Sunday, June 25, 2017

"This One's For You" at DM Contemporary

Panoramic view of the summer show at DM Contemporary in New York City

The invitation to participate in This One's For You! Dedicated to Women Everywhere came with the request that the work have some connection to the female experience. Well, that was easy, since I regularly experience life as a female. I shared this story with Doris Mukabaa Marksohn, the gallery owner/director: When I was in art school I had one particularly benighted painting professor (they were all male) who offered me this advice: "You have to decide whether you want to be a woman or an artist. You can't be both."

I drew my 19-year-old self up to full height and replied, "You don't seem to have a problem with being both a man and an artist." He looked surprised. I left the studio, stunned at his ignorance and surprised (and pleased) at my own still-teenage response. I never stopped painting. I am still a woman and still an artist. Not all the artists in this exhibition are women, but the men here are all far more enlightened than that troglodyte professor of yore. Let me take you on a walk-through of the show.

The entrance to the gallery is at left. This is the view as you enter and turn toward the galleries. Photo at left: Federico Busonero, Al-Nu'man, Palestine, 2009, archival  pigment print on Canson Platine paper. The rest you'll see as we walk around

Matthew Langley, Currer Bell, top, and A.M. Barnard, both 2017, acrylic on museum board

Panorama of the front gallery with a view to the back

Louise P. Sloane, Pinks, 2017, acrylic and pastes on 400-lb. Arches cold-press

Cheryl Yun installation. Each bag makes a political statement
Of Baghdad Chain Bag, 2017, below, the artist says, "Violence at a campaign rally in Baghdad, including car bomb explosion, killed more than 30 people."
Newsprint and Rives BFK 

Richard Bottwin, Square and Angle #6, 2001, acrylic paint on wood
Side view below

We are in the second gallery looking back to where we just were. Here from left: Nancy Manter, Marietta Hoferer, Susan Hamburger

Nancy Manter, Stay Still, 2016, flashe and charcoal on paper

Marietta Hoferer, Silver Band, 2016, tape and silverpoint on plyke paper
Debra Ramsay photo from the internet

Susan Hamburger's rogues gallery of unfeminist woman. From top, Ann Coulter Saucer, 2009; Sarah Palin Plate, 2010; Nancy Reagan Plate, 2010; Mary Matalin Saucer, 2009; all acrylic on paperclay

A visual sweep of the gallery: Manter, Hoferer, Hamburger;  Macyn Bolt, Zoe Keramea,  Margaret Neill, Joanne Mattera

Top: Macyn Bolt, Untitled (BWC), Untitled (BWA), Untitled (BWD), each 2017,  acrylic on paper

Bottom: Zoe Keramea, Variation of the X Chromosome-IV, graphite on paper; Variation on the X Chromosome-III, ink on paper; Variation on the X Chromosome-V, hand-cut white paper mounted on black; all 2017

Margaret Neill, Transit series 3, left, and Transit series 4; both 2017, ink on panel

Joanne Mattera, Chromatic Geometry 26, 2015, and Chromatic Geometry 30, 2016; both encaustic on panel

Mattera, Michael Kukla

Michael Kukla, Stratal 312, 2012, laminated plywood

Frances Richardson,  Elizabeth Duffy

Frances Richardson, I Was There (from the "I'm Here" series), 2013, graphite on paper
Gallery photo

Elizabeth Duffy, Portrait of a 19th C. Lady (from the "Shard Portraits" series), 2012-13, archival inkjet print on Hannemuhle paper

Continuing around the second gallery with Tomomi Ono, Seed-flow VI, 2002, lithograph on kitakata rice paper

Now we're going to walk back through the first gallery, past the two framed works on paper by Louise P. Sloane,  and through a short hallway to . . .

Linda Cummings, Selected works from the "Miss-ery Pageant Performance," 2016; pigment print in frame, felt banners with gold trim, black in lettering, hangers 

In the office/gallery: Carole Freysz Gutierrez, Women's March in Washington, D.C., 2017, acrylic on canvas

Katsumi Suzuki, clockwise from top left: Untitled, photogravure; Untitled, oil on wood; Untitled, 2016, photogravure; Untitled, oil on wood

Closer view: Katsumi Suzuki, Untitled

Lita Kelmenson, Wanderers 1, 2 and 3, 2016, wood

The exhibition is up through September 16
 Check with the gallery for summer hours


  1. What a beautiful show!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!! Your work is outstanding, and to your art teacher, "Who knew?" When you realize, "God in her wisdom, gave the gift of creativity to women, that is why it is so hard for men." I guess we can have a little compassion for the boys.

  2. The artworks are stunning. Thanks for the walk through.

  3. Thanks Joanne for once again tirelessly documenting yet another exhibition. I'm very happy to be in this one with you. Beautiful presentation of everyone's work.

  4. Your new website is stunning!!!

  5. As always great walk thru Joanne. I look forward to viewing the great shows I sadly miss. A good one here!!