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 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 GALLERY
201 NORTH MAIN STREET, BARRE, VT 05641

 

 

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.