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Paper Trails Paper Tales – Opening Reception & Meet The Artist

November 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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NOVEMBER 7 – DECEMBER 22, 2023

Paper Trails Paper Tales
KEES HOLTERMAN
REBECCA TENNENBAUM
LORETTA VIOLANTE
TAMSEN WOJTANOWSKI

MEET THE ARTISTS & RECEPTION: Friday, November 10, 6 – 8 PM | Talk at 7 PM.

Pentimenti Gallery’s group exhibition Paper Trails Paper Tales comes at a time when we are living in an increasingly ‘paperless’ world. We encourage paperless workplaces, while newspapers and even paper money are steadily diminishing. The temporality of the material has become rather evident.

Within this group exhibition, the artists have deliberately chosen this cherished material. Through a diverse range of artistic processes including sculpture, printmaking, and drawing, they promise to captivate us with their innovative perspectives in the works on display.

Kees Holterman is an artist and storyteller. After a recent health issue, Kees found inspiration in recounting tales of facing his fear and uncertainty with vulnerability. Influenced by his background as a printmaker, Kees seamlessly intertwines shapes and colors. As the drawing evolves, he gradually incorporates Social Realist and American Folk art aesthetics, allowing for a deeper expression of his narratives. His intimate scenes portray true honesty and humor that invites you into his impactful personal stories.

Kees Holterman received his BFA from Temple University. He has exhibited at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Cambridge, MA; ArtSpace at Untitled, Oklahoma City, OK; Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA and more. He finished a residency at ArtSpace at Untitled, Oklahoma City, OK in 2022. His work has been published in The New Yorker; New American Paintings; Booooooom; and more. Kees was a Hopper Prize, finalist in 2022 and received the Print Center Award for Academic Excellence by Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA.

Rebecca Tennenbaum aspires to depict cerebral landscapes in her mixed media works on paper. Her focus lies in exploring the mental and metaphorical realm of how we navigate problem-solving. The shapes and imagery she integrates are abstract, evoking the ethereal quality of dream-like experiences.
Rebecca employs linear elements resembling grids, clocks, or diagrams to illustrate a framework of beliefs, assumptions, and concepts that provide a lens on reality.

Rebecca Tennenbaum received her BFA and MAT from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, and her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been

exhibited in the Delaware County Community College, Media, PA; Fuller Rosen Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; ChaShaMa, Brooklyn, NY and more. She recently received the Illuminate the Arts Grant from the Philadelphia Office of Art and Culture, Philadelphia, PA; Oakley Medal of Achievement, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Johnson, VT, and Albert M. Greenfield Fine Arts Award, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

Loretta Violante Having spent her formative years along the Hudson River, Loretta was profoundly shaped by the juxtaposition of the river’s natural backdrop and the urban landscape of New York City. She infuses her creations with the essence of these contrasting terrains, evident in her thoughtful selection of materials, color palette, and form. Loretta’s sculptures come to life through her fusion of opposing elements—sturdy, unyielding wires coalesce with pliable, textured papier-mâché; vibrant bursts of color harmonize with understated, neutral hues. In this distinct symbiotic realm, her sculptures manifest as characters, weaving a narrative that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Loretta Violante received her BA and MFA from CUNY, New York City, NY. Her work was exhibited at The Colin Chase Gallery, New York, NY; Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA and more. She recently was an artist in residence at Manson Art Residency, Monson, ME. Her awards include Connor Graduate Award in Studio Art, 1st Place, The City College of New York, New York, NY; Holly T. Popper Art Scholarship Award, The City College of New York, New York, NY; Provost’s Prize in Art, The City College of NY, New York, NY and more.

Tamsen Wojtanowski utilizes paper as a medium to document and contemplate history. She pays tribute to her past and present identities through the use of cyanotype emulsion, a material acutely responsive to the passage of time and exposure. Wojtanowski embraces her position as a mother, reflecting on a previous version of herself, and the chaos that accompanies the gift of children. This new phase offers her a fresh perspective, akin to discovering the world anew through the eyes of this current self. Her artwork and studio serve as a sanctuary for contemplation, a space to delve into profound inquiries often overlooked in the busyness of adulthood.

Tamsen Wojtanowski received her BS from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, and her MFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Philadelphia, PA. She has exhibited notably at Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA; and more. She was a semifinalist for The Print Center International Competition, Philadelphia, PA; Emerging Artist Scholarship recipient, Lucie Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Fotofilmic Spring Shortlist, Vancouver, BC; Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA, and more. Her work is in the following collections Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY; Fotofilmic; Vancouver, BC, and more

For all inquiries, please contact us at mail@pentimenti.com or +1 215.625.9990.

Details

Date:
November 10
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Website:
https://www.pentimenti.com/exhibitions#/paper-trails-paper-tales/

Venue

Pentimenti Gallery
145 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
Phone
(215) 625-9990
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