Tom Judd: The Archaic Future
Linda Pochesci: Coming Home
The Clark Gallery is honored to present the work of Tom Judd and Linda Pochesci. Both take their visual cues from architecture and the built environment. For Philadelphia based artist Tom Judd, the exterior design and shape of a building is his starting point. Working from within, Pochesci exploits the angles formed by intersecting walls, doors, and ceilings. While the outdoors envelopes Judd’s haunting tributes to visionary structures, Poschei gives us a view of the outdoors framed by the interior spaces she carefully constructs in her mind’s eye.
Linda Pochesci paints the poetry of light and space in her airy interiors. Painted in a highly realistic manner, these interior images of her studio and living quarters are nevertheless surreal images that confound careful scrutiny. Studio images opening onto dunes are fabricated from the artist’s imagination as are the studio interiors containing mirrors reflecting spaces outside the visible space. Pochesci’s unique way of looking at the world was shaped by her early experiences as a child accompanying her father to construction sites on weekends. These half finished buildings enabled her to see the elemental components of a building as well as vistas onto the landscape framed by open windows and doors. These experiences continue to play an important role in her work.
Linda Pochesci recently moved back to Boston where she has spent each summer painting on the Cape. She received her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and a BA in Art Education from Montclair State College. She has been included in numerous one person and group exhibitions and is represented in many private and corporate collections.
Tom Judd has created a masterful series of architectural portraits floating in space. The once bold, visionary creations of the leading figures of the Modern Style - LeCorbusier, Marcel Breuer, Richard Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright appear as treasured relics from a distant past. Searching through architectural books and magazines picked up from local flea markets as well as the internet, Judd finds and transfers architectural images to canvas leaving the pencil grid in place. The specific building and architect’s name are often penciled on the surface in a manner imitating a young child learning how to write in cursive. Judd finds other ways to revisit the past as in his image of the Guggenheim which he chose to paint on the back of one of those world maps present in every first grade classroom. Judd’s paintings pay homage to the utopian ideals of early Modernists while making a philosophical statement about obsolescence and the very notion of “modern.”
Tom Judd lives in Philadelphia. He attended the University of Utah and received his degree from the Philadelphia College of Art. Judd first exhibited his work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and has been included in numerous one man and group exhibitions including a solo show at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Art Alliance. He has also participated in many public art and installation projects. This is his first exhibition in Massachusetts.