Lawrence Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibit featuring the paintings of Barbara Straussberg. “Ribbon Paintings” will be on display October 4 to November 1, 2012. An opening reception will take place October 4 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 4:30 p.m.
Of her work, Straussberg says she is “always looking for new ways to apply the paint.” She describes her process as a personal journey, in which discovering new ways to manipulate her medium is the essence of her art. “Subconsciously, I draw from the world around me and record what I see and feel through paint,” she explains. “Color is my primary form of expression, but I also rely on line, form, surface texture, pattern, and collage.”
Opposing dynamics play an important role in Straussberg’s work. “I am concerned with how the elements of my paintings play against one another,” she says. “What happens if you put a chalky white texture next to a dark transparent field of color? Or, how can a scratched line dashing through a painted line create a new expressive form?”
Straussberg has exhibited in nearly 40 solo and group exhibitions since 1991, including the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Woodmere Art Museum, the Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia, as well as the Gawanghwamoon International Art Fair in Seoul, South Korea.
Her work has won numerous awards and has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Art Matters, and Gaslight. She holds a B.A. with distinction in art history from the University of Pennsylvania, and studied at Northwestern University and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.