Biomorphic Garden Party by Arabella Proffer at Cleveland's Hedge Gallery
Solo exhibition takes painter in new direction that combines science, space, and medicine.
Opening Reception: Friday, November 18, 2017 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Suite 215, HEDGE Gallery's satellite location at 78th Street Studios
1300 West 78 Street
second floor, suite 215
Cleveland OH 44102
HEDGE Gallery presents "Biomorphic Garden Party" a recent body of work by Cleveland artist Arabella Proffer. Proffer received an Ohio Arts Council Grant through The Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP), and has created a series bringing together her interests in botany, microbiology, mutation, and the evolution of cells. Within these interests, she explores the particular roles that organisms, medicine, DNA, and hybrids play, all while creating from imagination and instinct.
Proffer's surreal organic environments start from a place of abstraction and evolve into surroundings filled with strange hybrids of flowers, cells, and symbols that often allude to organisms from another planet. In 2010 the artist was diagnosed with a rare cancer which was crawling through her body at an alarming rate. Ironically when her oncologist showed the scans of the tumor and aggressive cells, they looked almost identical to Proffer's most recent paintings, tentacles and all! This fascination with the macro universe and micro universe has continued through Arabella Proffer's work -- and more recently in a circumstance of life imitating art -- she has battled re-occurring illness, continuing to paint what seem like familiar creatures and symbols during her recovery.
After more than a decade of being known as a figurative painter, this is the first time her new direction has come together as a solo exhibition, and will be on view November 18 through December 17, 2016.
This exhibition is made possible by the support of the Ohio Arts Council.
For questions regarding this exhibition, please contact gallery director, Hilary Gent. Viewing hours are Tuesday-Friday 11a-5p, evenings and weekends by appointment.