Abstraction Today: Artist Panel Discussion
February 25, 6pm; Downtown Gallery
Hear from artists represented in the exhibition, Abstraction Today as they discuss their works in person. Artists Neil Anderson, Tim McFarlane, Nathan Pankratz, and Rebecca Rutstein will be in conversation in the gallery. A reception follows the event.
About the Artists
Neil Anderson holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, and from 1958-1999, served as Professor of Painting at Bucknell. He is currently represented by the Bridgette Mayer Gallery and his work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Fischbach Gallery in New York, and the Larry Becker Gallery in Philadelphia. His work has been written about in ARTnews, Art in America, and the New York Times, among other publications. He lives and works in Lewisburg.
Tim McFarlane lives in Philadelphia, PA, where he maintains his studio. In 1994, he earned his BA from Temple University/Tyler School of Art. Since 2002, the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia has represented and mounted several solo exhibitions of his work. McFarlane’s paintings have been exhibited widely in the U.S. including, New York City, Boston, California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia and are included in a number of private and public art collections, including Bucknell University, Temple University, and West Virginia University. In his paintings, McFarlane uses layers of geometric and gestural marks and matrices to address issues related to memory, process, and states of becoming.
A Philadelphia-based artist, Rebecca Rutstein received her BFA (magna cum laude) from Cornell University and her MFA from University of Pennsylvania. She has received grants from Pew Charitable Trusts, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, and the Independence Foundation, and awarded artist residencies in Iceland, Canada, Hawaii and Vermont. Rutstein has exhibited extensively throughout the United States in museums, galleries, and institutions, including Philadelphia International Airport, George Billis Gallery (LA), Denise Bibro Gallery (NY), seven solo shows at Bridgette Mayer Gallery (Philadelphia), and two solo shows at Sylvia White Gallery (Ventura). A visiting artist at University of Texas and University of Pennsylvania among others, Rutstein’s work is found in public collections including Temple University, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Fox Chase Cancer Center.
Nathan Pankratz holds an MFA from the University of the Arts and lives and works in Philadelphia. His work often requires orchestrating elaborate attempts to trick his paintings into acting like something else—like photos, or collage, and most recently coaxing a sense of the cinematic by letting the paintings record their own production in real-time. Sometimes their fabrication requires the use of oversized equipment to maximize the economy of a single brushstroke, or the need for multiple hands, passing brushes back and forth in a highly choreographed act. “It’s about slowing down the information by playing with its mode.”