John Hampshire’s pieces are dense with marks and lines; they appear to vibrate, cohere, and dissolve, capturing and transmitting energy. Hampshire relates to the “intensity, obsessiveness and labor-intensive processes” of Dawn Clements’ work, as well as the “the potential monumentality of drawing that both of us seem interested in. Each of us presents highly sustained drawings-- out from under glass and unframed, they hang right on the wall in the viewers' environment with no barriers or separation, more like paintings than drawings.”
Painter Donna Moylan draws upon memory, psychology, culture, and a lifetime of studying art; her subtle imagery creates a unique time and space of its own. Moylan admires both the sophistication and delicacy of Julie Evans’ work: “Striking a balance between abstraction and figuration, her images are springboards for our imagination, seeming to draw on natural forms like plants, seaweed, cloud formations, or swirls of water while remaining abstract.”
Asya Reznikov, a multimedia artist whose has dealt extensively with themes of travel and female identity issues, chose her friend and studio neighbor Jennifer Mahlman: “Jennifer's work resonates with me because she explores ideas about household, domesticity and food through her unique approach to photography and collage, as well as a variety of printing processes. She also works for a lot of artists and seldom has time to make her own work--this show provided her with motivation to do that.”
Michael Tong, also a multimedia artist, works with recognizable objects and the social or political contexts they exist in, often enlisting viewers as participants in his pieces. He invited Carter Hodgkin to show her paintings “because in her work she is able to create a visual manifestation of science; each representation is delightful to see and extremely well-executed.”
There’s nothing better than a good recommendation from a knowledgeable source—Thompson Giroux invites visitors to discover new talent and make the connections as artists become curators for Friend of a Friend.