Trustman Art Gallery Presents "Line Acts"

October 13, 2015

A new Trustman Art Gallery exhibit by Stacey Cushner and Alexandra Rozenman opened October 5th.

Drawing is a way of thinking about, seeing, and recording an artist’s impressions. In Line Acts, currently on display in the Trustman Art Gallery, Stacey Cushner and Alexandra Rozenman demonstrate the possibilities of this art form. Although they both primarily use line, Cushner and Rozenman each present a unique perspective. While Cushner’s work is focused on the observable world, Rozenman’s explores the interior psychological landscape.

In her Tree Series, Cushner is masterful at showing the detail of nature. Spanish Pine, 2015, is an intricate observation of bark and contains a partial view of branches sans needles. Curving branches imply circular movement radiating off of the trunk, suggesting a whirling being. Looking more closely, the viewer can see the carefully placed marks, conveying every tittle and jot of the crevassed bark. Cushner is fascinated by the sculptural qualities of branches and bark, but also the spectrum of life and decay.

Contrastingly, Rozenman takes us to a topsy-turvy world, a place of shifting scale and “six impossible things before breakfast,” as she explores her identity as a Russian émigré who came to this country as a teen. Her works have a fairytale quality to them. Rozenman’s Stretch is a tour de force of subject and media working together. At the top of the image, a sagging red hammock shape guides the viewer into the work. Red droplets spread across the picture plane. Is it a red sky crying? Draped in an impossibly limber pose over the top rail-back of a chair, a being that appears partly human and partly bird-like peers out in a winsome, upside down way. A red bowl is under the chair, echoing the red form at the top of the image. With each viewing, another possible explanation presents itself, but none can really be rooted in reality.

Line Acts will be exhibited through November 5, 2015, in the Trustman Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the Main College Building. A reception will be held on Thursday, October 15, from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The Gallery will also continue its Lunchtime Lecture Series with a presentation by Associate Professor of Art Colleen Kiely on Tuesday, October 20, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Kiely will present “The Vision Thing: Seeing through Drawing,” followed by questions and conversation.

The Trustman Gallery is open to the Simmons community and the general public from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Stacey Cushner - Spanish Pine, 2015, graphite on Arches paper, 30 x 22”, photo: Mark Peterson

Alexandra Rozenman - Stretch, 2014, graphite and crayon on paper, 9 x 12”