DEBORAH FREEDMAN at Cross Contemporary April 1-30

Nature/Nurture: Paintings by Deborah Freedman and Jennifer Hicks opens Sat. April 1, 5-8pm at Cross Contemporary Art 81 Partition Street Saugerties, NY

Deborah Freedman's art is committed to exploring the rhythm of nature and capturing the fluctuations of its constantly changing space. Her paintings, drawings and printmaking find both the large cosmic patterns as well as the ephemeral fleeting moments with commanding brushwork and profound color. Ms. Freedman's landscape work is described by Stewart Waltzer, an analyst of Impressionist auctions for ARTnet, as  "... as an anatomy lesson ...conflated with human form. Landscape which holds the promise of physical pleasure. The abstraction holds the emotional content. If it sounds simplistic, imagine trying to organize a coherent vision of something that does not exist. It mixes the personal with the impersonal, landscape in the guise of familiarity.”. Ms. Freedman's work is in many important collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, Rutgers University, The Department of State, the Library of Congress, IPCNY,The Hess Collection, CITI, Morgan Guarantee Trust, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital.

Jennifer Hicks has a distinctive career as a movement, performance and installation artist as well as being a painter. Her painting is as informed by her work in dance as it is by her direct experience with pigments, paper and canvas. Her paintings reflect the mysterious presences that emerge from the forest as the evening transcends into dusk. Ms. Hicks' versatility in different media is determined by the needs of her artwork and she is comfortable being at once the object, subject and conduit for this expression. A long-time member of Mobius Artist Group, Jennifer Hicks has received her MFA from Naropa University in Contemporary Performance, her BFA from Tufts University and Degree in Fine Arts from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston.  Jennifer won the prestigious Traveling Scholars Award from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, participated as a guest artist at Artisterium VI in Tbilisi, Georgia and is an alumna of Franklin Furnace in NYC. Her latest project is the establishment of 11 Jane, an art studio, workshop, gallery and performance space in Saugerties,NY.