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December 3rd, 2001
Challenge #3 at Fleisher Art Memorial in The Dene M. Louchheim Galleries, January 5 Through February 2, 2002

The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial presents the third exhibition in the twenty-fourth season of the four-part Challenge Series -- the Delaware Valley’s premier juried artist exhibition program. This season’s twelve Challenge artists were selected from a field of 299 applicants to exhibit in one of four three-person exhibitions. The third of this year’s Challenge Exhibitions features the work of artists Vincent David Feldman, Claire Owen, and Doris Nogueira-Rogers. Each of the artists shares an interest in depicting the ephemeral and fleeting as it relates to human understanding of self and place. The exhibition begins Saturday, January 5th with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and continues through February 2nd, 2002. Both the exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; and (when classes are in session) 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday.

For the first time, photographer Vincent David Feldman presents a series he has been working on over the past ten years called Memento Mori. While inspired by funerary architecture the artist discovered in Scottish churchyards, both site and context have been eliminated in the prints, as it is not Feldman’s intention for viewers of this work to enter the gallery as if it were a cemetery. Rather, Feldman is interested in the distillation of architecture in general and is searching for an understanding of the civilization that fashioned these monuments of stone and how these objects of permanence weathered the centuries. These ideas are all the more interesting when the architecture of mausoleums in question confronts and serves our own mortality. Mr. Feldman received his B.F.A. from George Washington University and his M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art of Temple University.

Claire Owen produces paintings that explore the relationship between the animal and human world, as it has been interpreted through myth, fairy tale and children’s literature. The style of the works borrows from traditional book illustration – particularly fifteenth century illumination, while the subject of the paintings references Jung’s ideas of the “Animal” as an aspect of the self, and the “Child” as a figure of the preconscious self not yet integrated into the human awareness. The creatures that inhabit Owen’s images, even in play, have both teeth and claw. The single girlchild in the paintings is herself neither hapless victim of her four-legged companions, nor the sweet-faced playmate that reassures us of nature’s goodness. Ms. Owen received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Doris Nogueira-Rogers presents Postcards – ten 30”X44” mixed media on paper works inspired by botanical drawings from naturalist Alexandre Rodrigues Ferreira’s 1775 exhibition of life from the Amazon Forest. These central images serve as a point of departure for Nogueira- Rogers’s linoleum cuts, which depict bud-like forms in color and black and white. The images in color represent the forest in full flower, while the ghostly black and white prints represent the continued destruction of the ecology. In addition, and surrounding the Postcards, are 1,000 offset prints of simple leaf forms that cover the walls of the gallery. Ms Nogueira-Rogers received her B.A. from the Escola de Belas Artes (School of Fine Arts) of the Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

On Thursday, January 31, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., artist/teacher Mary Murphy will lead the Challenge “TalkAbout” gallery discussion. Bring your own ‘brown bag’ dinner and join us to discuss the work on exhibition. Admission is free.

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