The Gallery of Art, Temple University Rome, is delighted to present A Jug, A Glove and Things That Are Still, an exhibition of the works of Cynthia Bassan, Rena Effend, and Patricia Glee Smith.
The show pairs three women artists who focus their work on the careful investigation of the world around them, through the shared qualities of the mediums of painting and photography. Linked by their interest in the observation of the real, the quotidian, the monumental, the three artists elevate their subjects to a realm beyond our everyday, in search of an emotion or state of mind, realized by means of the basics of art making: subject, light, color, the artists’ eye.
For Bassan, the camera allows her to transfer the image onto the canvas, to capture the minute details of the source material. Through pure oil paint, and her generous eye, the artist shows the magic and poetry in everyday reality. Although the camera does not have a place in the works of Patricia Smith, who paints directly from life, we might identify a connection to the manipulation of the photographic image in the clear lines, the dramatic light effects, the moment captured in time. Rena Effendi, a photographer, does the opposite. Following a period of study in painting, she took her first photograph in 2001. The painterly use of light gives the photographs the look of the Dutch masters. Her work is a collection of stories, of people and places, of small village life in her native Azerbijan, gathered during years of travels, taken with the camera but with the emotional connection that defies the interruption of the camera lens.
Linked by their interest in the observation of the real, the quotidian, the unmonumental, the three artists take their subjects and elevate them to a realm beyond our everyday, in search of an emotion or state of mind. This is realized by means of the basics of art making: subject, light, color, and the artists’ eye.
Patricia Smith was born in Illinois (USA), and received a BFA from the University of Illinois. She came to Italy to study etching at the Scuola del Libro in Urbino. She was a contributing artist for the New Yorker Magazine; an expedition artist in Italy, Turkey, Yemen and Tibet; arts director of the National Museum of Oriental Arts in Rome; a fellow of the MacDowell Foundation for writers and artists and of the Ragdale Foundation, USA. She has exhibited extensively in Italy and internationally since 1977 and her works are featured in private and public collections.
Cynthia Bassan is a Rome-based painter. Classical studies and a degree in literature and foreign languages are the basis of her formal studies. A self-taught, she has devoted herself to painting from a very young age, learning her technique from the classical painters. The still life and in particular the portrait, often of her daughters, are her subjects. She has exhibited in Italy, and her works are in several private collections.
Rena Effendi was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. Concerned with small village life in her native country, through an observation of people’s intimate connection to their homes and to spaces that link them to their history and traditions. She has produced two books, Pipe Dreams: A Chronicle of Lives along the Pipeline in 2009 and Liquid Land in 2013; she is the recipient of several international photography awards; her work has been exhibited worldwide including at the 52nd Venice Biennale, the 2009 Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Saatchi Gallery in London, Breda Museum in the Netherlands and other venues.
Effendi is a finalist in the prestigious 2019 Prix Pictet prize with her series Built on Grass and her work will be on display at the Victoria & Albert from November 13th.
Courtesy of ILEX Gallery for the loan of the photographs.
Where: Temple University Rome Lounge
Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia, 15
When: Nov 5th 2019 – Nov 27th 2019
Opening Tuesday, Nov 5th at 7 pm