First Street Gallery
The First Street Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of oils, sculpture and work on paper by Penny Kronengold. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, October 24 from 5 to 7.
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Coming out of abstraction, Kronengold’s work emphasizes gesture, transition and the fluidity of line. At the same time, the paintings participate in a tradition of figure painting that explores the symbiosis between the figural elements and the space around them.
Based on tableaux of the artist’s sculptures, the figure paintings present a lush landscape that slowly discloses a scene in which horses dance or battle, warriors struggle on tamed beasts, while shadowy figures stand by and watch. In the landscapes, the trees become animate and seem to energize the space that surrounds them.
The figure paintings begin as 30-second gesture drawings that are made into sculptures. These sculptures are then grouped into tableaux which form the basis of the paintings. Each stage of the process is concerned with imagination, choice and memory: the figures gain in meaning as they are transformed across media.
Penny Kronengold’s paintings have been reviewed in The New York Times by William Zimmer. She has exhibited at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Stamford Museum and the Trenton City Museum. She has shown in exhibitions curated by Dore Ashton, Alfred Leslie and Kerry Brougher. Her collectors include MCI Telecommunications, Mobil Oil Corporation, Robert U. Ossorio and Andrew Solomon.
Photographs and biographical information available upon request.