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Japaneseart on display at Barrel 135 for First Friday
By Converge Gallery
August 27, 2012
Converge Gallery and Barrel 135 are pleased to announce a showing of artwork by Misako Oba and Tina Yesenofski at Barrel 135. The work will hang from September 7 - September 30, 2012. Barrel 135 is located at 135 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, Pa 17701.
About the Artists
Misako Oba's work explores human life as a journey, and is a metaphor for our lives. It is both a deep examination of her soul and an exploration of universal experiences. In her work you will often find the contrast of darkness and light. It also depicts the beauty of life with its transient nature.
She has spent much of her career exploring these themes using photography including a traditional chemical process such as gelatin silver prints and toning. As she continues pursuing art, she has expanded to mixed-media painting, especially incorporating text, photographic images and encaustic that based on the individual concept of each series.
Tina Yesenofski's portraits are about discovering insecurities in individuals, but presenting their bodies with such solidity that it glorifies them despite their weathered, awkward, androgynous, or sickly characteristics. She presents them in poses that are powerful rather than submissive, because the individuals she chooses tend to have an intense lust for life, despite their physical awkwardness. Through her portraits, she investigates the ironic contrast between a decrepit outer shell and vivacity within.
Often, her portraits seem to diminish or skew the sexual attributes of the figures. By making the sexuality of the figures less apparent, she makes them less vulnerable to or available for stereotyping. She wants to liberate these figures from society's harsh criticism of their physical deformities and unconventional physical appearances. By creating a beautiful drawing, or beautiful artwork based on an individual who does not conform to cultural notions of beauty, it becomes apparent that the individual is in fact quite deserving of rumination.
About Converge Gallery
Converge Gallery exhibits a variety of fine contemporary art (photography, paintings, mixed media, sculpture, installations and drawings). The gallery represents the talents of many artists local and non-native, emerging and established. Based in historic downtown Williamsport, PA, Converge Gallery is located at 140 West Fourth Street. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday 11am-7pm and Saturday 11am-5pm. For more information, please call: 570-435-7080, or visit: www.convergegallery.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
About Barrel 135
Barrel 135 offers a casual dining atmosphere. They are Williamsport's gastro-pub serving great food, a good selection of beer and wine, and an extensive martini list. They are open for lunch Monday - Friday 11:30-2pm, dinner Monday - Saturday 5-10p, and bar hours Monday - Saturday till 2am. For reservations call (570) 322-7131 or online at http://www.barrel135.net/.