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October 31, 2008

Judith Brandon – Recession Work


Exhibit Dates: October 24, 2008 -- January 10, 2009

Judith Brandon graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1987 with degrees in drawing and enameling. It is the enameling techniques of scribing metal and the layering of transparent and opaque colors that are the foundation for her paintings. Her subject matter originates from the weather channel, travels and experiences. Oceans, rain, mist and ice, water in all of its forms and locations are an endless source of inspiration to her. Water is a dominant theme in her paintings.

Brandon's “recession works” are the preliminary studies for the larger landscapes that she tests the materials she uses. There is an action happening in her landscapes, sometimes violent tearing and dripping from water and dye soaked paper. She also uses many layers of scored and erased textures. Thin graded washes of color and overlapping blackness of ground charcoals add a technical depth to the immediate drama.

Brandon tries to create a "silent urgency" through a combination of detail and color, echoing the mesmerizing and complex qualities of water. Her goal is to lure the audience into experiencing beauty with an uneasy feeling imminent danger and destruction. She lives in Cleveland where the weather changes every hour; the grass is green and the sky is gray.

More information on Ms. Brandon's work is available on her website:

Please contact June Hund and Kristen Kirchgesler at (216) 368-2302 or at for more information about the exhibit.