“Between The Lines: The Work of Jonathan Mandell and Rhonda Garland” is a distinct departure for the Silverman Gallery in that the work is distinctly not that of Pennsylvania Impressionists.
Instead, both artists combine lines as the touchstone for their art and a natural synergy emerges through that foundation along with a shared playfulness and whimsical approach to their pieces.
The public is invited to attend the artists’ opening receptions from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27 and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28. The show runs through May 26, at 4920 York Road, Holicong.
Mandell describes his fine art mosaics, made using ceramic tile, hand-blown glass shards and semi-precious stones as “the juncture of drawing, painting and sculpture.”
The artist shapes the pieces of tile so that they create grout lines that act as drawing lines, producing the illusion depth, volume and motion. His work invites engagement by design as the viewer is encouraged to enjoy the art in a tactile way. He produces both wall-mounted panels and sculpture that take a playful approach to perspective and narrative.
Garland’s abstract work is based on color, calligraphic flourishes and explorations of lines, reminiscent of the paintings of Miro, Basquiat and Matisse – three of her self-described influences.
Her work also gravitates toward the woven and textural, inspired by her Albuquerque, N.M., roots and precious weeks spent at Ghost Ranch, the former home of Georgia O’Keefe. This is the first time a large collection of the gallery owner’s own work will be shown in Bucks County.
Silverman Gallery – open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and by appointment – can be reached at 215-794-4300 or visited online.