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The Transfigurational Powers of the Woven Form

Paul Adam Smeltz

The East Stroudsburg University of PA’s Madelon Powers Gallery Transfiguration: Woven Forms Exhibition.Photo by Paparazzi Paul

A vortex of astonishment wove the sizable gathering of art lovers together during an Artist’s Reception on Wednesday February 2nd as they explored The East Stroudsburg University of PA’s Madelon Powers Gallery’s Transfiguration: Woven Forms Exhibition that rendered the work of Jennifer Zackin that were created during the pandemic. A number of three dimensional compositions from the artist’s 7 Chairs series which utilizes late-20th Century lawn furniture and tractor seat stools as armatures filled the imagination of the viewers through their vibrant colors and their seemingly gravity-defying qualities. Several wall hangings created by Ms. Zackin that included sketches and cotton ropes further enhanced the exhibit.

Attendees to the reception were invited to discover their textilian skills by inserting material either supplied by the gallery or brought to the exhibit by their own accord into The Communal Vortex Weaving. The colorful strands of fabric soon brought to the large loom a hypnotic quality that transfixed all who witnessed the progression of the feat. The conversation of the gathering reflected this. Their words filled the gallery as did the dialogues that were inspired by the wonderful works that were also on display. The Transfiguration: Woven Forms Exhibition featuring the work of Jennifer Zackin will continue to be on display until March 4th.

Jennifer Zackin has been integrating public art, sculpture, installation, performance, collaboration, ceremony, photography, video, collage and drawing into acts of reverence and reciprocity for over 20 years. Her work has been exhibited in national and international museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, NY, The Spertus Museum in Chicago, Ill, The Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, TX, The Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Høvikodden, Norway, and the Zacheta National Art Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. Ms. Zackin seeks to engage and create community in her process while bringing art and ritual into everyday life allowing every act to be an exploration of exchange, communion, performance, skill-sharing, and mark-making. You can learn more about Zackin by exploring her website at www.jenniferzackin.com.

In conjunction with the Transfiguration: Woven Forms Exhibition, The ESU Art and Design Department presents their first student solo show for the Spring Semester on the Madelon Powers Gallery Mezzanine which is the upper level of the gallery. The exhibit features the work of Teagan Turrell who whose two and three dimensional pieces adorned the smaller space with the enormity of his considerable talent. If the Teagan Turrell exhibition is any indication of what can be expected from future student exhibitions on the Gallery’s Mezzanine, a great number of aesthetic treats are in store for those who visit them.

The Madelon Powers Art Gallery is located within The Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Campus of East Stroudsburg University of PA. The Transfiguration: Woven Forms Exhibition and Teagan Turrell Exhibition will be on display until March 4th and are highly recommended to be visited. You can learn more about the Gallery, how to purchase the work shown in their exhibitions, and their future exhibitions by visiting their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/EsuArtGallery.

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Paul Adam Smeltz began his semi professional writing career as columnist writing art and social commentary for The East Stroudsburg University of PA Student Newspaper titled, "The Stroud Courier."

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