Anita Loomis and Alexandra Rozenman
August 29 – September 30, 2018
First Friday Reception: September 7, 6:00–8:00pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, September 15, 2:00–3:00pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, September 30, 4:00–6:00pm
Untold Stories features a variety of paintings from each of these bold female artists and aims to challenge viewers by presenting scenes and situations that make you look twice. Loomis and Rozenman use wit, humor, and imagination to highlight some of humanities’ more curious behaviors, and their use of vibrant color alters circumstances from common life experiences.
Alexandra Rozenman's current series of paintings, originally titled "Transplanted," focuses on humorous narratives of cohabiting, moving with, running to, waiting for... with famous artists across history. By inserting herself into the paintings, she points out the irony of living with another artists’ work for inspiration.
Anita Loomis' narrative-driven paintings are playful and cartoonish, poking fun at some of human's less attractive characteristics such as vanity, clumsiness, or frustration. They encourage the viewer to notice how beautiful a simple line, color, or shape can be; how funny human behavior can be; or how interesting that something so plain and unassuming can touch souls or create laughter.
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Moscow-born and both classically and conceptually trained, Alexandra Rozenman brings a canny and charming mysticism to her life and art. During the eighties in the Soviet Union, she studied with Russian underground artists and was a part of the Moscow alternative cultural scene before immigrating to the United States in 1989. Rozenman holds BA from Empire State College in New York and MFA from Tufts University/Museum School and her work is exhibited internationally. She has had solo and two-person exhibitions at The French Cultural Center of Boston, the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery of Washington DC, Gallery 360 in Minneapolis, and Clark Gallery in Lincoln MA. Her group exhibitions include, among others, The Painting Center of New York, and the Moscow Center of Contemporary Art. Rozenman was a MacDowell Fellow in 2006 and is currently a Core Member at Fountain Street Gallery, Boston.
Anita Loomis lives and works from her home studio in Webster, Massachusetts. After earning a BA in studio art from Framingham State College she worked in the architectural glass field for years before turning her focus to painting in the early 2000s. Her work is often characterized by expressive line, vibrant color, and hints of her dark sense of humor. Loomis' work has exhibited internationally, and she is a Core Member at Fountain Street Gallery, the Global Network of Watercolor Painters, and Arts Worcester.