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May 1, 2015 - June 13, 2015
Opening Reception is Friday May 1st 6 - 8 PM
Fred Giampietro Gallery is pleased to present work by artists Katherine Bradford and Becky Yazdan.
“The lifeboats in my show come in various shapes and sizes. The most famous is the Carpathia, the ship that responded to the Titanic’s S.O.S. and picked up all the survivors.
My favorite ship to paint is an ocean liner because it lets me use the geometries of stripes, stacks and dots (port holes). This exhibit also includes a sailing ship, a Signal Ship and several Supermen in the act of responding to rescue calls.
Themes in my work that I tend to revisit are quests, feats of survival, and communal rituals set on the open ocean at night. There is nothing more satisfying to paint than the heightened moment when all our senses are acutely alive.
Although not every painting in the show may depict a lifeboat, my hope is that each one can provide a kind of restorative function.” – Katherine Bradford
Katherine received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from State University of New York and her Bachelors of Art Bryn Mawr College, PA. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been awarded many prestigious awards including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Guggenheim Fellowship, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Award. Bradfords’s work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Portland Museum, Worcester Museum of Art, Farnsworth Museum, Bates College Museum, Bowdoin College Museum, Smith College Museum, Addison Gallery of American Art, and many private collections.
The canvases of Becky Yazdan conjure the interior world of personal memories, which she evokes without illustrating specific details. The Brooklyn-based artist creates layered compositions based subject matter from her daily life: books, TV shows, dreams, and past experiences. She works by combining color, form, and pattern, both intuitively and intentionally, digging up sensations as intangible as the first time she ever told a lie or the specific color of a beloved childhood bathing suit. “The paintings are like dreams,” Yazdan has said of her work. “The events of the day [are] reorganized and combined with other events and memories until a new, often surprising, reality has taken shape.” -Artsy
Becky Yazdan received her MFA from the NY Studio School, studying with Bill Jensen and Graham Nickson. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her work has been exhibited throughout the East Coast and New York. Becky has received many prestigious awards including the Emma Strain Award, Top 100 Artists by GLAAD, and the Hohenberg Travel Award.