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"2017 - Making a Mark"
March 1 - 31, 2017 | Opening Reception: Friday, March 3, 5-7 pm
Gross McCleaf Gallery | 127 S. 16th Street, 2nd floor | Philadelphia, PA. 19102 | 215-665-8138
www.grossmccleaf.com | Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 10-5
"Life is always uncertain.
Out of a riot of lines, spaces and colors
comes a titillating surface that beckons
the viewer to relax and enjoy the journey...."
Julie Courtney, Independent Curator
Val Rossman's paintings and drawings are a blend of chance and careful planning; a process which the artist considers an apt metaphor for life. She says of her recent work,
"Each painting or pastel drawing is a map leading to an adventure of color, mark, and space. The making of the mark whether expressive, aggressive, lyrical or exuberant is crucial....I embrace the unpredictable interferences as interruptions to the luscious color and controlled lines. Taking risks as part of my creative process energizes my work and keeps it fresh and exciting."
Many of the atmospheric, nature-inspired pastels in the current exhibit are the result of a recent residency (Art in the Wilderness) in Aspen, Colorado which brought the artist directly into contact with an unfamiliar and untamed landscape. However, Rossman's primary interest is in capturing the feeling of a particular location, not the actual observation. In the pastels, soft but intense background colors recede into indefinable depths and are criss-crossed by subtle marks that bring the viewer back to the surface - marks that are reminiscent of jet-trails or cirrus clouds.
In addition to the pastels, Rossman is showing a series of bold, calligraphic acrylic paintings in which the expressive gesture of the artist is dominant. The paintings have an urban, graphic quality to them - reminding the viewer of the artist's roots at Tyler School of Art in the 1970's and the influence of other abstract painters such as Klee, Kandinsky, Frankenthaler, and Mitchell.
Regardless of the medium, there is always a sense of spontaneity in Rossman's work - the pastels and paintings seem controlled but are never overworked. She says of her process,
"My work always starts out very scribbly and free.... As I work, there is a conversation between me and the piece...with questions asked and answers given. It is very intuitive and organic. I love that process! I always know when a work is finished because it just feels like everything is in the right place. It is as if the work just grew out of the surface and always existed like that. There is nothing that is nudging at me to say that it doesn't belong. There is a perfect harmony within the piece."
See City Suburban News Article on the upcoming show.
"2015 - Artist in Wilderness 2015"
I am still excited about my time as a recipient of the Artist in Wilderness Grant in Aspen, Colorado in 2015! Here is a wonderful video about my time there and some of the artwork that I produced on site. It's great to see some of my inspirations! Stay tuned for an exhibit of my current work at Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia opening on Friday, June 3.
My exhibition at Griesing Law encompassed a large body of recent work including acrylic paintings on aluminum and pastel drawings. This video by John Thornton highlights most of the 40 pieces that were on view. Please enjoy seeing my artwork and hearing about my process.
"2014 - Finding a Balance: The Art of Val Rossman"
"2013 - Acrylic on Aluminum and Pastel On Paper"
My paintings and drawings are on view at these locations:
Gross McCLeaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Longview Gallery, Washington DC
West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT
Past Exhibition History:
2015 - Works on Paper and Acrylics on Aluminum, West Branch Gallery, VT
2015 - Earth, Air Color, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2014 - Finding A Balance, Greisling Law, Philadelphia, PA
2013 - Acrylic on Aluminum and Pastel On Paper, Rosenfeld gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2011 - Annual Small Works Show, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2011 - 3C: Create. Connect. Collect, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
2011 - Recent Paintings and Drawings, Windsor Whip Works, Binghamton, NY
2011 - Extravagant Color, West Branch Gallery, Stowe VT
2010 - Acrylic on Metal and Pastel Drawings, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa
2009 - Landscape Revisited, West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT
2008 - Red Dot Art Fair, New York NY
2007 - Recent Work, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2005 - Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ
2005 - Paintings and Drawings, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia,PA
2004 - The Philadelphia Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
Val Rossman - Creating A Career, Temple Review, Winter 2012. To read article click here.
Victoria Donohoe, Project Shows How Art is Made, The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 2011
Margaret Guthrie, Main Line Art Center Connects, Flying Kite, January, 2011
Marc Awodey, Hue for Two, Seven Days, February, 2011
Victoria Donohoe, Color at Rosenfeld, ThePhiladelphia Inquirer, September, 2010
Linda Dormont, Steel Gardens, Art Matters, April, 2007
Edward J. Sozanski, Memorable Encores, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January, 2005
Ruth Rovner, Exercising Her Artistic Imagination, Main Line Times, January, 2005
Wanda Walls, Inside the Spectrum of Color, Art Matters, January, 2005
Edward J. Sozanski, Pastels at Rosenfeld, The Philadelphia Inquirer, February, 2002
Robert H. Sadler, The Artist As Athlete, The Jewish Exponent, October, 1995
A Women's Personal Journal, Running Press, 1992
Artsbreak, Bravo National Television Network 1992
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