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Celia Reisman

Side Streets, Back Roads

John Greig Jr.


Douglas Martenson

Home & Away

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Celia Reisman, John Greig Jr. & Douglas Martenson



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Saturday, September 10, 1-4pm 


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Triangles Spring, 14" x 11", Oil On Canvas

Celia Reisman: Side Streets, Back Roads

Gross McCleaf Gallery is pleased to host a solo exhibition with gallery artist, Celia Reisman. This selection of new works features Reisman’s primary subject matter, the architectural landscape of the suburbs and rural scenes. As the exhibition title suggests, Reisman collects her imagery on the side streets and back roads near her seasonal residences in Philadelphia and Vermont.

As a dedicated formalist, Celia Reisman is a life-long student of both the historical and contemporary conventions of painting. Her works can be described as specific places of nameable objects, as well as a rectangle filled with abstracted arrangements of carefully orchestrated colors and shapes. Each aspect of the composition plays a role in directing movement across the scene as Reisman’s intuitive sense of relationships between manmade and natural forms build rich images that unfold full of surprises, humor, and mystery.

Reisman often uses her car as a roaming studio, documenting small sections of suburban landscapes that engage her interest. Utilizing her drawing skills and...

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A Slow Apocalyps #3, 8" x 4" x 5", Wood, Plaster & Graphite

John Greig Jr.: Subterranean

John Greig Jr. presents small sculptures created from wood, plaster and graphite in his first solo exhibition with Gross McCleaf Gallery. While his work boasts a strong architectural design, Greig’s interests reach beyond formal considerations as he contemplates global climate change and the human perspective of geological time in his models.

Each sculpture begins with a series of meticulous, schematic drawings that serve to organize Greig’s initial ideas. Typically, a manipulated wood element of milled or raw timber constitutes the base of a sculpture. Next, plaster, also known as gypsum, is slowly deposited in layers within a mold that sits atop the base. A striated pattern appears, defined by varying amounts of incorporated graphite, depicting sedimentary layers of earth and rock. The emergent mortar-like structure complements the organic wooden component, forming the artist’s final abstract piece.

Greig’s sculptures are intimate in scale (less than twelve inches in any direction), proportions that prompt more immediate and personal ruminations than the industrial feats of human engineering their structures call to mind...

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Yellow Sky, 11" x 14", Oil On Wood

Douglas Martenson: Home & Away

Gross McCleaf Gallery is pleased to present a new selection of small works by gallery artist, Douglas Martenson, in Home & Away. Martenson paints observationally in various locations throughout Maine and Pennsylvania. His new works feature a return to the familiar subject matter of landscape: intimate views of buildings, urban streets, knobby trees, and an exploration of environments under duress.

“Landscape painting has consistently been a vehicle for conceptual ideas. Realist painters, like myself, can often be pigeonholed into a category of simply depicting what can be seen without further thought or concept. While I embrace beauty in my work, it is more than decorative. Utilizing landscape as a means of inquiry, I am exploring new and challenging ideas such as climate change, loss, and a sense of place.

This collection consists of paintings of the house and property my wife and I rent while in Maine, as well as paintings of Kelly Drive and of the area surrounding my studio in South Philadelphia. Some paintings capture the way light transforms the buildings...

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Douglas Martenson featured in John Thornton's Focus and Inspiration, New Landscapes by Doug Martenson

Doug Martenson is showing a new body of small landscapes at Gross McCleaf, painted here in Philadelphia and also in Maine. He talks about what inspires him and the importance of keeping focus. In some of these paintings, we see his deep over global climate change and how it is affecting the landscape

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John Greig Jr. featured in John Thornton's Subterranean: Sculptor John Greig Jr. at Gross McCleaf

John Greig Jr. went to PAFA and now teaches there and manages the sculpture workshop. I ambushed him for an interview at the opening of his first one-person show at Gross McCleaf Gallery. His work is precise, incredibly well-crafted and thought provoking.

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Morris Blackman featured in John Thornton's Save For Future Use, The Art of Morris Blackman

Last week I got a call from the Gross McCleaf Gallery’s Rebecca Segall. Would I be interested in checking out their show of an artist named Morris Blackman and potentially make a movie about him? Yes, but I already made a movie about Morris Blackburn just a couple years ago. No she said, not BlackBURN, BlackMAN. And what a remarkable artist this 92 year old PAFA grad turned out to be!

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