Jessica Singerman - hold us in the light

November 6, 2020 – February 13, 2021
Join Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art in Charlotte, NC for an exhibition of intimate, responsive work by Jessica Singerman. In a significant departure from her work that celebrates nature, color and light in the landscape and the passing of time, Singerman embraces personal questions around her work and how it relates to the pressing societal issues of today.

Artist statement – Jessica Singerman
“At the end of spring 2020 when there was a swelling of anger and sadness amidst protests in the US, I wondered what – as an artist – I should be doing in response to what was happening around me. In times of turmoil, I have often questioned the validity of my work, and with practice I’ve learned that it is in those challenging times that the work of an artist becomes especially important, both for the artist and for the audience. However, as a white artist, I was unsure of what was appropriate for the direction of my work. It seemed disingenuous to make politically charged paintings when my current body of work dealt with an entirely different subject matter. How could I make work that was culturally relevant yet stayed true to the artistic concerns I’ve pursued for years?

The morning of June 1st I made drawings of a table and chairs in our screened-in porch, a nod to some Richard Diebenkorn paintings of a single chair in an interior. Later that day in the studio, I decided to make a painting using one of those drawings as a reference. This painting was quiet and contemplative. I made another painting and another, all evocative of human presence, and each one a play of color and geometry and composition. In these paintings, through the careful arrangement of shapes and color, I envision creating space for conversations – hopefully, the kind of exchanges that bring real profound understanding. Is this too much to want for my work? Maybe, but making art is in itself a hopeful act, and so it helps me feel optimistic.”

The gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays 12:00-5:00PM and by appointment.

If you’re interested in a painting but can’t make it to Charlotte, contact [email protected] to set up a virtual visit. The gallery can ship work.

Forsyth County Public Library (central branch) in Winston-Salem, NC
January 1 – March 31, 2021
See Creative Detours, a group of 20 paintings on the 2nd floor gallery. These paintings are available for purchase from my shop and will ship at the beginning of April.
660 W 5th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, For hours, visit the library website here.

PTI airport in Greensboro, NC
July, 2020 – July, 2021
See a group of my large-scale paintings on the lower level at door 5. These paintings are available for purchase from my shop.

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