PC Galleries: Reilly Gallery
Image right: Study for On the Wall: Deborah Zlotsky, 2015, chalk on painted paper. Image left: Deborah Zlotsky, photo by Michael Janairo.
ON THE WALL: DEBORAH ZLOTSKY
June 3 – July 31, 2015
Reilly Gallery, Smith Center for the Arts
Opening Reception: 5 – 7pm, Thursday, June 4
The PC Galleries On the Wall series debuts with a transformative wall drawing by Albany and Providence-based Deborah Zlotsky.
PC Galleries at Providence College are proud to present On the Wall: Deborah Zlotsky. In this ambitious commission for PC Galleries, Zlotsky fills the entire exhibition space—from the floor to the upper reaches of its 20-foot ceiling—with large-scale chalk drawings on blackboard painted walls. It is the biggest project the artist has undertaken to date. With the layering of her signature geometric forms atop compositional armatures derived from canonical works by Old Masters and contemporary artists alike, this project expresses Zlotsky’s communion with both art history and contemporary abstraction. Demonstrating drawing’s capacity to map anything and everything, it is both a work of art and research which connects today’s artistic experiments with important developments in the visual art of the past.
On the Wall: Deborah Zlotsky is the inaugural work in the PC Galleries On the Wall series—an annual program of site-specific commissions applied directly to the walls of the Reilly Gallery. The On the Wall series integrates the work of living artists into the cultural and intellectual life of Providence College and introduces important new art to local audiences.
About the Artist
Deborah Zlotsky is an artist and educator living and working in Albany and Providence. Zlotsky has exhibited across the country, and her drawings are in the curated flatfiles of Pierogi Gallery and The Boston Drawing Project at Joseph Carroll and Sons Gallery. Her recent and upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at Robischon Gallery in Denver, the SACI Gallery at Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy, and Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York City. In 2012 she received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting, and in 2014 her work was selected for New American Paintings (Northeast edition). Her work is in the collections of Nordstrom, Progressive Insurance, the Waldorf Astoria, and the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, among others. She has recently been awarded residency fellowships at Yaddo, Bemis Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Zlotsky holds a BA in the History of Art from Yale University and a MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Connecticut. She is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York and Robischon Gallery in Denver. She teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.
On the Wall: Deborah Zlotsky is generously supported by the Department of Art & Art History, Office of Admissions and Office of Residence Life at Providence College.