Paintings and Textile Art by Yoni Glogower, Jeff Wrench, and Ryan Murray
Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library (20 West Street, Northampton, MA 01060)
Artists Reception: August 2, 6-8 PM
YONI GLOGOWER: I use textiles to consider new ways of interpreting my personal world. Family members, wildflowers, video game imagery, Hebrew, and found natural objects all make their way into my compositions using hand-dyed fabric, strategic piecing, applique and embroidery.
RYAN MURRAY: Through the unflinching medium of spray paint stenciling, I unearth and examine unsettling but important conversations about the stigma of mental illness, with the goal of normalizing the discussion and treatment of mental health in black communities.
In my paintings I try to balance realistic likeness vs. letting the paint be the center of attention with bold brush marks and colors and other surprises that the messiness of paint brings. Many of my paintings are on found surfaces like wallpaper or paint chips which I think, like faces themselves, are examples of beauty in the ordinary.