Rowan University Art Gallery

Gelah Penn - The Narrow Margin

Opening Reception: Reception for artist: Thursday, January 24, 5 - 7 PM

The Rowan University Gallery is pleased to present "The Narrow Margin," a site-specific installation by Gelah Penn. The exhibition will run from January 15 to February 22 with a reception on Thursday, January 24 from 5 to 7 pm. A Gallery Talk with the artist will be held at 4 pm the same afternoon.

In her fourth solo show, Penn continues to explore the linear language of drawing in three-dimensional space. As curator Elizabeth M. Grady has noted, "Gelah Penn's shimmering installations of knotted monofilament are the very essence of drawing, loosened from its dependence on the wall." The artist elaborates,

I use the lexicon of gestural abstraction to articulate expanses of mark-making in space. I mean to construct a kind of substantive ephemerality, an accretion of marks and their shadows delineating maelstroms of visual noise; a luminous sea in suspended animation, with allusions to microscopic activity, arterial systems, knots, dust, and weather.

The exhibition also includes sculpture and works from Penn's new "Blackfil" series, relief drawings in monofilament and acrylic paint on Yupo. Developed in response to issues explored in this and previous installations, these pieces engender a compelling dialogue with "The Narrow Margin."

Installations by Gelah Penn can be seen in the upcoming exhibitions "Site 92" at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn and "The Notion of Line: Contemporary Drawings--Serena Bocchino and Gelah Penn" at Alpan Gallery in Huntington, NY.

Gelah Penn received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has exhibited her work at Carl Berg Gallery in Los Angeles, Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, and Kentler International Drawing Space, Sculpture Center, Sideshow Gallery, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Realform Project Space, and Jack Tilton Gallery in New York. She has received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and is in The Drawing Center's Viewing Program and Kentler Flatfiles. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn