From The Drawer
JENNIFER CROSON and GREG LETSON
November 1-November 29, 2021
This is our new section to welcome budding collectors to the work of contemporary working artists.
A graduate of both SUNY Geneseo and Queens College, Croson is the Chair of Visual Arts at The Marymount School of New York, and has had solo exhibitions at The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ, and Private Public Gallery in Hudson, NY. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including The Attleboro Arts Museum, The Indiana State Museum, Pierogi 2000, Ruth Bachofner, Gale Gates Art Center, Black+Herron Space, The Drawing Center, Dooley Le Cappellaine, Hallwalls, Herron Test-Site, Artists Space, Four Walls, and The Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX. Croson is fascinated by found photos and the stories they reveal. She extracts people in their frozen gestures, interiors, landscapes and resets them in a new narrative by adding pictorial space, textures, and colors to infuse new life with all the participating fragments.
A multi-disciplinary artist who has worked in the NYC metro-area since 1980, his artworks include painting, sculpture, digital imaging, photography, film & video, sound collage & music. Letson lives and works in Hoboken, NJ. Greg Letson’s paintings strive for an absence of agenda. They aspire to simply be images consisting of color, shapes and structure which resolve themselves within the mind of each viewer. Made without planning or preliminary studies, Letson’s images are products of unfolding, improvisational sequences and bear witness to the impulses, decisions and actions that occurred during their making. While they inescapably reflect his thoughts & feelings during their making, his works are intentionally un-programmatic and anti-representational. They contain no direct referents, metaphors, analogies or concrete, real-world corollaries; they exist solely as visual compositions which invite and welcome a multiplicity of readings. Letson’s inspiration is drawn from a great number of places, from early 20th century modernist abstraction, buddhist mandalas, mid-century west-coast hard-edge painting to Shaker hymns, baroque fugues, Song Dynasty paintings, Peter Handke’s non-mimetic theatre (Sprechstücke) and contemporary architecture/industrial design.