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2013 Summary and Exhibit News

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New Normal Postcard backWell it happened again…I took another hiatus from blogging. 2013 wrapped up nicely though!

Since I left teaching in May, many opportunities have come my way. In August I was hired on as an intern at the Denver Art Museum which allowed me to see the inner workings of the museum. I remained connected to art education and programming as I aided my superiors in the implementation of Final Friday events at the DAM. My solo exhibit in September was a success and I was a part of a group exhibition at the Firehouse Art Gallery in November. I also sold some pieces and completed a commission for a couple in Chicago.

Aside from a busy work and exhibition schedule, I also completed six more credits at UNC which included writing my thesis about the body of work I have produced. The intense amount of writing required to complete a thesis may have contributed to my aversion to writing a new blog post. I have three credits left this spring and I plan to graduate in May with a MA in Art and Design. This past fall I also made the decision to apply to MFA (Master of Fine Arts) programs for Fall 2014. Working with my professors at the University of Northern Colorado made me thirst for more interactions with professionals in the field. I enjoy being challenged and have grown as an artist. The application process was quite lengthy and I am proud to report I submitted all of my applications well in advance of the deadline! Now I anxiously await responses from schools.

On to the latest news! My first solo exhibition of 2014 opens next week at UNC. The opening reception is from 4-6 in the Oak Room Gallery on the UNC campus. This morning I finished hanging the exhibit and met with a reporter from the Greeley Tribune. An article about my exhibit is set to be published on Tuesday, so I will definitely blog again next week.

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Where to Start?

My solo exhibition opened three weeks ago and will be up until October 12th. I was bit exhausted after the final push to get everything accomplished and, as a result, my blog has been silent since. But, the exciting news is that I have seventeen new works to share!

Restriction

Restriction

Today, I would like to share the first of my five sculptural pieces that are currently on display at Anthology Fine Art. Restriction is 3 x 4 feet in size and I constructed the form using wire, fiber, and wallpaper paste. Once dry, I applied several layers of primer before adding acrylic paint and drawings of the spine. This piece is highly textural which makes it a must-see in person!

Anthology Fine Art will be hosting another First Friday Reception a week from today on October 4th from 6-10pm.

Restriction in-progress

Restriction in-progress

“Pieces” Opens TONIGHT!!

September 5th have finally arrived! Please join me tonight from 6-8pm at Anthology Fine Art in Denver to celebrate the opening of Pieces! RSVP

Artist Statement:  In an instant our lives can shift in ways for which we are unprepared. The life that we once knew is permanently altered and a new existence becomes reality.  Pieces is a multifaceted installation that addresses the physical and psychological impact of a life-changing diagnosis.  Utilizing common household materials and re-purposing disposable objects, this body of work speaks to the cyclical death and rebirth that occurs on a minute or immense scale.  Grief over the loss of the life we once recognized transforms into reconstruction and discovery of the new version of life we are to lead.

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Pieces 32

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Pieces 33

Looking Back Can Lead to Further Evolution

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Pieces 20

I finally finished taking photographs of these small paintings. I had not held one of these works in my hands for a while. These original forty-two works have been a springboard for all of the new work I have since created and have yet to post on my blog. (If you want a sneak preview of some of that work, click Forrestal Contemporary Art to like my page on Facebook.  I post daily images of my progress with a quick description of what is happening).  It is important for me to look back to these original works to remind myself of the intent.  An organic shift or change in path is natural in the artistic process. I have figured out that the raw quality that these small paintings possess is crucial to my expressive intent.  So in these final weeks of preparing for my exhibition, I plan to keep this concept in the back of my mind.

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Pieces 21

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Pieces 22

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Solo Exhibition is One Month Away!

Pieces

by Jessica Forrestal

September 1st – October 12th

 

Opening Reception September 5th

6-8 PM

 

First Friday Reception September 6th

6-9 PM

 

Anthology Fine Art

635 Santa Fe Drive

Denver, CO 80204

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Pieces 17

Pieces 18

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Pieces 19

Pieces 19

More Pieces

Shifting gears a bit, I have more images from the Pieces series yet to post. If you have visited my Facebook page: Forrestal Contemporary Art, you can see the latest development of this series. I still believe it is important that I post these first forty-two paintings individually. When displayed all together, the paintings have a different sensitivity from when they are shown individually. There is about a little over a month until my next solo exhibition which will debut the Pieces series and all of the work that has since followed.  My exhibition will run from September 1st through October 12th at Anthology Fine Art on Santa Fe Drive in Denver.  Mark your calendar!

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Pieces 14

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Pieces 15

Pieces 16

Pieces 16

Additions to the Presence Series Continued

Presence #44

Presence #44

Presence #44 is the first painting where I overlaid two different colors of handmade paper on the completed painting. I was able to add some additional linear elements to create more depth within the work. Below, are the remaining images of the new paintings currently on display.

Presence #46

Presence #46

Presence #42

Presence #42

Presence #40

Presence #40

Presence #47

Presence #47