HEART WORK IN PROGRESS
Heart Work In Progress
Acrylic, polyethylene and resin on wood panel
28 x 22 inch, edition 1/1
ABOUT Joanne Handler
Joanne Handler’s paintings forge together lyrical gestures with vibrant colors. While Handler is a meticulous planner in her everyday life, she relinquishes control when she paints. The music she listens to while painting elicits emotions and memories that inexplicably inform her choice of color and tool. A variety of hardware store ephemera are just some of the different tools Handler uses in her work. The abstract marks made by objects as varied as brooms and flyswatters help express the sounds and rhythms that are playing while she paints. Handler continuously evolves in her choice of materials - they are not limited to acrylic, enamel, spray and Flashe paints. They are a nod to the heroic masculinity that characterized the action painting of the past. Just as Handler affects the canvas by making a mark on it, that mark, in turn, affects her and determines the trajectory of the next mark. While spontaneity is key in her work, it is always within the parameters of this dialogue.
Joanne Handler lives and works in New York and Westhampton Beach. She has studied at The Art Students League (New York, NY) and continues to study with prolific artist and mentor James Little. Handler has had two solo exhibitions at The Kaufman Arcade (New York, NY). Recently, Handler’s work has been included in group exhibitions such as The White Room Gallery’s “Zen and the Art of Women” in Bridgehampton, SITE Brooklyn’s “Color: Primary to Tertiary”, Harlem School of the Arts “Shelter 2018”, the New York Borough President’s office “City Views”, First Street Gallery “On and Off the Wall” and Arthouse “The Grow Show”. Handler has also been included in numerous exhibitions organized by The National Association of Women’s Artists, of which she is a member.
Joanne Handler’s diverse body of work embodies this sentiment. She feels that to grow as an artist, as in life, one must be curious enough to constantly try new things and, on many occasions, be brave enough to contradict oneself.
Consequently, Handler continually experiments with new mediums, styles, tools and techniques. She embraces the idea that a successful artist needn’t confine themselves to one lane.
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