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'Text' woven into explosive artworks

Published 9:53 am, Monday, September 23, 2013
  • "Text" by artist Joan Giordano will be on display in the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main St., from Sept. 21 to Oct. 27. Photo: Contributed
    "Text" by artist Joan Giordano will be on display in the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main St., from Sept. 21 to Oct. 27. Photo: Contributed

 

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Through a tactile mix of paper mediums and paint, "Text" by artist Joan Giordano attempts to create visual excitement that tempts the viewer's touch.

Giordano's work will be on display in the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main St., from Sept. 21 to Oct. 27, with an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m.

"Text" features large pieces of abstract, sculptural wall art, constructed with such unexpected materials as international newspapers, corrugated handmade papers, encaustic, Japanese papers, paint and ribbons of aluminum. The weaving of different papers, colors and textures results in a visual display that turns mere paper into explosive art.

A highlight of the show will be Giordano's newest photo lithographs, exhibited for the first time.

Her 2012 solo exhibition, "SpinOut," was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal and selected by the editors of Art in America as one of the few "thought provoking, clever and memorable shows that stand out in a crowded field."

Her work is in the collections of the Hammond Museum, North Salem, N.Y.; the Housatonic Museum of Art; the Henry Buhl collection, New York; the New York Public Library Print Collection; and the Awagami Museum Hall of Awa, Tokushima, Japan, among others.

She is the recipient of awards and honors, including a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, and residencies at YADDO in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Sweet Briar, Va.; Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, N.Y.; Awagami Paper International in Tokushima, Japan; and Conversations in Contemporaneity at Castle DeViti De Marco, Casamella, Italy.

Giordano lives and works in New York City and in upstate New York. Awarded a graduate fellowship to Hunter College of the City University of New York, she received a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute and studied painting at the Art Students League and Woodstock and lithography with Bob Blackburn at the Printmaking Workshop.

"Text" is sponsored by the Art Committee, Friends of New Canaan Library. The curators are Susie Salomon and Laura Einstein.

For information, call Susan LaPerla at 203-594-5007 or visit newcanaanlibrary.org.