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Ying Li

Blossoms In A Sudden Strangeness II

September 1 - 30

Elaine Lisle

Autumn

September 1 - 30

James Stewart

Recent Work: Influenced by Ilya Kaminsky's "Deaf Republic"

September 1 - October 23

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Ying Li: Blossoms In A Sudden Strangeness II

April Leaves

12" x 9"

Oil On Panel

Ying Li: Blossoms In A Sudden Strangeness II

“In early March 2020, Haverford College, like educational institutions throughout the country, closed its campus to visitors and moved classes online in order to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the months that followed, Ying Li, the Phlyssa Koshland professor in Fine Arts at Haverford, responded to the crisis with astonishing and prolific creativity. Comprising 47 paintings created in just five months, Blossoms in a Sudden Strangeness reflects a profound aesthetic discipline. Li began each painting through closely observing subjects she discovered in or near her apartment on Haverford’s campus, such as the view from her porch or cherry trees in bloom. Responding to beauty and ephemerality in nature, she abstracts and reworks each composition until her expressive gestures and densely layered surfaces convey the complexity of her observations over time. Reveling in possibility, she adds, spreads, and scrapes away paint, creating relief-like topographies. Amid the ‘sudden strangeness’ of the pandemic, Li was fortunate to safely remain on campus, taking inspiration from flora and fauna that have fascinated her for more than 25 years.

Li’s creative resilience is rooted in her past experiences with cultural upheaval and personal hardship. To understand her tireless work ethic and vibrant curiosity, it is helpful to consider her upbringing, training, and artistic evolution. Born in Beijing, China, Li came of age during the so-called ‘Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution’ (1965–77)...

- Andrea Packard, Mixed-Media Artist and Curator

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Elaine Lisle: Autumn

River From Above

30" x 40"

Oil On Canvas

Elaine Lisle: Autumn

Elaine Lisle’s solo exhibition at Gross McCleaf is thoughtfully titled, “Autumn”.  While the fall has long been associated with winding down, there is also an aspect of this time of year that represents a new beginning: a new season, the start of the scholastic year, and the annual count-down toward the succession of holidays that culminate in New Year’s Day.

In Lisle’s new paintings, the artist conveys the comfort and solace that a return to routine brings and the optimism of beginning anew.  The work clearly presents Lisle’s delight in the singular beauty of this time of year as trees turn brilliant hues, blue skies are freed of summer’s humidity, and glorious sunsets give way to crisp evenings.

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James Stewart: Recent Work - Influenced By Ilya Kaminsky's "Deaf Republic"

Large Overture

48" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

James Stewart: Recent Work - Influenced By Ilya Kaminsky's "Deaf Republic"

James Stewart is captivated by the human condition in times of major socio-political events. For many years, Stewart painted imagined scenes of cafes and nightlife in Berlin between the World Wars. He considered this to be, “…a turbulent but hopeful time that eventually turned tragic” and painted large groups of people cheerfully unaware of the impending rise of Nazism. 

Recently, a friend introduced the artist to poet Ilya Kaminsky, and Stewart was struck by the similarities between their projects. Kaminsky’s 2019 work, Deaf Republic, follows the personal lives of characters living in a time of political unrest in an occupied country and details the uncomfortable realities of their behavior given the desperate circumstances...

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