The BankRI Galleries present:
BankRI Pitman Street Gallery: “Math Drawings by Jessica Deane Rosner,” December 3, 2015 through January 6, 2016. The branch is located at 137 Pitman Street in Providence. Hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact http://www.bankri.com or call 401 574-1330.
MEET THE ARTIST – Jessica Deane Rosner
Did you ever think to make a drawing about cleaning house? How about reading a classic novel? Or doing math homework?
Cranston artist Jessica Deane Rosner often transforms the most mundane of human activities into a visual banquet, complete with color, line and a bit of humor thrown in.
Her compact and intimate drawings focus in on life’s smallest details, and by doing so make the experience of life infinitely larger.
Raised in Manhattan, Rosner moved to Rhode Island in 1986, six years after graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art where she’d majored in enameling. When she realized she was often trying to ‘draw’ with glass she put away the kiln and switched to pen on paper. At first, she struggled to invent a style and voice completely her own.
“Eventually,” Rosner says “I was able to come up with two distinct bodies of work that satisfy my love of narrative combined with text, and my admiration of purely abstract work that while simple in form is not simple.”
Drawings of slinkys, embroidered text on cloth and paper, and one of her most well-known artworks, hundreds of household yellow rubber gloves covered with the entire text of James Joyce’s Ulysses, are all part of Rosner’s artwork.
For the Math Drawings, shown here at the BankRI Gallery, Rosner found a child’s math instruction book in a favorite bookstore in Brooklyn. She took pages from the old tattered book and used them as drawing paper. Familiar images of hers – horses, geometric forms, organic shapes and handwritten text – cover the pages and intertwine with the math text beneath.
The drawings are small, around 4” x 6.” Rosner explains her rationale, “For the most part, I like to work small to draw the viewer in, and, once I have their attention I like to hold it for a while.”
The juxtaposition of the methodical and impersonal math questions with the very personal and individual artwork makes for an intriguing tension, a tension Rosner enjoys.
She says “I appreciate the fact that the math questions have solutions, whereas artwork is always a bit of a mystery, even to the person making it.”
Rosner lives in Cranston with her husband Andy, cat Blanche and dog Alice.
The BankRI Galleries are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist and arts advocate.