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January 1, 1970 to January 1, 1970

Jessica Demcsak: Intimate Spaces

Influenced by the concepts of place, structure, and phenomenology first espoused by theorists such as Gaston Bachelard, Jessica Demcask creates paintings of buildings and landscapes on handmade wooden boxes that add a three dimensional element to her work. Part sculpture, part painting, the surface image is a simplified silhouette of a place the artist has visited and documented with photographs.

For Demcsak, the layering of opaque and transparent layers of paint are akin to her memories of that specific place, while the small scale of the wooden objects create a sense of preciousness and nostalgia. As the artist states “Painting in such a devoted way will hopefully reflect the closeness of the viewer’s gaze. The idea that the viewer will share the same space as I did while creating the painting is fascinating. Sharing and experience through an object relates to the idea of memories contained in a space.”

Demcsak received an M.F.A. in Painting from the University of the Arts and an M.A. in Art Education from Kean University, Union, NJ. Recent exhibitions include: Endings and Beginnings,  Rock Paper Scissors Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ (2006); City as Nature,  Afif Gallery, Philadelphia (2006); Food for Thought, Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, Newark, NJ (2005); Urban Life, Esther Klein Gallery, Philadelphia (2005); Local Color, Artspace 129, Montclair, NJ (2005);  “Window on Broad”, Rosenwald-Wolf Galleries, Philadelphia (2005); Maple Street Gallery, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ (2005); James Howe Gallery, Kean University, Union, NJ (2005); New American Painting, Open Studio Press Exhibition in Print (2005); Happy Birthday, Nova Fine Art, Clinton, NJ (2003); WIP, Rosenwald-Wolf Galleries, Philadelphia (2003); and International Juried Competition, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ (2002). In 2005, Demcsak was the recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Grant and a Food for Thought Fellowship from the Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center.