Artists’s Reception: Friday, July 29, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Santa Fe, NM—LewAllen Galleries is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Bending Light: Jeanette Pasin Sloan & Steve Smulka. On view at LewAllen Galleries Downtown from August 5 – September 5, 2011, the exhibition presents works by two leading artists who actively blur traditional genre distinctions to expand the range of contemporary representational painting.
Noted realist painter Jeanette Pasin Sloan brings still life painting to the edge of abstraction with her meticulous renderings of reflection and distortion. Evoking Op Art’s investigations into the dynamics of vision, her images of polished domestic objects reflecting the geometric patterns of decorator fabrics address the continuing resonance of Modernist aesthetics through their precision of design and composition. Her distinctive artworks in oils, gouache, and watercolor, are included in such significant public collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Gallery of Art, among numerous others. Sloan holds a BFA from Marymount College in New York and an MFA from the University of Chicago. The artist lives and works in New Mexico.
Steve Smulka has garnered international recognition for his novel approach toward contemporary realism. Extending the focus of the still life genre to annex elements of landscape painting, his work blurs the divide between traditional artistic categories. Further distinguished by his signature motif—the subtle modulations of light passing through oversized bottles, jars, and decanters—Smulka’s art has been collected by the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Oakland Art Museum, and the Scottsdale Museum of Art, among many others. A two-time recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, he was born in Detroit and studied at the University of Massachusetts and the School of Visual Arts in New York under acclaimed photorealist painter Chuck Close. The artist lives and works in New Mexico.