Exhibition - Project Space: 'Over Time'

Sunday, Apr 11, 2021 at 11:00am

440 Gallery
440 Sixth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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In the exhibition, Over Time, Miller, Pedersen, and Roi examine how time affects the way they display or create artwork. Robin Roi presents work that spans a period of time and shows her evolution as an artist. Janet Pedersen consciously chooses to not take too much time setting up her still life and working quickly to capture a feeling of plain-air painting. Caitlin Miller uses the body as a means to tie her work together thematically. It is in these ways that these three artists explore the concept of making work over time.

Caitlin Miller investigates interior spaces and how the body relates to our home.  This has become especially germane during this past year in which we were forced to live “within” more intensely, both physically and mentally. Working with the body, and images of the body, has been a common thread in Caitlin Miller’s process-oriented work. Her new piece, Fluidity, is made with resin and transparent images. Fluidity is an installation composed of interwoven parts; it is composed of photographs taken during performance and printed on transparent material—each image getting further away from the original self. 

The marriage of fine and decorative art has long been an important aspect of Robin Roi’s work. Her dual careers as both a fine artist and a decorative painter have often come together in a kind of hybrid form as seen in this current body of work. The pieces being exhibited here are from two very different time periods in her career. “Scenes From a Battle-Hers” was painted in the early 80’s during the formative years of the “Pattern & Decoration” movement. The small panels, created in 2019, are gilded with various kinds of metal leaf: silver, copper and dutch metal.  This substrate provides a jewel-like surface which has been layered with collage and painted imagery.

Janet Pedersen’s new work explores the Still Life. She says, “This home-bound period has me observing my surroundings a little more closely. I try not to spend too much time setting up a subject to work from (whether man made or natural), and in fact, am hoping to portray a small scene or corner of the room that I might’ve just happened upon such as a pair of gloves, a cold cup of forgotten tea, or a book. Because of this, and because I’m working in natural window light, I approach my painting as I would a plein-air painting.” These fresh gestural paintings capture moments: a mood, a cast of light, captured to allow the viewer sustained enjoyment.

Exhibition Date: March 17, 2021 - April 18 2021  

Masks and physical distancing required. 

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