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Workshop Series — Simultaneous Contrast: Experiments with Color

10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Crosstown Arts at Crosstown Concourse
1350 Concourse Avenue, Suite 280
Memphis, TN 38104 United States

Lifeworks, in conjunction with Crosstown Arts, is pleased to host Los Angeles-based artist, Pamela Jorden, to lead a painting workshop.  In Simultaneous Contrast: Experiments with Color, Jorden will guide participants through considerations of color, texture, and unexpected juxtapositions that inspire experimentation with paint and process. 

Registration fee $125 (materials not included). Lunch will be provided.
Space is limited. To register please email laurel@crosstownarts.org.

Workshop Description:
At Black Mountain College, Joseph Albers gave his students an exercise called the matière inviting them to explore their surroundings and collect materials, paying close attention to their visual and tactile qualities. Matières are ephemeral sculptural arrangements comprised of found materials. Amy Sillman and Munro Galloway created an assignment called Color Walk that asks participants to wander within their environment following a color or colors considering the use, context, and associations related to specific colors or combinations. Both exercises encourage careful consideration of what might usually be overlooked and ask the observer to notice context and contrast, similarity and difference.

Inspired by these prompts, participants in this workshop will be asked to take a walk in a particular location that influences how they think about their artwork. Participants will be asked to observe color and texture and the material qualities of this location and to bring found materials back into the studio.  Consideration of color, texture, and unexpected juxtapositions will inspire our experimentations with paint and process. Further instruction and suggested reading to follow.

This event is supported by Lifeworks in conjunction with Crosstown Arts.

About the artist:
Pamela Jorden (b. 1969, Knoxville, TN) received her BFA from University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1992 and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1996. Recent exhibitions include The Day in the Night with Katy Cowan at Philip Martin Gallery in Los Angeles. Jorden has had solo exhibitions at Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery (New York, NY); Romer Young Gallery (San Francisco, CA); David Patton Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA); and Mason Gross Art Gallery, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ).

Selected group exhibitions include Around Flat, Knockdown Center (Maspeth, NY); NOW-ISM: Abstraction Today at the Pizzuti Collection (Columbus, Ohio); Alice Konitz, Pamela Jorden, Jeff Ono at Samuel Freeman Gallery (Los Angeles, CA); Forms of Abstraction at the Irvine Fine Arts Center (Irvine, CA). Her work has been reviewed in numerous print and online publications including Art Forum, Art in America, ArtNews, and ArtPractical.

A monograph, Pamela Jorden 2004-2014, with an essay by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer and a conversation with Kaveri Nair and Alice Könitz has been released through Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery and Black Dog Publishing. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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