New work by Jennifer Cadoff and Alla PodolskyThe animal magnetism is palpable at the Artists' Gallery this July! The walls in the front gallery are lined with creatures great and small - cats, dogs, horses and more - by Philadelphia painter Alla Podolsky and Princeton artist Jennifer Cadoff. The show runs July 6 through August 5, 2007 with an opening reception on Saturday July 14, from 6 to 9:00 pm.
The show is called "Creature Comforts" and while the subject matter may be similar, the two artists’ work could hardly be more different. Podolsky's oil paintings have a distinctly urban feel and feature lively brushwork and gorgeous color. Dogs, in all shapes and sizes, play a featured role in the busy buzz of city life that also teems with fruit and vegetable stands, street signs, store-fronts and passers-by. Explains Podolsky, "The work is a look at interactions - between people, people and pets, people and objects, the objects themselves - and at the shared humanity of animals and things."
In contrast, Cadoff, in her distinctive pen & ink drawings, zooms in close to horses, dogs and cats, then crops them into quirky eye-catching compositions and flattens the picture plane to emphasize the graphic quality of the animal shapes. The resulting artworks are simultaneously eye-catching and quiet, representational and near abstract. Notes Cadoff, "I like trying to capture those contradictory qualities in each piece."
Alla Podolsky's training as an artist began in her native Kiev when she was a child and culminated in an MFA from the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts.