March 3 - April 2, 2018
‘Blooms’ introduces new mixed media collage work from NY-based artist Dana McClure that integrates organic matter in each piece. Press flowers preserved from last season are abstracted and integrated with watercolor and gouache experiments as well as paintings on Japanese rice paper. The resulting compositions extend Dana’s layering experiments that began in her ‘Curiosities’ series, from which new work is also presented in the show.
About the Artist
Dana McClure lives and works out of her studio in upstate New York. Her most recent work integrates a range of media including painting, collage, and printmaking. With a BFA from Syracuse University in Communication Design and an MFA from Parsons School of Design for Design & Technology, Dana has art directed print, motion, and interactive projects for business, non-profit, and cultural clients worldwide. In 2008, she won a Telly Award for an internationally distributed documentary film that she directed and co-produced entitled ‘Odd Ones Out’ about transgender youth. After ten years of teaching 2D Design and Time-Based Media at Parsons The New School for Design and New York University, Dana has left NYC and her Brooklyn studio of 13 years. Currently residing in Olivebridge, NY with her husband and two children, her focus is now on self-initiated artwork and she co-owns Ravenwood, a space that inspires creative exchange around the table – where farming, food and design meet.
About the Work
The focus of my Dana’s work is on developing a visual language that results from a subconscious response to informed decision making. Her process often begins with a strict set of rules or parameters to guide each series. These limitations could be based on materials, scale, color or a specific type of imagery that suggests a certain narrative. From here, she works to deconstruct, transform and challenge this original structure through the process of collage, painting, printmaking and digital manipulation. Utilizing these mediums in an intuitive and responsive way, leads to new discoveries and endless variations in form. She enjoys exploring the space between abstraction and representation as well as pixel and pigment.