Joan Reutershan
Medium: Mixed Media

Studio Location:
43-01 21st St - Studio# 340
43-01 21st St additional entrance 43-02 22nd St



Artist Bio:
Joan Reutershan creates colorful mixed-media collage and assemblage paintings based on her experience New York City streets. In 2017 Reutershan received her BFA summa cum laude from Hunter College, City University of New York, where she was a Kossak Painting Fellow. She earned an MA Degree in Art History, also from Hunter College. Her solo exhibitions include High Low Crow Go at 9D (@studioninedee) in New York, NY (2021, New York, NY), BKNY Street View at One River School of Art and Design (2020, Woodbury, NY), with a redux at the Mariboe Gallery/ Swig Arts Center (2020, Hightstown, NJ). Prior solo venues include the Florida School of the Arts Main Gallery (Palatka, FL), and Gallery Three at A.R.T. New York (Brooklyn, NY).
Reutershan's work was featured in the 3-person show entitled Abstraction, Layers and Perception at Riverside Gallery (2023, Hackensack, NJ), as well as in MaterialX at 5-50 Gallery (2021, Long Island City, NY). Her work was included in the group exhibition DarkSkyLand (2023, Magdelena, NM) and Group Show at Honey Badger Motel Art Gallery (2023-4, Brooklyn, NY). Her first museum group show Vision was at the Danville Museum of Fine Art and History (Danville,VA). In 2023. She has been attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Byrdcliffe, and many others.

Artist Statement:
Silkscreen patterns, shiny found objects, marker drawing and swaths of acrylic paint converse on the canvas of my collage and assemblage paintings. Surfaces can appear thin and transparent, or rough and opaque. Street caution tapes, reflective foil, plastic dowels, and other down-market textures build low relief. Collage elements can be affixed outside the canvas rectangle on the surrounding wall, bridging the painting to the space beyond. This material jumble resonates with the 21st Century churn of the New York City streets I traverse every day, which are the source and subject of my paintings. I also make exploratory drawings of imagery with marker drawings on gray paper, and some I consider completed artworks.
My drawings and paintings combine abstraction with elements of figuration. They are the physical trace of an epistemological practice, an exploration of the cacophonous, absurd poetry, which is New York City. My artwork embraces the clash of chaos and design, interference and connectivity, and sense and nonsense. I reference both the digital and the material worlds. My work can appear baffling, and illegible, but rhymes in color and/or composition are evident allover. They serve as a metaphor of hope for transformation in the wider urban world, where I participate in a cross section of ecological and other art-adjacent political initiatives.

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