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AUGUST EXHIBITIONS AT DVAA Bold Work by Two Emerging Women Artists Exploring the Body’s Movements as Mechanical Gestures

AUGUST EXHIBITIONS AT DVAA Bold Work by Two Emerging Women Artists Exploring the Body’s Movements as Mechanical Gestures 

WHAT:

“Watch the Curve” by Katie Coughlin “Shifts in Space” by Colleen O’Hara

WHEN: 

August 6 – September 18, 2022, Thursday - Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm

OPENING RECEPTION:

Saturday, August 6th, 3-5 pm

PERFORMANCE ART: 

Saturday, August 6th & September 10th, 5 pm

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, “Watch the Curve,” featuring objects and sculptures and two public performances by Katie Coughlin, and “Shifts in Space,” featuring large-scale paintings by Colleen O’Hara. There will be an opening reception for both exhibitions at DVAA located at 37 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY, on Saturday, August 6, 2022, from 3– 5 pm.  The shows will be on view through Sunday, September 18th. DVAA’s galleries are free and open to the public; masks are recommended.  

KATIE COUGHLIN "WATCH THE CURVE"

Coughlin investigates the notions of home, vessel, body, and clothing through the manipulation of space and material. Although clay is most often the place where Coughlin begins her work, she uses other mediums, specifically cloth and wood, to expand her sculptures. These material-collaborative apparatuses allow her to incorporate the human body, placing her work between object, sculpture, and performance.

“As a teenager, there were constantly clothes to take off the line. We had, at one point, three clotheslines reaching out from the windows to the telephone pole tucked away in the left corner of our backyard. The reaching of arms out the window as our legs anchored us inside was a brutal test of our ability to balance and stretch. Our body became a part of this apparatus —as it often does when we complete physical tasks; our joints propel us forward while shoulders and hips and heads bear weight and get worked. When our bodies become mechanisms, where does the boundary lie? Is the edge of our body - the tip of our finger - or is it the ends of the bristles of the broom as we sweep the floor?”

There will be two performances on Saturday, August 6th, and Saturday, September 10th, at 5 pm on the DVAA’s balcony and sidewalk, with a viewing area across the street.

Katie Coughlin received her MFA from The Ohio State University (2018) and her BFA from Alfred University (2010). Katie has been an Artist in Resident at Red Lodge Clay Center and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. She has received multiple awards, including the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center, The Warren Mackenzie Advancement Award from Northern Clay Center, and most recently, a 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship. A native New Yorker, Katie returned to the city in 2018 and lives and works in Brooklyn.

COLLEEN O’HARA “SHIFTS IN SPACE”

O’Hara creates imaginary landscapes inspired by her interactions with real physical space. This body of work is rooted in an exploration of the material nature of paint. Paint contains a vast amount of potential and unpredictability. Working in a space between control and freedom, she responds to the materiality of paint, allowing her the opportunity to investigate the physical world.  Brush marks, drips, and splatters become a documentation of her existence and engagement in the world.  The act of making, doing, and experiencing is what gives us information about our surroundings.

O’Hara overlaps layers of transparent paint, creating spaces full of movement and experience that extend beyond the edges of the paper. Significant gestural marks incorporate the movement of her body. These large marks complement areas of intricate detail, spaces where micro and macro perspectives are referenced.  In pairing these contrasting marks, her work oscillates between the intimate and the immeasurable. 

Through the medium of paint, Colleen O’Hara explores process and material. Her work questions our understanding of physical space. Colleen’s paintings have been exhibited in various group exhibitions throughout the Northeast and in three separate solo exhibitions, one of which was in Brooklyn, NY. O’Hara received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the State University Of New York at New Paltz in 2016. In 2013 she received her BFA in Painting from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Colleen currently lives and works in Otego, NY, and is an adjunct instructor at Mohawk Valley Community College.

 

 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.

SUPPORT DVAA’s programs are made possible thanks in part to the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; the Nancy Stevenson Memorial Fund; the Heartland Embers Fund, our 2022 Business Sponsors; DVAA members; and individuals like you.

CONTACT:

Signe Ballew, Gallery Manager gallery@delawarevalleyartsalliance.org

(845) 252-7576




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