Having curated five to six art shows
per year over the past three years at Salus University, Elynne Rosenfeld decided to put a more personal spin on some of the upcoming shows.
The first result is “Compatible Contrasts,” currently displayed in the D’Arrigo Family Gallery
outside the Bennett Lounge at the Hafter Student Community Center. It features the work of three artists: Stuart Lehrman, Citlally Miranda and Alan Lankin.
Rather than choosing individual artists herself for exhibits, Rosenfeld is usually approached by groups of artists to showcase their work. “,” the Salus community show that she curates annually, is one example of shows that are somewhat randomly assembled.
But the “Compatible Contrasts” exhibit is the first time Rosenfeld has created a combination of individual artists to feature. She had seen the work of Lehrman and Miranda in person, and Lankin had contacted her directly to be considered. She began to follow all three artists on Instagram and they emerged as an organic fit for “Compatible Contrasts.”
“I was attracted to the work of these three artists and their compatibility for showing simultaneously because they all in some way seem to be creating meaningful dialogs between abstract forms in abstract space,” said Rosenfeld. “For all three there is a macro/micro element, a pensiveness and an experimental quality. Yet each artists arrives in his/her own distinctive idiom.”
Lehrman began his career on the West Coast where he showed his work at galleries in San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles and Dallas. His early work focused on richly colored ceramics, painted wooden and found object sculptures. He relocated to upstate New York in the 1990s and worked as art director for the New York State Health Department. Eight years ago he moved to Philadelphia where he teaches design courses at the Philadelphia University component of Jefferson University. His work has appeared at the InLiquid Art & Design Gallery in Philadelphia; at the Ninth Annual Art and Earth Exhibition in Pittsburgh, Pa; the Stockton University Museum in Atlantic City, N.J.; and at the Cosmopolitan Club Philadelphia.
“My practice involves the dialogue between order and chaos. The process is a constant experiment with the physical properties of any mark making material I am using – always moving between addition and subtraction, making and unmaking. It’s a call and response conversation, much like an improvisational jazz set. All working to a place where I lose control, then struggling back to achieve the right balance between wild spontaneity and emotional restraint,” said Lehrman.
“This series of drawing started from a different place. A brief health scare sent me looking at cancer cell metastasis. Their physical beauty and clear orderly growth as they metastasize causes chaos in the host body. That said, I am still endeavoring to balance challenging discomfort and tension with underlying beauty,” he said.
Miranda, born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is now based in Philadelphia. Her multidisciplinary work spans photography, painting, drawing, collage, performance, video and more. Her work has been shown internationally in several collective shows and in five solo shows. Her work has also appeared in the Modern Art Museum in Santo Domingo, D.R.; the E. Leon Jimenes Collection in Santiago, D.R.; the Virginia Perez-Ratton Latin and Central American Contemporary Collections in San Jose, Costa Rica; and in other private and public collections in the U.S., Spain, Canada and others.
“I’ve been working for several years on identity – what is it? So I’m into research, reading about psychology, and I came up with some revealing ideas of what identity could be,” said Miranda. “I think bodies, the biological identity, are just containers of an abstract identity, a cultural and psychological identity. These pieces I’m showing are some of the ‘Background and Portraits’ series, to support my research related to an abstract in-out identity.”
Lankin was born and raised in Vineland, N.J., and became interested in drawing as a teenager. After moving to Philadelphia, he took drawing and painting classes at Fleisher Art Memorial, the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He has exhibited his paintings in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Arizona.
“My paintings, acrylic on canvas, are abstract explorations of color and shape, line and mass, movement and balance,” said Lankin. “I work improvisationally, intuitively developing the image. My love of color and movement, music and dance, are reflected in my paintings’ shapes and lines. The finished work often reveals the history of revisions in the pentimenti of paint. My paintings embrace ambiguity and are imbued with multiple meanings.”