Roscoe Gallery, Oakland, CA October 4- 26
In this show I attempted to integrate the 2 mediums that I am passionate about - textiles and clay.
Review from East BAy Express (Oct 23,2019)
Art is both illusion and object, style and content; it’s a kind of aesthetic Schrödinger’s cat. Josie Jurczenia’s witty 2D/3D works combine clay, textile paint, felt and thread. They take the form of flat representations of single vessels patterned with stripes and grids, juxtaposed with simulated felt ‘paintings’ hanging behind them, like projections; or standing couples, similar but different, with white and black connoting light and shadow. Jurczenia’s hybrid works thus hark back to both the floral painting tradition of trompe-l’oeil seventeenth-century Dutch art and to the light-hearted spatial paradoxes (trompe-l’esprit) of twentieth-century Cubism à la Picasso, Braque and Matisse: trick the eye and trick the mind. “White Stripes” with its twin amphora forms united by paint rivulets; “Echo,” with its dual protagonists united by a double-grid plaid pattern; and “White Wiggle” and “Black Wiggle,” with their alternating stripes and grids, wear their playful erudition lightly, and double as functional vases.
— DeWitt Cheng