Theresa Bloise: Nocturnes
April 5 - May 10th, 2019
Theresa Bloise makes metaphysical landscape paintings that combine an expansive array of visual material. Her subject matter ranges from massive geological features to tiny specimens of human detritus. Her paintings bring this disparate visual material together in defiance of the laws of physics by playing on scale, spacial relationships and the combination of natural with synthetic. Her intention is to create a body of work that can be read as both still life and landscape: microscopic and monumental, primordial and apocalyptic.
In Nocturnes, Bloise borrows the name from Whistler’s series of gauzy night scapes paintings. For this show she created five works in response to the atmosphere of Sunny’s exhibition space. Through a combination of color and material choices, framing techniques and lighting effects these paintings of heavenly and earthly forms seemingly float in dreamy pools of light.
Theresa Bloise (born in Boston) received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied for a year in Rome as part of RISD’s European Honors Program. She recently completed a large scale immersive painting installation for the Wassiac Project’s “Vagabond Time Killers” exhibition. Her work has also been exhibited at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Smack Mellon, Kentler International Drawing Space, PS122 Gallery and Governors Island. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Lower East Side Printshop, the Vermont Studio Center, the Wassaic Project, and the Bronx Museum. In 2010 she received a New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowship.