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Cress Gallery Presents 'Michelle Segre: Sculptures and Drawings'

From a media release:

“Michelle Segre: Sculptures and Drawings”

February 4 – March 20, 2014

Admission is free and open to all. For more information visit www.cressgallery.org

Now in the final stages of installation, this is an exhibition not to be missed and an opportunity to hear and speak with the artist, as all Diane Marek Visiting Artists discuss their work before the opening reception and greet you all in the gallery.

Michelle Segre’s exhibition includes recently completed sculptures alongside conceptual sketches and earlier drawings providing a glimpse into the evolution of her highly personal approach to materials and process.  After nearly two decades creating works that suggested biological forms both familiar to reality yet seductively strange, Segre’s current move towards a more gestural abstraction finds historical precedent in Surrealism and Arte Povera. Rendered with an extraordinary abandon to the richness of improvisation tempered by the formal rigor of composition and construction, Segre’s freestanding sculptural assemblages transform into the recycled spirits of a wildly eccentric universe existing just around the corner from ours. Like an alien band of fairies and elves, Segre’s playful, enchanted works appear possessive of inaudible secrets that continually keep us guessing; yet they eagerly engage and reach out for us, and within those gestures resides their beauty.

Artist’s Bio: Born in Israel, Michelle Segre currently resides in New York City. She received a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art, NY, and studied abroad with the Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy. Segre is the past recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2001) and the American Academy Arts and Letters Award (2011). Her work has been exhibited in group shows throughout the country at institutions such as the Otis College of Art, Los Angeles, CA., (2011), the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, NY, (2006), and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NYC, (2005).  Recent solo exhibitions include Antecedents of the Astral Hamster, University Art Museum, University of Albany (2013), and Lost Songs of the Filament Derek Eller Gallery, NYC (2012).  Her work is included in private and public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, NYC.  Segre is represented by Derek Eller Gallery, NYC, and by Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. She currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts, NYC, and LaGuardia Community College, CUNY.

Michelle Segre’s exhibition appears in the Cress Gallery courtesy of the artist and Derek Eller Gallery, NY, NY.

Gallery hours: 9:30am – 7:30pm Monday – Friday; Saturday & Sunday 1:00pm – 4:00pm

The Cress Gallery of Art is located in the lobby of the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine Street, corner of Vine and Palmetto Streets, 37403.

After 5:00pm weekdays and on weekends visitors may park free in any campus lot not marked “24 hour reserved”.  Visitors arriving before 5:00pm weekdays will find metered parking on Vine Street, obtain a parking pass from Administrative Services on Palmetto Street, or park in the UTC 5th Street Garage.