Artists in the Library features the work of five professional teaching artists who have taught art courses in several libraries in the New York Public Library system over the past few years. The courses, which were coordinated by Lifetime Arts and paid for with private funding, have provided older adults with an opportunity to work creatively in the visual arts. The exhibition, which was organized by Sabra Friedman, reflects the diverse approaches that the artists bring to their NYPL courses.
Mary Didoardo creates abstract paintings that are heavily layered, with color and drawn lines that build up into very rich, textural surfaces.
Sabra Friedman’s recent paintings are visually spare, with abstract images that float to the surface, suggesting the ephemeral nature of passing time.
John Mendelsohn works with the material qualities of paint, generating vibrant visual fields that shift between presence and absence.
In his recent work, Josh Millis has been painting with an iPad, producing images with vivid color and multiple textures, while working on the subway and throughout the city.
Antonia Perez makes sculptures, paintings, and site-specific works using repurposed materials, including plastic bags that she cut into strips and crochets.
"Mindflower 3," John Mendelsohn