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A Former Moon | Collages
Curated by Claudine Maidique
April 29 – May 22, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 29 | 6-9PM
The rings of Saturn consist of ice crystals and probably meteorite particles describing circular orbits around the planet’s equator. In all likelihood, these were fragments of a former moon…
—Brockhaus Encyclopaedia (epigraph of W. G. Sebald’s Rings of Saturn)
Claudine Maidique Gallery, in collaboration with Art Helix Gallery and SHIM, is pleased to present A Former Moon, a solo exhibition of Joel Werring’s recent collages.
Joel Werring is an American artist whose paintings and mixed media pieces explore the ways in which the past and its attendant memories can have a physical presence in our lives. In this new series of mixed media collages, Werring continues to work from an archive of family snapshots, his own children’s drawings, children’s book illustrations, intaglio prints, and notes and scraps of daily life and activities. The fourteen small-scale collages in this exhibition are constructed with paper, wax, and enamel on foam insulation panels, suggesting something about the fleeting nature of home and the ways in which we construct narratives both to revisit and to insulate ourselves from family history.
The title of the exhibition, A Former Moon, is a reference to the epigraph of W. G. Sebald’s novel, Rings of Saturn. Like the “fragments of a former moon” that articulate Saturn’s rings, Werring’s collages explore what we leave behind and what we carry with us, hidden or openly, that shape the stories we tell ourselves. Like Sebald’s novel, Werring’s collages are visual composites of fiction and reality—narrative works that blend personal memory, cultural history, and collective mythology.
Werring received his BA in Art Practice from the University of California at Berkeley and his MFA from the Yale School of Art. In 2003, he received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Painting. He has taught extensively, and is currently Chair of the Fine Arts Department at FIT/ State University of New York. He lives and paints in Connecticut.
The exhibition runs from April 29-May 22, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, April 29, 6-9 pm. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.