Alyse Rosner

June 22 - August 16, 2013

Alyse Rosner: Premonitions, an exhibition of paintings on paper, will be on view at Rick Wester Fine Art from June 22 through August 16. Rosner, a Connecticut based artist, will be the first painter featured in a solo exhibition at RWFA. Premonitions, the opening title of several of her works, is also a precursor for an exhibition of larger paintings to be held this November and December. The gallery has, up to now, presented her work at art fairs and in group shows.

Premonitions is Rosner’s first one-person exhibition in New York. In 2012, Alyse Rosner: Large Scale Work was exhibited at artSPACE in New Haven, Connecticut. The show, curated by Harry Philbrick, formerly of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and now Director of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, illustrated Rosner’s trajectory as an artist while tracing the growth in scale and intricacy over the course of her career. In their review of the exhibition, Art New England described the work as “joyous love songs to the matter of paper.”

The exhibition will consist of works in various sizes that divulge, through expressive brushstrokes, Rosner’s unique balance of light and color with her obsessive display of graphic skill. The impact of Premonitions lies in the serpentine continuity of line and shape accentuated by Rosner’s gestural use of paint, resulting in a unified presentation of distinct but harmonious varieties of imagery.

To categorize it under one technique would be merely impossible. By incorporating graphite rubbings, gestural painting, viscous drips and obsessive line drawing on Yupo, a synthetic Japanese paper, Rosner combines characteristics of printmaking, photography and painting within each work. She begins her artistic process by executing graphite rubbings of wood planks from the deck outside her studio. This personal connection implies an autobiographical reference. Beginning with a material so close to home and manipulating it through various drawing, erasing and paint applications, Rosner offers a direct connection and insight to her self as an artist. Similar to photograms, each image is unique but differs through nuance and the inconsistencies of the artistic process, giving the work an element of human touch.

Rosner’s style and techniques pose the questions, to what degree is materiality a vestibule for personal connection, and is it able to be both a dependent and independent variable in a work of art? The show encapsulates Rosner’s specific technique and distinctive characteristics while also shedding light on her evolving artistic style.

All works © Alyse Rosner.