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Blossoms – Magic Mirror by Joel Handorff at Ivy Brown Gallery

Ivy Brown Gallery is pleased to present Blossoms – Magic Mirror by Joel Handorff. The exhibit is comprised of new works that explore transparency, surface, and layering, reimagining the idea of a “flower painting.” The flowers in these paintings melt and fold into a mysterious space. Blossoms emerges out of a spirit of experimentation. Conventions are discarded, producing a new vernacular.

Handorff’s process uses thread, paint, and transparent materials. Surfaces mix and match with overlays. The paintings free themselves from representation and become essences. The techniques were developed at Handorff’s studio in embroidery factory Penn & Fletcher, with the guidance and support of master embroiderer Ernie Smith. Handorff explains: “For these new works, I used an embroidered template to create something that has given me a whole new understanding of my painting. Through sewing I transformed the abstract imagery. By laying one skin on top of the other, and pounding the paint into myriad surfaces through the template, I moved into a more integrated advancement of earlier experimentation. The imagery of fossils has always intrigued me. These blossoms have become fossilized through this process.”

The Exhibit runs May 14th – June 25th 2019
Opening Reception Tuesday, May 14th 2019 6pm-8pm
Artists’ roundtable discussion: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 6–8pm
Performance evening with Jorge Clar: Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6–8pm
Closing Event—Portraits drawn by artists: Saturday, June 22, 2019, 2–6pm

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