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Carol Diamond's newest work is predominately multimedia, encompassing found materials assemblage sculpture, abstract painting and Plein Air drawing of architectural sites in New York City. Often executed concurrently, her artworks in various media are driven by the tension and tumult of urban life.
Diamond's engagement, and entanglement - with the urban landscape has traveled with her through the various neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Manhattan, developing a lifelong passion for urban forms, spaces, and architecture. Mining of the metaphoric potential of materials, whether brick, stone, or detritus found on the streets and sidewalks where she walks, has continued ever since. The new assemblage sculptures reconfigure and transform repurposed, upcycled materials: flattened cans, broken glass, concrete chunks, wire mesh, twisted fabric scraps, cables and wires, and are both playful and dark.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio Diamond received a B.F.A. in Painting from Cornell University and studied at the New York Studio School. She is a tenured adjunct professor at Pratt Institute and teaches Graphic Design at CUNY’s City College of Technology. In 2022, her was included in New York City exhibitions at Equity Gallery, Zurcher Salon, and Incubator Studio Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. In March of 2023 Diamond’s work will be included in Driven to Abstraction, at Lockwood Gallery in Kingston, NY.
Diamond was awarded a Purchase Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Invitational Exhibition, a Pratt Institute Professional Development Grant, and the National Academy Museum’s Edwin Palmer Prize. Her work has been featured in Hyperallergic, Too Much Art, the Manhattan Times, Painting Perceptions, and the Pelham Art Center. Her art writing and reviews are published in Art Critical, Painters on Painting, Two Coats of Paint, and Delicious Line. Her artwork is included in public and private collections, including the Portland, Oregon Museum of Art.
Heidi Lanino is a figurative abstract painter with a strong base in gestural drawing influenced by the transformative nature of movement. Lanino was born in New York and raised on the south shore of Long Island. As one of four recipients of a full-tuition merit scholarship, Lanino studied drawing and painting at Pratt Institute. For several years she worked as an art director for L’Oréal. She is also a passionate educator of the arts, who understands the importance of bringing art and the creative process to young people and the community at large.
Movement is both part of my process and my product, composing compositions from figurative abstract forms. Improvisation, intuition, and impulse are essential. My work invokes emotion, thought, and memory of looking within to project out.
Recurring themes include beauty, movement, environment, and purpose. Rhythm is my visual language. My movements are mirrored in the work’s gestural qualities traveling beyond the canvas borders. I create figural abstraction and visual sensory experiences to reveal space between the viewer and the work. Gestures express time, always in flux - never static.
I fold numerous materials, giving a voice to the intimate nature of the subject’s narrative as she reconciles the external world. Folded, the materials are stronger with new presence, portraying emotional stories at different angles, offering a 3-dimensional perspective of negative space. The process entails excavation, both literally and figuratively.