Deborah Dancy: "Dear Giotto"

From 10-16-2012 To 11-24-2012

DEBORAH DANCY: Acrylic & Gouache on Paper

October 16 - November 24, 2012

OPENING: Tuesday, October 16 at 6:00 pm

Deborah Dancy is an abstractionist who obtained her BFA at Illinois Weslyan University in 1973, her MS in printmaking from Illinois State University in 1976, and her MFA in painting at Illinois State University in 1979. Deborah Dancy has been on the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Connecticut since 1981.  Her professional career has been marked by a number of significant honors and awards, including: a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Connecticut Commission of the Arts Artist Grant, New England Foundation for the Arts/NEA Individual Artist Grant, Nexus Press Artist Book Project Award, Visual Studies Artist Book Project Residency Grant, The American Antiquarian Society’s William Randolph Hearst Fellowship, YADDO Fellow, University of Connecticut Chancellor’s Research Fellowship, Women’s Studio Workshop Residency Grant, as well as a Connecticut Book Award Illustration Nominee.

She has exhibited in galleries and museums such as: Wright State University, Purdue University, The Rye Arts Center, Liz Harris Gallery, LewAllen Contemporary, The Fuller Museum, The Housatonic Museum, The Mattatuck Museum, The College of Saint Rose, The University of Rhode Island, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The Spencer Museum, Mobius, The Mead Art Museum and The DeCordova Museum. Her work is included in numerous permanent collections including: The Boston Museum of Fine, The Birmingham Museum of Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Montgomery Museum of Art, The Spencer Museum of Art, The Hunter Museum of Art, Vanderbilt University, Grinnell College, Oberlin College Museum of Art, Davidson Art Center, The Detroit Museum of Art, Wesleyan University, Hallmark, General Electric Company, Chemical Bank, Capri Capital, The Bellagio Hotel, and The United States Embassy in Cameroon. Her work is represented by: Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York; G.R.N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago; and Charles Young Fine Prints and Drawings, Portland. Dancy currently lives and works in Storrs, CT.

Her works seek to examine the tension between reality and the imagined:

Dear Giotto is a series of works on paper created during September and October 2012 while living in Florence. The title is homage to this artist across time and history and is a meditation on abstracting color, memory and stillness.

William Gass in his book On Being Blue, A Philosophical Inquiry writes, “It is the sky’s pale deep endlessness, sometimes so intense at noon the brightness flakes like a fresco. Then at dusk, it is the way the color sinks among us, not like dew but settling dust …”
 
Deborah Dancy echoes these impressions in contemplating her creation of these works: "Colors still vibrant in ancient frescos, imagined scaffolding that soared to staggering heights holding both artist and assistant; glimpses of wedges of color between buildings lit by the setting sun as I walk the city and the shimmering greens of distant cypress trees on the surrounding hillside, are also echoed in this series. The weight of history and the architecture of form illuminate my awareness. These works are my notes to Dear Giotto."

www.deborahdancy.com

Dear Giotto è una collezione di opere su carta che ho creato durante la mia residenza a Firenze tra Settembre ed Ottobre 2012. Il titolo è un omaggio ad un’artista capace di trascendere il tempo e la storia, mentre la mostra rappresenta una meditazione sull’astrazione di colori, memoria ed immobilità.

Scrive William Gass nel volume On Being Blue, A Philosophical Inquiry, "la pallida e profonda infinità del cielo, durante certi mezzogiorni talmente intensa che la brillantezza si sfalda come un affresco. Poi al tramonto, è il modo in cui il colore si diffonde tra noi, non come rugiada ma come polvere nell’atto di posarsi…

Secondo Dancy, "la mostra racconta di colori tutt’ora vibranti in affreschi antichi, di impalcature immaginarie che raggiungono altezze impressionanti per sostenere sia l’artista che il suo assistente; di scorci di colore tra edifici illuminati dal sole mentre attraversavo la città e del luccicante verde di cipressi distanti sulle colline circostanti. Il peso della storia e l’architettura delle forme hanno illuminato la mia consapevolezza. Queste opere sono i miei messaggi al Caro Giotto."

Deborah Dancy è un’astrattista  che ha ottenuto la propria Laurea in Belle Arti presso la Illinois Weslyan University nel 1973, il proprio MS in incisione presso la Illinois State University nel 1976, ed il proprio Master in pittura presso la Illinois State University nel 1979. Deborah Dancy fa parte della facoltà del Dipartimento di Arte e Storia dell’Arte dell’Università del Connecticut sin dal 1981.  La sua carriera professionale è contrassegnata da numerosi premi e riconoscimenti, tra cui: una Fellowship presso la John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, una Borsa di Studio presso la Connecticut Commission of the Arts, una Borsa di Studio per Artisti Individuali presso la New England Foundation for the Arts/NEA, il premio Nexus Press Artist Book Project, la Borsa di Studio Visual Studies Artist Book Project Residency, la William Randolph Hearst Fellowship presso The American Antiquarian Society, l’appartenenza al YADDO, la Borsa di Ricerca del Rettore dell’Università del Connecticut, la Residenza presso la Women’s Studio Workshop, oltre ad una nomination per l’assegnazione del Connecticut Book Award per illustratori.

Le sue opere sono state esibite in numerose gallerie e in molti musei, quali: Wright State University, Purdue University, The Rye Arts Center, Liz Harris Gallery, LewAllen Contemporary, The Fuller Museum, The Housatonic Museum, The Mattatuck Museum, The College of Saint Rose, The University of Rhode Island, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The Spencer Museum, Mobius, The Mead Art Museum e The DeCordova Museum. Suoi lavori fanno parte di numerose collezioni permanenti, tra cui: The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Birmingham Museum of Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Montgomery Museum of Art, The Spencer Museum of Art, The Hunter Museum of Art, Vanderbilt University, Grinnell College, Oberlin College Museum of Art, Davidson Art Center, The Detroit Museum of Art, Wesleyan University, Hallmark, General Electric Company, Chemical Bank, Capri Capital, The Bellagio Hotel, e l’Ambasciata degli Stati Uniti in Camerun. La sua produzione artistica è gestita da: Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York; G.R.N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago; e da Charles Young Fine Prints and Drawings, Portland. Al momento l’artista vive e lavora a Storrs, CT.

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