THE WETTED SCROLL SERIES – J.LANGDON EXHIBITION

 

DIANE SOPHRIN WETTED SCROLLS EXHIBITION AT J.LANGDON

 

 

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 WETTED SCROLL SERIES

The Wetted Scroll Series was begun in Budapest during the autumn of 2016. These first pieces were then rolled up and brought home. Work continued here in my Montpelier studio through the winter and I completed the series in early 2017. The works then returned to Budapest to be shown as part of a large solo exhibition in the Ferencváros Historical Museum later that spring. This exhibition at J.Langdon is their first US showing. To see the series in its entirety, click here.

I generally work in series, following the thread of a visual idea often gleaned from my previous works, or fed by hints received from something I’ve seen – maybe from artwork in a museum, gallery, book, or on the web; maybe from forms, textures or colors on walls, streets, etc. Sometimes the art materials themselves suggest the path to take, each piece guiding me to the next. It’s an intuitive process and an enjoyable one. With a stack of already prepared blank pages at hand, I work quickly, not lingering too long on any one piece and waiting till the end to appraise the entire group and judge it as a whole.

This working on stitched coated papers began years ago, in part a response to my desire to work large while keeping the works portable. There were, simultaneously, aethetic and associative reasons that this format evolved. The stitched scroll was for me a clear, meaningful reference to Torah scrolls. The free-hanging flexible panels suggested all kinds of historical tapestries and scrolls from different cultures, which pleased me. The surface texture that developed sometimes appeared leather-like, allowing for an impression of thickness and weight in a relatively thin paper. The stitching itself came to suggest wounds and the repair of skin itself, creating constrasting sensations drawn from both art and life – a cacophony of harmony and rawness I continue to find both stimulating and provocative.

I started drawing/painting on wet, coated paper surfaces in 2015 and 2016, with my Tablet Series, Black Monolith Series and Wetted Pages Series. The wet chalks give a sensuous feel to the act of mark-making, while the pooling tints of their dissolved pigments with additional touches of watercolor provide a lushness of color.

The forms themselves developed naturally from the divided sections of the vertical pages, initially formulating themselves as halves, which came to be joined with a neck and later unified into varied abstract configurations of a single, standing figural form.

Since completion of the Wetted Scrolls Series, I continue to be compelled by this mix of media and form, pushing stitched paper works into an expanded use of materials, mark-making and scale.

– Diane Sophrin
Montpelier, Vermont
8.28.18

 

 

 

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NEWS AND EXHIBITIONS

 

 

LATEST GROUP EXHIBITION:
ANTICIPATION

STELLA QUARTA DECIMA GALLERY

SQD GALLERY. ANTICIPATION

SQD Gallery
Invites you to the opening of its Inaugural Exhibition
featuring works by Matthew Monk, James Rauchman, Hannah Morris,
Diane Sophrin, Kate Burnim, and Lynn Newcomb

Friday 13th August
4:00pm – 8:00pm
3568 Main St., Manchester, VT. 05255

RSVP: benward@stellaquartadecima.com

 

 

VIRTUAL STUDIO VISIT and LECTURE:
WORKING THROUGH OUR PLAGUES – RECENT PAINTINGS BY DIANE SOPHRIN
BETH JACOB SYNAGOGUE EVENTS PROGRAM

WORKING THROUGH OUR PLAGUES. Recent Paintings by Diane Sophrin

ZOOM presentation: Sunday, May 23rd, 2021.
Beth Jacob Synagogue, Montpelier, Vermont.

I have worked a great deal over this past year; that effort serving as both anchor and compass during these challenging times! Now it’s a pleasure to be able to share this recent work. Join me in my studio via Zoom to see and learn about this new body of work.

Watch the recorded ZOOM event: here

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITION:
WINDOWS & DOORS EXHIBITION / AJTÓ, ABLAK KIÁLLÍTÁS
SOCIETY OF HUNGARIAN PAINTERS JURIED EXHIBITION

Doors & Windows - exhibition invitation

April 22 – May 10, 2021
FUGABudapest Center of Architecture

Online opening: April 23rd, 2021
Remarks by Ferenc Matits, art historian
Musical performance by István Grencsó
Stream live or watch afterwards on the FUGA You Tube channel here:

Yet another trans-Atlantic voyage for my works, yet another exhibition filled with new and exciting works by my Hungarian colleagues and friends but empty of the artists themselves. The same creative impulse that impels the Society, its president Albert Kováts and the members to continue working and exhibiting is what inspired me to make my latest Ajtó, ablak pieces and ship them halfway across the world to Budapest. FUGA is a great place and is doing a wonderful job documenting and presenting all their current events – lectures, concerts and art exhibitions.

Take a look on the FUGA website here and youtube channel here.

 

 

NEW GALLERY REPRESENTATION:
SQD GALLERY

DOMINANT SPHERES - FRONT

A new regional gallery, SQD GALLERY (Stella Quarta Decima) has opened its virtual doors, with actual exhibitions in the works for this coming  summer. Founder and curator Benjamin Ward has chosen six Vermont artists to represent. I am pleased to be among them and a part of this new initiative.

Visit the SQD website here to view the work and learn about the gallery and artists.

