a SOLO exhibition of watercolors
HANCOCK SOLAR GALLERY @ NELSON KOHL
SCOTT PONEMONE, 2 by 2: Portraits of America
CURATED BY JORDAN FAYE BLOCK
OPENING RECEPTION | MARCH 9, 7–10PM
Jordan Faye Block & the Hancock Solar Gallery are delighted to present Baltimore-based painter, Scott Ponemone, 2 by 2: Portraits of America. His exhibition of large-scale watercolor portraits opens this Saturday March 9 with a Reception from 7–10pm at the gallery located at 20 E. Lanvale St. There are two other occasions to meet Scott, hear him speak about his work, and view the exhibition during non-gallery hours. If you cannot make the opening please join us at one of our Artist's Tea Salons: Wednesday March 20, from 6–8:30pm and Sunday April 7, from 2–5pm. 2 by 2: Portraits of America will be on view from March 7 through April 7, 2019.
TWO TEA SALONS |
WEDNESDAY, MAR 20 | 6–8:30 pm
SUNDAY, APR 7 | 2–5pm
@ Hancock solar gallery
20 E. Lanvale St | Nelson Kohl Apartment Building
Baltimore, MD, 21202
HOURS: Wed– Fri 2–7pm | Sat 1-5PM
2 by 2: Portraits of America | ARTIST STATEMENT
Meet your neighbors; meet your friends; meet total strangers eye to eye. These are the pairs of individuals that I met by chance in public places who were game enough to model for me on the spot. I didn’t ask what their relationship was, but I chose each couple to model because I had spied a certain dynamic active between them that I suspected could be caught on camera in a photo or two.
I asked them not to smile because smiles have a way of being masks. I sought expressions that brought forward the strength of each person, expressions that would confront the viewers of the resulting painting. Each person in each painting has a statement to make: “I am a person of worth. I am no more and no less than you.”
But why not simply present enlargements of the photos. Why paint them? First off, I feel that photos are flat. The rectangles of photos are like prisons, confining the subjects, freezing them in place. But painting each pair without a background allows them to come forward and meet you literally eye to eye. And somehow these thin applications of watercolor pigments give them great substance and, for lack of a better word, real body.
– Scott Ponemone
SCOTT PONEMONE: BIO
Education: BA, Amherst College 1971; MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1979
Media: watercolor, wood engraving
Exhibitions: 20 one-person shows since 1980 including shows in New York, Washington, Baltimore, Miami, Richmond and Annapolis.
Museum, University and Public Collections: Baltimore Museum of Art, City of Baltimore, Museum of the City of New York, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, U.S. Naval Academy, Maryland Historical Society, and the Johns Hopkins University.
Fellowships and Residencies: Green Olive Arts, Tetouan, Morocco; PECAH (Programme of Exchange in Culture and Art of Himalayas), Uttarkhand, India; The Studios of Key West, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Colony, Chateau at Rochefort en Terre, France (MICA), Hungarian Multicultural Center, School 33 Art Center, and Maryland Art Place.
Blogger: The ART I SEE blog on this website allows me to meet and present the work of 20th-century and contemporary printmakers, as well as discuss other artistic efforts that excite me. The ART I MAKE gets me the chance to discuss my own art making. A complete listing of both blogs can be found on my Blog Indexpage.
Volunteer work: Editor of the Newsletter for the Print, Drawing & Photography Society of the Baltimore Museum of Art; member of accessions committee for the BMA; open my house and show my print collection to printmaking and history-of-print classes from several Baltimore colleges.
ABOUT THE STUDIO & THE CURATOR
Thrive Atelier is a southern light–filled art exhibition space, yoga studio, and wellness hub located on the fifth floor of the Cork Factory, a former industrial building in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Founder Jordan Faye Block has created a haven for art, conversation, music and yoga. The studio is also home to Thrive Music events, art openings, and readings. The studio has viewing hours on Wednesdays and Fridays (10–2pm) & Sundays (1–4pm) the studio is open to the public to come by and view the current exhibition.
As an artist, designer, and curator – Jordan Faye Block earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (Mount Royal School of Art) and brings 19 years of experience in running art galleries & curating exhibitions to these new endeavours. Ms. Block received her BFA in Printmaking from Plymouth State University where she co-founded the PIP Gallery. Ms. Block has continued to make work throughout her 15 years in Baltimore. Her newest body of work was in a two person exhibition with Alex Kondner at Grey Matter Art Space this past June. Her large-scale paintings, drawings, and monotype installations have been shown in group exhibitions in New York, Baltimore and Chicago. She founded Jordan Faye Contemporary in 2006, curated 180 exhibitions, and brought her artists work to Miami, the Hamptons, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Ms. Block continues working with artists developing their careers, as well as assisting collectors in building their collections and providing installation and curatorial services for them. She lives & works in the Station North Arts District with her beau, Ned Sparrow, & her sweet cat, Scheherazade.