Alexander/Heath Contemporary

is pleased to announce
an exhibition of New York painter
and Roanoke College Visiting Assistant Professor

Claire Stankus

April 5 through April 26, 2019
April 26th, 7 to 9 pm

Refreshments / Parking Map
425 Campbell Ave SW (Corner of 5th. Gallery through the gates on 5th Street)
Open: Tues-Thurs: 1 to 4 pm / Fridays 7:00 to 8:30 or by appointment.
Contact / 607.226.2473 for viewing.

Images from the Opening Reception April 5th, 2019

Claire Stankus was born and raised in the suburbs of Albany, NY and earned a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University in 2012. She has attended artist residencies at the Chautauqua Institution, Vermont Studio Center, and Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Claire recently earned her MFA in Studio Art at the University of Connecticut and is currently living in Salem, Virginia as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Roanoke College.

This exhibition is a collection of paintings focusing on ordinary observances of the everyday. Sometimes a painting will depict a shadow of a plant, debris left on the floor, or birthday cakes. These mundane moments are then transformed into abstracted color and shapes to offer a new interpretation of space and memory. While some paintings are made directly from observation, others start from photographs of quickly-passed moments. Stankus uses casual marks, and invented line and shadow to break down the recognizable into something ambiguous yet familiar. The remaining abstraction is where viewers may find unexpected humor, joy, or curiosity.