Judy Pfaff, Isaac Abrams, Kirk Mangus
Recent Works by Judy Pfaff, Isaac Abrams, and Kirk Mangus
424 Findlay Street
Cincinnati, OH 45214
January 25, 2019 - April 6, 2019
JUDY PFAFF (b. 1946) was born in London and later settled in America at the age of thirteen. She received her B.F.A. from Washington University and her M.F.A. from Yale University. From the beginning of her career in the 1970s, Pfaff has worked with a wide and unusual range of materials and moves back and forth easily between two- and three-dimensional work, creating art that is complex, profuse, and unique. Her dynamic, exuberant, large-scale works incorporate many different media. Like her installations, Pfaff’s prints have a three-dimensional presence and flowing quality with layered circles, lines and organic shapes echoing throughout the images. To bring the overall compositions together, her prints are often completed with hand-applied paints, fabric dyes, and collage layering. Pfaff was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2004 and was featured in PBS’s Art 21 in 2007. Her innovative work has brought her wide acclaim from galleries and museums throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East, and her work can be found in such prestigious collections as the Detroit Institute of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Pfaff lives and works in Kingston and Tivoli, New York.
ISAAC ABRAMS (1939-) began producing drawings and paintings in 1965. An early self-taught pioneer of psychedelic art, his densely painted canvases depict organically bio-morphing hallucinogenic landscapes. Multi-colored or dot matrix-like in composition, Abrams paintings and drawings are structural explorations into interior and exterior happenings. In the monograph “Psychedelic Art” published 1968, authors Robert E. L. Masters & Jean Houston describe the artist’s paintings and drawings,“ Abrams works might best be described as ecstatic inscapes.“(p.119). This exhibition will include a selection of painting and drawings from the 1960s to the present. ”
KIRK MANGUS (1952 - 2013) was the head of Ceramics at Kent State university from 1985-2013, where he was regarded as a beloved mentor to generations of students. He received a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from Washington State University, Pullman. He lectured widely in China, Japan, Korea, France, Italy, Finland, Lithuania, Canada and throughout the United States. His pottery wheel demonstrations were viewed as extraordinary performances. He was the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, four Ohio Arts Council Fellowships, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, and a McKnight Fellowship Residency at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.