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Joyce Brienza and Matt Degenaro: Less is (and) More

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Paint Creek presents the works of Joyce Brienza and Matt Dege­naro in Less is (and) More, Oct. 4 — Nov. 1

Joyce Brienza, Lec­turer II, occu­pies the More” of this pair­ing with works that sam­ple and bor­row from a mul­ti­tude of sources and styles to com­bine in a way that allows the work to be con­tin­u­ously engaged in a process of con­sti­tu­tion, dis­so­lu­tion, and recon­sti­tu­tion of form. Joyce earned her MFA at Rut­gers Uni­ver­sity in New Brunswick, New Jer­sey, has exhib­ited her work in gallery and museum shows all over the United States and in Ger­many, Argentina and The Nether­lands, and has par­tic­i­pated in artist res­i­den­cies in New Jer­sey and at Children’s Hos­pi­tal in Detroit. 

Matt Dege­naro, a staff con­sul­tant at the UM Dud­er­stadt Center’s Dig­i­tal Media Com­mons, makes work that occu­pies the Less” of this equa­tion in it’s ded­i­ca­tion to the mod­ernist sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of form. His work engages the method of end­less vari­a­tions on a sin­gle essen­tial form through a vari­ety of medi­ums such as carved wood, stone, fab­ri­cated metal, rub­ber inner tubes and live grasses. Matt earned his MFA at the School of the Art Insti­tute of Chicago and his work has been exhib­ited in gal­leries and muse­ums since 1980. As much as these two dif­fer in approach, what joins them, is a will­ing­ness to exper­i­ment and explore their var­i­ous ideas with an atti­tude of seri­ous­ness about their work, with­out tak­ing them­selves too seri­ously. This exhibit is sup­ported by the Michi­gan Coun­cil for Arts and Cul­tural Affairs, the National Endow­ment for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation.

Less is (and) More
Oct. 4 — Nov. 1
Open­ing recep­tion: Fri­day, Octo­ber 4th at 7:00 pm
Gallery talk with the artists: Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 5th at 2:00 pm 
Paint Creek Cen­ter for the Arts
407 Pine Street
Rochester, MI 48307

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