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Judy Thomas Art Opening
March 17, 2017 @ 9:00 pm - 12:00 amFree
SPACE CREATE is pleased to present Judy Thomas’ new painting series MAPPING, in the main gallery at 115 Broadway, Newburgh, NY. In this exhibition, Thomas shows lyrical works that explore the formal elements of color, line and form, revisiting 20th century abstraction through a 21st century lens. Underlying the playful nature of Thomas’ new paintings is an investigation into broader concepts of chaos and chance.
Thomas begins each painting with her own version of the surrealist technique automatism which has informed her work for decades. As each painting develops, Thomas imparts a formal eye to the original marks and shapes, moving lines and forms to better serve the composition.
Judy Thomas grew up in the Midwest and began her formal art studies at the University of Iowa where she majored in painting, drawing and printmaking. She studied at the Yale Summer School of Art at Norfolk and a won a Harriet Hale Woolley fellowship to Paris to study with renowned printmaker S.W. Hayter at the Atelier 17. She elected to live in Europe for several years and then moved to New York City to attend graduate school at Hunter College. After completing her MFA in Painting in 1988, she joined the mass exodus of young artists to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The pioneering, renegade spirit of the early 90’s helped to shape the direction of Thomas’ art, when she began to create temporary, large scale sculptural works in abandoned warehouse spaces along the waterfront in Brooklyn.
Judy Thomas is known for her large scale site-specific sculptural installations that play with real and implied volumne and feature high-key color. Her installations have been shown at in The Arsenal Center for the Arts, Brandeis University, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and the Weathervane Gallery in Brooklyn. Thomas won a 2015 Individual Artist Commission grant from Arts Mid-Hudson for her community-responsive piece MATRIX:RENEWAL. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, The Detroit News, Huffington Post and the Mid-Hudson Times. Thomas lives and works in Newburgh, NY.