The Art Center Gallery at Clatsop Community College (CCC) in Astoria, OR will open its exhibition season with a show entitled Becoming Transparent by artist Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka of Ames, Iowa.
The opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 30th at 6:00 p.m. in the Art Center Gallery. Local guitarist Dave Drury will be providing music during the event. The gallery reception and exhibit are free and open to the public and will remain on display through October 28th. Selected to exhibit in the 2010 Au Naturel competition by the late Laura Russo (gallery owner and noted authority on contemporary and 20th century Northwest art), Ms. Adamska-Jarecka was also offered the coveted prize of a solo exhibition at the Art Center Gallery.
Born and raised in Poland, Ms. Adamska-Jarecka began a career in biological sciences, but after her arrival in North America in 1996, she decided to change her career path and pursue a career in art instead. Earning a Bachelor of Arts in the Studio Art Honors Program from the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph, Canada in 2002, she then went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2006. Soon after earning her BA, she began exhibiting her artwork in Canada, and since 2004, she has exhibited widely across the USA from coast to coast, as well as in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has also recently been selected to exhibit in the 2011 Florence International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Italy.
The body of artwork in this show is compelling not only for her luscious handling of the paint and expressive command of the figure, but also for the artist’s potent feminist messages imbedded in the imagery. As in the feminine psyche, dualities freely coexist: fierceness vs. gentleness, alienation vs. connectivity, and acquiescence vs. empowerment. The transparency of the plastic film that serves as the substrate for her paintings allows light to filter through, creating a delicate, ephemeral quality that is a provocative contrast to the richness and texture of the thick, encrusted impasto brushstrokes. “The transparent and lightweight qualities of the material become a metaphor for the desired state of clarity,” the artist describes, “like a window that reveals the real and true self.”
Often the figures represented in Ms. Adamska-Jarecka's paintings seem caught in a deep reverie, possibly in the act of remembering, projecting, dreaming, desiring, and fantasizing. “Using the language of painting and drawing, I communicate my desire to grow as an individual and as an artist, stressing the importance of honest self-examination in achieving deliverance of the self,” Ms. Adamska-Jarecka explains. “The process of introspection is crucial to the transition from a maladapted, inadequate state to feminine wholeness. The phases in this model of restoring the lost self are: awakening and emerging from self–absorption, the will to overcome the conflict and regaining inner balance and authenticity.”
Ms. Adamska-Jarecka will be conducting a workshop entitled “Expressive Figure Painting” on Friday October 1st from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in which she will demonstrate her unique process of painting on transparent plastic film. Participants will explore the human form with water-based mixed media while working from a life model, seeking to capture the psychological tension of the figure while experimenting with various media in expressive ways. The workshop will be held in the Drawing/Painting Studio of the CCC Art Center, and will be open to CCC students for a discounted rate of $10 to cover the provided materials and to the general public for a $20 fee.
The CCC Art Center Gallery and the Drawing/Painting Studio are ADA accessible. Both are located at 1799 Lexington Avenue in Astoria. The gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on weekends and holidays by appointment only. For more information, please contact Kristin Shauck at 503-338-2472. Special thanks to the Cannery Pier Hotel.
Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.
Examples of artwork by Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka that will be on display, along with others, at Clatsop Community College’s Art Center Gallery in the exhibit, Becoming Transparent. The exhibit will be on display September 20th – October 28th, 2010. Submitted photos.