonate for her, creating her “peculiar brand of hip hop.” The critical element for her is pattern, which serves multiple purposes. In the artist’s words, pattern “…is a reference to traditional “women’s” handiwork and questions the duality of high and low art. It provides a grid formation that connects the floating elements (information) together. And finally, it works to disrupt the continuity of the image, placing roadblocks in the way of logic and control.”
Joyce Brienza (detail)
Matthew De Genaro produces work that is deceptively simple. He creates endless variations on the human figure, abstracting the essential form. He says, “…sometimes the nature of the material defines the figure, at other times it’s the process of working the material that defines it, and sometimes, the figure dictates the use of material and process.” He has explored his figures in every scale and in every material imaginable, including cast bronze, cast resin, carved wood, stone, fabricated wood and metal, inflated fabric, stacked rubber inner tubes, cardboard, even manipulated living grasses.
Joyce Brienza earned her MFA at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She has exhibited her work in gallery and museum shows all over the United States and in Germany, Argentina and The Netherlands. She teaches art at several schools in the Detroit area, and has participated in artist residencies in New Jersey and at Children’s Hospital in Detroit.
Matthew De Genaro earned his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums since 1980.
The works of these two artists complement each other, even as their methods and finished artworks are so divergent. They are two long-time Detroit area residents who have applied themselves for many years with a singular dedication to their methods and materials. They both explore their various media with a purpose and confidence that come from long experience and a willingness to experiment with everything at hand. What perhaps joins them, even with all their difference, is a sense of humor and a playful approach. They share the gift of being serious about their work, without taking themselves too seriously.
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