Press Release: Imprints, September 2013

chashama 461 Harlem Gallery
Judith Modrak

461 West 126th Street New York, New York 10027

September 18 – October 2, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 21, noon-6 p.m. and Artist Talk at 4 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Saturdays (September 21 & September 28): 12 – 6 p.m.
Wednesday (September 25): 12-5 p.m.
Sunday (September 22 & 29): 12 – 5 p.m.
Open other days by appointment.

Imprints is a solo exhibition by sculptor Judith Modrak and loosely ties together two bodies of her visually charged work. Both series explore interior landscapes from psychological and neurological perspectives. Her painted plaster cast sculptures illuminate areas of the psyche that are revealed during unguarded moments or hidden in the recesses of our brains.

The Dendrites Series investigates memories and how they influence our lives. The current belief is that certain memories and experiences create distinct neural pathways. The pieces in this series examine the vessels in which these memories are stored to unmask larger themes of aging, anxiety and longing.

The Standing Series delves into “in-between states” both emotionally and physically. The naked figures seem to be a in a state of fright, agitation or expectancy – on the verge of a break-through or break-down. Startlingly poignant, her figures demand attention from the viewer with their vulnerability and pathos.

Other key pieces from the Things Change and Ruminations series are included to provide a historical evolution.

Artist Bio:
Judith Modrak is a New York-based artist whose work has been shown throughout the United States. She earned her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has received awards from Creative Capital and the National Association of Women Artists, most recently the Margo Harris Hammerschlag gold medal for sculpture in 2013. Modrak has exhibited in gallery and museum shows, including the Chelsea Art Museum, Palm Beach Art Armory, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, ABC No Rio and the Trenton Art Museum. She is in numerous private collections and represented by Midday Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey.

Special thanks to chashama for the support grant and for making this exhibition possible. Imprints is part of chashama’s juried gallery space program.