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September 12, 2015 - October 17, 2015
Opening Reception is Saturday, September 12th, 6-8pm
Fred Giampietro Gallery is pleased to present work by artists Clint Jukkala, John Newman, Celia Johnson, and Joan Zagrobelny.
At once reflective and irreverent, Clint Jukkala’s paintings explore perception and the relationship between image and abstraction. Combining modernist elements and a basic pictorial language, Jukkala’s work hovers on the edge of nameable things. Circular forms evoke eyes, goggles, or periscopes and frame our view into suggested landscape spaces. Jukkala’s paintings invite us to look in while they gaze out at us in return. Through the act of looking, we become aware of our own seeing and thinking as we search to orient ourselves in a geometric cartooned world.
Originally from Montana, Clint Jukkala lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. Recent solo exhibitions include Fred Giampietro Gallery (New Haven, CT), BravinLee Programs (New York, NY), and Finalndia University (Hancock, MI). His work has been featured in group exhibitions at Feature Inc. and Brian Morris Gallery in New York, Tiger Strikes Asteroid and Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, and The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA. Jukkala received his MFA from the Yale School of Art and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.
“I have said in the past that my work is about something between sex and science. Somehow this came from thinking about the entanglement that reductivism got us into. In the early ’70s there was a lot of talk about making art that disappears. About reaching the zero degree! After so many examples of zero-degree art making I began thinking, “What’s on the other side of zero?” The other side of zero is irrational numbers, negative numbers, Alice’s whacky world, the unconscious, quantum mechanics and probability, and even wilder as-yet undiscoverable things. And the whole idea of what to do after the zero degree is reached—what is on the other side of the mirror—in a sense has always been the basic premise of my work.” –An interview with John Newman, Brooklyn Rail
John Newman received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Art and his Bachelors of Arts from Oberlin College. John’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. He been awarded many prestigious grants, residencies, and awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. Newman’s work can be found in many major public and private collections including the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Brooklyn Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Hood Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery.
Celia Johnson received her BFA in design and printmaking at California College of the Arts. She has worked professionally in the design field in San Francisco, New York and Germany for clients including Levis Strauss, ESPRIT, The New York Times and Condé Nast. While in Germany, she studied painting as a visiting student at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Prof. Christian Megert during a decade-long stay there.
Returning to New York City, Celia pursued her concentration in painting while continuing to work professionally as an internationally recognized and award-winning designer/illustrator. Additionally she served as adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and holds an MPS graduate degree in new media design from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts ITP program.