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITION:
PART > WHOLE EXHIBITION / RÉSZ > EGÉSZ KIÁLLÍTÁS
SOCIETY OF HUNGARIAN PAINTERS JURIED EXHIBITION

Part > Whole invitation

October 16 – November 15, 2020
Vértes Agorája Modern Art Gallery
Szent Borbála tér 1, Tatabánya

My latest collage pieces Spherical Fragments remarkably made it to Budapest in three days where they joined the works of 46 Hungarian colleagues in the public gallery of the City Art Center of Tatabánya, not far from Budapest. In the midst of the pandemic this group exhibition opened, with commentary offered by Balázs Feledy, art critic and writer.

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITION:
HORIZON EXHIBITION / HORIZONT KIÁLLÍTÁS
SOCIETY OF HUNGARIAN PAINTERS JURIED EXHIBITION

HORIZON EXHIBITION

September 25 – October 24, 2020
Érdi Gallery
Alsó Street 2, Érd

What a world! I remain embedded for better and for worse here in Vermont. Nevertheless, my work, the first of the Spheres of Destiny series made expressly for this exhibit, was submitted digitally as usual, accepted by the jury, and shipped via FedEx to Budapest where it joins the works of 49 Hungarian colleagues in the public gallery of Érd, just outside Budapest.

 

 

UPCOMING SOLO EXHIBITION:
SMALL BOOK OF CHAOS / A KÁOSZ KIS KÖNYVE

A KÁOSZ KIS KÖNYVE / SMALL BOOK OF CHAOS

RESCHEDULED FOR FALL, 2021!
originally scheduled: April 28 – May 30, 2020
Open Workshop / Nyított Műhély
Ráth György Street 4
Budapest 1123

On March 17, 2020, the Corona Virus descended upon the world. Borders closed and flights were cancelled. I never left Vermont. As of January 9, 2021, the situation continues to worsen and travel remains impossible. This exhibition has just been postponed again and is now tentatively re-scheduled for the Fall of 2021!

 

 

INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION:
ReVISION: ART AT THE KENT

DIANE SOPHRIN - SCRAWLS AT THE KENT

September 6 – October 6, 2019
Kent Museum, Kents’ Corner, Calais, Vermont

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITION:
PRESENT CONTINUOUS: COMMENTARY AND FORM

PRESENT CONTINUOUS: COMMENTARY AND FORM EXHIBITION - STUDIO PLACE ARTS

May 14 – June 29, 2019
Studio Place Arts Third Floor Gallerz
201 North Main Street, Barre, VT 05641

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITION:
ISLAND EXHIBITION / SZIGET KIÁLLÍTÁS

SOCIETY OF HUNGARIAN PAINTERS JURIED EXHIBITION 

Island / Sziget exhibit. 3

November 6 – 27, 2018
Vízivárosi Gallery
Kapás Street 55
Budapest 1027

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITION: 
WETTED SCROLL SERIES – J.LANGDON EXHIBITION

DIANE SOPHRIN WETTED SCROLLS EXHIBITION AT J.LANGDON

September 7 – September 30, 2018
J.Langdon Art & Antiques
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITION:
TELL ME

TELL ME EXHIBIT AT SPA

May 22 – June 30, 2018
Studio Place Arts
201 North Main Street
Barre, VT 05641 

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITION
PRESENT CONTINUOUS / FOLYAMATOS  JELEN

DIANE SOPHRIN MEGHIVO - FOLYAMATOS JELEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 13th  – May 15th, 2018
Open Workshop (Nyitott Muhely)
Ráth György Street 4
Budapest 1123

 

GROUP EXHIBITION: 
IN MEMORY OF GÁBOR KARÁTSON / KARÁTSON GÁBOR EMLÉKEZETE
SOCIETY OF HUNGARIAN PAINTERS JURIED EXHIBITION 

Karacson Gabor opening

MAY 3 – 21, 2018
FUGA – Budapest Center of Architecture

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITION:
WHITE PAINTINGS / FEHÉR KÉPEK
SOCIETY OF HUNGARIAN PAINTERS JURIED EXHIBITION 

WHITE PAINTINGS EXHIBITION OPENING - 1

 

 

 

 

 

November 16 – December 7. 2017
City Library and Gallery
Szigetszentmiklós

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITION:
GARDEN OF EXILE / A SZÁMŰZÖTT PARKJA
SOCIETY OF HUNGARIAN PAINTERS JURIED EXHIBITION 

Garden of Exile Exhibit Opening Night - 1

October 5th – 28th, 2017
Széphárom Community Center
Budapest
 

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITION:
DIANE SOPHRIN: NEW WORKS AND FREE ASSOCIATIONS
DIALOGS WITH ATTILA JÓZSEF

September 14th  – October 14th, 2017
Ferencvárosi Historical Museum
18 Ráday Street 18 (entrance on 15 Erkel Street)
Budapest 1092

 

 

FÉSZEK ARTISTS’ CLUB MEMBERSHIP:

FÉSZEK ARTISTS' CLUB

 

FÉSZEK ARTISTS' CLUB

FÉSZEK ARTISTS' CLUB

Diane Sophrin is honored to be accepted as a member of this creative arts organization for painters, architects, sculptors, musicians, singers and actors. Read more here and here about this historically significant Hungarian creative arts organization founded in Budapest in 1901.