Artwork Review

Workshop Date:October 11

When: Wednesday, 4-6pm

Sessions: 1

Price: $15

Teaching Artist: Joerg Dressler

*This was a Fall 2017 course. Please see our current and upcoming workshops to register for a workshop course.

The review is an evening meeting for student, aspiring, and established artists to have their work constructively evaluated by a facilitating professional artist or expert in the visual arts.

Each session begins with a short informal presentation by the facilitator so participants can become acquainted with his or her background and working style. You should bring in at least two works or one original and a number of digital images for the review leader to constructively evaluate, offer feedback, and suggestions for expansion. Review participants will also gain insightful feedback while listening to the other participants’ review period.

If time allows, the session ends with a group discussion around potential exercises, ways to continue moving forward, ideas about how to rework a piece, etc.

Of these sessions, one participant wrote “I am forced into a 20 min plus in-depth conversation about my art. Having to answer questions, and generally talk about my process and ideas, seems to clarify things in my mind and cause me to realize which is important and unimportant, where the art is coming from and what direction I might go in. It just makes me think more clearly about it all and I find that the conversations inform how I approach my work over the following weeks.

Past reviewers have included Megan Hinton, Mike Carroll, Heather Blume, Zehra Kahn, Andre van der Wende, and Debbie Nadolney. We seek a variety of facilitators who are visual artists in a wide array of mediums as well as gallerists and art critics.

Please sign up in advance to ensure a spot in the review, but walk-ins are welcome if we have the space!

Joerg Dressler was born in Hanau, Germany. He received his MFA from the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach, Germany, in 1994. Additionally, he studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, France. Joerg moved to the United States in 1996.

Dressler’s work is driven by nature and how we perceive it. “It is the unpredictability and mysteries of nature that intrigue me,” he says. His evocative, vigorous paintings derive from a sincere dialogue between the representational and the abstract, the conceptual consciousness and pure spontaneity. Recurring themes in his work include the passage of time, impermanence, frailty, and perception. He paints solely from memory; as a result, disjointed experiences of the seen and learned are re-assembled, creating a reality of their own. “Joerg evokes sublime depictions of our confrontation with nature, especially the contrary effects of nature on the human psyche,” writes Christopher Busa in the 2016 issue of Provincetown Arts. “He places tranquility side by side with violence, light clashing with the dark, fragility beside boldness—surprising forces seemingly summoned on a whim, with involuntary energy.” Dressler is a recipient of the Romanos Rizk Scholarship, and his work is included in the permanent collections of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York. He is represented by Alden Gallery in Provincetown.