“Collapsed Time” is a joint exhibition featuring paintings and drawings by Joel Werring and photographs by Pamela Zaremba, and investigating themes of nostalgia and the subversion and reinterpretation of memory in American home and family life. This exhibition, to be curated by Claudine Maidique and presented at BAU Artist Union, is the second collaboration between Werring and Zaremba. Read more...
In his recent work, Joel Werring continues to explore complexities related to self, family, and legacy. The paintings often center on a solitary figure located within a structural environment that encompasses both the architectural, physical world and that bridges to an emotional, interior space—creating a hybrid reality of past and present. Working from sources such as film, song lyrics, poetry, album covers, and an archive of family photographs, Werring creates visual psychodramas blending personal memory, cultural history, and collective mythology.
Pamela Zaremba’s new photographs further examine the uncanny charge carried by household objects belonging to her parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. Her “vanitas,” still-life compositions depict narrative scenes created by decades of compulsive hoarding and accumulated possessions, from wedding cake toppers to gas masks. Zaremba’s photographs explore how her family’s reluctance to let go of certain objects both extols these objects’ sentimentality and ensures the inevitability of their irrelevance over time. Zaremba transposes these past references onto a post-modern timeline, challenging the original use and intent of the objects and creating the foundation for new memories.
Joel Werring received his MFA from the Yale School of Art. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Painting in 2003. He has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions nationally, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Fine Arts Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Pamela Zaremba received her BS from Babson College. She pursued her career photography at the International Center of Photography, New York City. She worked in editorial and commercial photography before focusing solely on Fine Art. She currently works and lives in Westport, Connecticut.
Curator Claudine Maidique received her BS in Textiles and Design from Cornell University. She has curated solo and group shows throughout Miami Art Basel, New York City Frieze Week, Yonkers Arts Weekend, and in private galleries. She is an interior designer and art consultant in Westport, Connecticut.
The joint exhibition opens at the BAU Artist Union at 506 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508. Opening reception will be Saturday, October 12, from 6 to 9 pm, and the exhibition runs from October 12 to November 3. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays 12-6 pm. For more information contact Claudine Maidique at email@example.com.