The ARTISTS’ VIEW
MARY BOOCHEVER, ANNE SEELBACH, AND DAN WELDEN
DISCUSS THEIR WORK ON VIEW
IN ARTISTS CHOOSE ARTISTS
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 6PM
Mary Boochever, Anne Seelbach, and Dan Welden. Photos by Jenny Gorman
The Parrish Art Museum presents the final talk by artists whose work is on view in Artists Choose Artists, the Museum’s juried exhibition that celebrates the artists of the East End and the dynamic relationships that unite the area’s creative community. Mary Boochever (selected by Jill Moser), Anne Seelbach (selected by Lucien Smith) and Dan Welden (selected by Jill Moser) will discuss their work in the Lichtenstein Theater on Friday, February 21 at 6pm. Artists Choose Artists, which encourages fellowship among today’s expanded, multi-generational network of artists and demonstrates the diversity of contemporary creative practice, is on view through February 23, 2020.
“I am delighted to conclude the Artists Choose Artists talks with yet another accomplished group of East End artists who all work in different media—from painting to collage and printmaking,” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects who organized the exhibition. “It’s been an enlightening series of presentations and conversations that allowed our audience to get to know our artists better.”
MARY BOOCHEVER (American, b. 1954) has explored sources as diverse as the Kabala and Goethe’s Color Theory. The artist’s painting, sculpture, and installations draw the viewer into the immediacy of the color experience, as in Deo Herculi, High Tower, and Red Work (1990, acrylic on canvas, 94 x 49 inches), in which the color gradually transforms as the angular upper edges of the nearly 8-ft works round out at the bottom of the canvas. Born into a Washington, D.C. Foreign Service family, Boochever later studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. She has taught at the School of Visual Arts, New York, Suffolk Community College, Riverhead, and Lacoste School of the Arts in France, and has guest-lectured at Yale University. The artist moved to Long Island in 1993 and currently lives and works in Sag Harbor.
ANNE SEELBACH (American, b. 1944) explores the mysteries of nature where earth and water meet as well as the conflict between the laws of nature and artificial attempts to control it—particularly on Eastern Long Island. The three mixed-media cutout collages Collision, Sunken Structure, and Turquoise Waters (all 2016) are made of acrylic, plastic mesh, woven cloth, and other materials found after Hurricane Sandy; Collision depicts fish that typically swim in rhythmic schools colliding with one another perhaps as a result of pollution. Seelbach received a BA from NYU and an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. She has taught at the University of Rhode Island, Northeastern University and Emerson College in Boston, The Newark Museum, the Parrish Art Museum, and the Victor D’Amico Institute of Art. Seelbach lives and works in North Haven, NY.
DAN WELDEN (American, b. 1941) is the innovator of the Solarplate printmaking technique, an environmentally sustainable process devoid of acids or dangerous chemicals. For his series Aesop’s Fable (1999), Welden resurrected old, found zinc etching plates and employed drypoint lines and salt etch—along with ink, paper and a press—to create 11 sets of 2 etchings each (30 x 27 inches). The powerful black & white images reference metaphors of opposites from the ancient Greek slave’s tales, such as Appreciative Lion and Sympathetic Mouse, Braying Donkey and Lap Dog, and Speedy Hare and Steady Tortoise. Welden’s work has been shown in over 80 international solo exhibitions in museums and galleries and over 700 group exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, and Peru. Welden is represented in public and private collections nationwide including the Amity Art Foundation, Darien, CT; Baltimore Museum of Art; Portland Museum of Art; Temple University, Philadelphia; and Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA, among many others. He lives and works in Sag Harbor, NY.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 6 PM
TALK: Artists Mary Boochever, Anne Seelbach, Dan Welden
$12 | Free for Members and Students
Artists Choose Artists exhibition is made possible, in part, thanks to the generous support of the Robert Lehman Foundation; The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation; Jacqueline Brody; Herman Goldman Foundation; Linda and Gregory Fischbach, and Fred Schmeltzer.
Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor, Bank of America. Additional support provided by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.
Parrish Art Museum
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