In September of 2011, the artdc Gallery hosted its 12” x 12” show. This was our 3rd annual small works exhibition. Our goal was to show a large number of works to a wide audience. We decided upon a small works show to aid in keeping the cost per work small, hoping that more people from a local arts festival would buy. This show is an open call exhibit with very few restrictions. It’s all-inclusive, which has been a great opportunity for us to develop relationships with new artists, and reaffirm connections with existing relationships.
I have bought a few things for the gallery from our 12” x 12” exhibits. The work is affordable, and it creates access to work that I might not have found since there is a large group of over 100 works.
In the process of adding to the gallery’s collection, I decided to buy one of Lisa Rosenstein’s works for my self. The work stood on it’s own, and she’s a representative of our activity. I thought it would be important to have her work in my collection.
I enjoy her material use. She plays with texture and layering that creates dimension with in her works. I love the layers between the canvas, threads, and strings. I can trace the details with my eyes for hours. These two small works had wonderful presentation with a metal frame adding to the structure that she’s created.
I picked the one that spoke to me the most. It’s titled Restrained Freedom and based on the juxtaposition of the “head” being restrained while the “body” is breaking free. It has the theme of life, you can see there are 18 vertical dots, signifying Life in the Jewish religion (18 = Chai = Life). The work is composed of acrylic, acrylic mediums, dimensional paint, archival paper, thread, and handmade net on canvas board.
I told her that I needed to purchase it for my personal collection, and she refused to let me buy it. She gave it to me as a gift instead! I’m so touched. She is such a motivating force that makes me want to get out there and make more art.