About Edwina Brennan:
Edwina received a BFA from Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA, and also studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She has had solo exhibitions at Muse Gallery, Educational Testing Service Princeton, Sande Webster Gallery, Rosemont College, and Hahnemann University, among others. Edwina has participated in numerous group shows including Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Ursinus College, Settlement Music School, and Bryn Mawr College. She received many awards including First Prize Fellowship at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Rohm & Hass Purchase Award.
“Just a mark. I start with just a mark – simple, straightforward. But then there is another mark, then another, a splotch of color, some scraping. The tools are uncomplicated, but as in any interaction, it is in the relationship of these marks, of the color or lack of color, of the positioning of the marks to each other and to the edges – this is where the intricacy begins.
The works that I create are “drawings” – but they are not sketches, nor are they renderings of objects or experiences. The drawing itself is the experience. Each drawing is comprised of a variety of materials and of many methods of mark-making: from scraping to fine line to strokes and splotches of color. Although the art work is relatively large scale, some of the drawings are quite subtle and minimal, while others are more bold and expansive. (This is due to the response quality in the making of these drawings). It is an intuitive process in which each scrape, mark, and stroke relates to the next scrape, mark, and stroke within the borders of the paper.
Just as in the back and forth process of good conversation, the artwork unfolds to become sometimes a boisterous cacophony, at other times an intimate heart-to-heart, and still others a repartee. Also, as in a conversation, there is the courage of introduction, the first stroke; and the discovery of the response. Inclusion of new input can change the direction of the encounter, but unity is maintained by remaining mindful of the content – whether it is the border of the paper which are lines themselves, or the jots and swirls from the interior.
I invite the viewer to share in the conversation looking at and responding to each mark and layer of markings as they move over the page.”
About 3rd Street Gallery:
The Gallery has been in existence since 1978,
opening in its first space on the corner of 3rd and Bainbridge in South
Philadelphia. As one of the oldest artist-run, fine art galleries in the City
it has been home to thousands of Philadelphia artists. The members are
a diverse group of artists of all ages and backgrounds. They are
multigenerational, have advanced degrees in the arts as well as the
sciences, work in diverse media from the traditional to the digital, range
from the classically trained to the self-taught and include arts educators,
award-winners, and artists whose work is collected by museums as well
as by corporate and private collectors.
First Friday – March 2, 5-8 pm
Artist’s Reception - Sunday, March 4, 2 – 5 pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5 pm, and by appointment