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Gallery@DNA Presents: Karen Dow "Transitions" (June 18-July 15, Manhattan, NY)

by Sarah Hart
July 15, 2009
Dance New Amsterdam
280 Broadway, 2nd floor
(Entrance on Chambers Street)
New York, NY 10007
(212) 625-8369

Karen Dow


June 18 – July 15, 2009

(New York, NY) - Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) is pleased to Transitions, a collection of paintings by Karen Dow. Dow's work will be exhibited June 18–July 15 in DNA's 2nd Floor Gallery at 280 Broadway (entrance at 53 Chambers). This Exhibit has been funded in part by a grant from New York State Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick through the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

This exhibit is in conjunction with the world premiere of 8 Views: Fusiform Gyrus by Artist in Residence, Adele Myers. 8 Views: Fusiform Gyrus is a synthesizing process of eight points of view from a painter, composer, choreographer, and five dancers. The suite is inspired by and partially titled after Karen Dow's series of eight abstract formalist paintings exhibited at the Bellwether Gallery, NYC in 2006.

An opening reception will be held at DNA on Thursday, June 18th at 7:00pm.

DNA's Gallery Hours are 9am – 9pm Monday – Sunday

There is no charge for admission to the exhibit.

Artist Statement

I would liken painting to gardening, or parenting, or solving problems. There's an inherent struggle to find the whole system- take it apart- let it resolve- see things happen. Geometries become patterns. Colors evolve into spaces. Light evokes moods, mental noise, poetry, logic, and silence.

This latest group of paintings is the direct result of observation. My process begins with a found source image: usually from calendars, catalogs, and occasionally a photograph taken by a friend or family member. I start by making a color inventory of the image and then by laying out the composition on a pre-drawn grid. Through the process of painting decisions are made about light, color relationships and texture. Often the final result has very little resemblance to the source image, but it has provided me with a very definite starting point. I find this comforting as well as inspiring. – Karen Dow

Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) is proud to celebrate its 25th year as an agent of experimentation for New York City dance arts. Since 1984 DNA has been dedicated to the pursuit of artistic excellence in dance performance, education and creative/administrative services. An incomparable resource, DNA's 25,000 square foot facility is a pioneer infrastructure for the performing arts by housing both a professional theater and education center – cultivating dance in all its forms and guiding dancers through the various stages of their career. DNA provides valuable opportunities for the aspiring, emerging and established artist, including classes, artistic residencies, and studio and administrative office subsidies. DNA also commissions new choreographic works and presents a year-round performance season of fully produced dance works and world premieres. Founded in NoHo and originally known as Dance Space Center, DNA changed its name in 2005 and relocated to 280 Broadway shortly thereafter. The state-of-the-art facilities include a professional 130-seat theater, six studios, a wellness program, two galleries and a reception space. DNA was the first not-for-profit arts organization to move to Lower Manhattan after 9/11 and plays a critical role as an asset for the dance community, as well as a renewing force in downtown Manhattan's cultural landscape.

DNA's 2009 Season is made possible with DNA program revenue along with generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency; and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), a city agency.

For more information and press inquires please contact Amanda Szeglowski, Manager of Public Relations & Corporate Development at 212.625.8369 ext. 226 or visit www.dnadance.org.
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