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Angela Dufresne

Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath–Force of Nature
Glyndor Gallery | June 7– September 7, 2015


Pictured above: Lake Champlain Car Ferry, 2013, oil on canvas, 42" x 62". Courtesy of Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY


Dufresne’s work consistently unsettles; with a loose stroke that often diversifies into dabs, dribbles and splatters, she stages scenes of celebration that hint at violence, excess or discomfort. Drawing on everything from 18th-century rococo to 1970s punk, her recent work shows images of people surviving after civilizations collapse, though the nature of the cause is unclear, whether from climate change, social injustice or financial meltdown. Dufresne is also a prolific video artist, and her two mediums are related by the act of performance: her paintings are often completed in only a few frantic sittings, just as quickly as she shoots her amateur-like videos. Her handling of paint suggests intractable natural forces that could literally and figuratively carry the viewer away. The uncontrollable aspect of nature is most visible in the handling of paint itself; the medium, its viscosity and fluidity, has taken on a life of its own.

Dufresne has had solo and two-person exhibitions at Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; and The Suburban, Chicago, IL. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, ME; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY; and The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, among other venues. Residencies awarded include those from Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA; and Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA. Angela Dufresne received a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, MO, and an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. She is an Assistant Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.

Pictured above: Yaddo, 2013, oil on canvas, 42” by 62”, courtesy of Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY

Pictured above: Field Party, 2012, oil on canvas, 34” x 50”,  courtesy of Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.