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SUMMER EXHIBITIONS AT DVAA

SUMMER EXHIBITIONS AT DVAA
Two artists navigate the human condition through satire, juxtaposition, and immersive craft.
 
WHAT:           "An Existential Inquiry" by David Dann and
                        "What's Left of Her" by Yvetta Fedorova

 
WHEN:           June 25 – July 31, 2022,
Thursday - Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, June 25th, 3-5pm

                                               
WHERE:         DVAA, 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

NOTES:          Free and open to the public, masks recommended

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is excited to announce its upcoming exhibitions, "An Existential Inquiry," featuring objects and sculptures by David Dann, and "What's Left of Her," featuring hand-cut paper drawings by Yvetta Federova. 
 
There will be an opening reception for both exhibitions at DVAA located at 37 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY, on Saturday, June 25, 2022, from 3 pm – 5 pm. The shows will be on view through Sunday, July 31, and are free and open to the public, masks required.
 
DAVID DANN "AN EXISTENTIAL INQUIRY"
This exhibition will be the first public display of David Dann's work. Working as a commercial artist for the past 30 years, he has been quietly making art as a way of investigating the meaning of existence. Dann's objective has been to create pieces that are readily accessible to viewers, engaging on a personal level, and easily acquired while occupying a curious space between artwork and commodity.

His artworks occupy a space that is a sometimes satirical and sometimes serious exploration of the meaning of our existence, a kind of philosophical examination in two and three dimensions of our role in the cosmos. Yes, Dann admits, it is a 'grand conceit,' but art to him seems particularly suited to that effort because it embodies both the rational and irrational. Its elements are concrete and intuited, at once known and unknowable. In that sense, art is the ideal analog for exploring the human condition.

After receiving a BFA from Cornell University and an MFA from the University of Chicago in the 1970s, David Dann moved to New York City to pursue a career as an artist. Rather than exhibit his work in conventional galleries, he created small pieces in multiple editions to sell in artist-run stores and museum shops. A number of those pieces were acquired for the permanent collections of the New Museum and the Franklin Furnace in New York, as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. 

Dann was also working as a commercial artist at the time, producing action figure prototypes for Hasbro and Kenner, sculpting models for National Geographic, Marvel Comics, Visa and MasterCard, and building dinosaur replicas for permanent exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago. In later years, after concluding his career as a fine artist, he was the designer of numerous award-winning publications, a live radio producer, and most recently, the author of a musical biography that was selected as one of Rolling Stone magazine's Best Books of 2019.

Now retired, David Dann lives in Sullivan County, NY, and is currently working on a book of short stories based on his early days as an artist.
 
 
YVETTA FEDOROVA "WHAT'S LEFT OF HER"
 
What does love look like inside the brain? What does anger look like? How about madness? Pure joy? Vengeance? All these thoughts and emotions are essentially what makes us who we are yet they are invisible. How do our ideas, memories, and feelings travel along the networks of our minds? These are some of the questions Yvetta Federova asks herself when she cuts her abstract portraits using X-Acto blades and black, Fedrigoni, masterly crafted Italian paper. 
 
Fedorova believes cutting paper is like composing music one can see. She takes inspiration from the movement of the human body and contemporary music, where sound naturally translates into line and shape. Federova strives to stimulate the imagination and produce an emotional resonance in her audience with dynamic lines and movement. 
 
Yvetta Fedorova in a New York City basedCity-based artist and illustrator. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, she graduated from The Drama School of Theater and Film in 1990. In 1991 she immigrated to the USA. Fedorova completed her BFA from Pratt Institute in 1997. Her award-winning illustration work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and The Society of Publication Designers. Her illustrations have regularly appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times (for many years, Fedorova illustrated Jane Brody's weekly column), The Boston GlobeThe Washington Post, and many other popular magazines and newspapers. Fedorova regularly worked as a graphic journalist for Internationale Magazine, based in Rome. She recently created illustrations for an interactive exhibit at The Museum of Native Americans. Her graphic series, Karina and Me, appeared in the op-ed section of The New York Times and many other worldwide publications. In 2014 Yvetta founded "Collective Art Lessons," a program for pre-teens and teens. The successful program took place for five years in museums across New York.
 
In the last two years, Fedorova has taken a drastically new direction and fully committed herself to developing large abstract cutouts. During the pandemic, Fedorova created an extensive portfolio of new pieces.
 
 ABOUT DVAA
The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance is located at 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY. Walk-ins are welcome. DVAA's galleries are ADA accessible. Gallery hours are Thursday - Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm, and by appointment.
 
 For more information, visit delawarevalleyartsalliance.org or call (845) 252-7576.

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