So, who are we?
Andy Jendrzejewski and Amy DeLap. We are both retired from teaching art. We both loved teaching, but it was time for us to do something else. We bought a building to convert into art studios (for us) and an Art Gallery (for all) and we are now closing in toward completion. Following is a little about each of us or you can skip straight to Amy DeLap’s art here or Andy Jendrzejewski’s art here:
|Amy DeLap is a painter and collage artist. She is known in the tri-state for her portrait paintings. Some of them are monumental in scale. She uses traditional oil painting techniques. The imagery, based on photo sources, also appears traditional. However, she looks for an unconventional edge, trying to capture an oddness, if not mystery, in what initially seems normal. The subject-matter and style are vehicles for Amy’s actual interest, to explore truth in the medium and its process, that is the opacity, transparency, buttery richness and luster of colored pigment ground into oil and laid upon the toothy surface of the canvas stretched taut like a drum.
Since the mid-1970s, Amy has also created jewel-like grid-based collages on wood and paper supports. These are small, intimate and rich in color and texture, often with delicate detail. To viewers, they might suggest influence from Amy’s brief interest in weaving. Less obviously, they also call upon her early years of creating assemblage sculptures that were sensual, haunting and evocative. The collages are more than pattern. They consist of ordered gestures, movements, spaces, marks, and textural and colorful contrasts that form the lyrics of a visual poetry. In essence, they are not so different from her painting as they might seem.
|Andy Jendrzejewski is a sculptor, whose work ranges over many media. Over the years he has welded and cast metals, created clay figurative sculpture, constructed found object assemblages and created temporary monumental environmental pieces in public places. He has worked with figurative, abstract and non-objective imagery.
Unlike many sculptors, Andy is a generalist in that he not only works with many sculptural media types and styles, but also with photography, painting, drawing and collage. The label of sculpture does not always fit. Poetry might be just as descriptive.
When viewing his work, one sees ways in which he expressively uses gestural energy, a quality that ties most of his work together. Many people are familiar with his recent wood reliefs of landscapes, carved from wood and painted with oil paint. Here, color is as important as the three-dimensional carving on the wood’s surface. You can preview and order his book entitled Beyond Landscape that catalogues these works here in either paperback or iBook form Paperback copies will be available for sale at Art Space Vincennes LLC. Completed in 2015 and 2016 were two major commissioned murals at Clark’s Crossing Senior Center, Vincennes Indiana. One was an 8 X 16 foot painted relief, called Forest Floor 3; the other a 16 X 31 foot painting called Blue Wabash.
Readers might enjoy some of his poetry, writing and photography. He participates on various Linked-in discussion groups and writes for Hoosier Family Magazine with articles about art.