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The World Imagined Paintings and Drawings by: Miriam Brumer

8 February - 10 March 2001

The World Imagined by Miriam BrumerPayne Gallery is pleased to present recent work by the artist Miriam Brumer.

THE WORLD IMAGINED is an exhibition of sapphirine abstractions that create a sensory and conceptual universe of its own origins, one parallel to our visible and visual world. They are tactile surrogates for felt reality.

Brumer’s paintings are acrylic on panel; constructions are mixed media, and drawings are black and white ink on prepared paper. Collage elements include found materials, such as wood, plastic, metal, cardboard, twine nails, wire, toothpicks, beads, as well as natural materials such as acorns, twigs, stems, and flowers.

Miriam Brumer Painting"Making art is a chance for me to become involved in a kind of ‘magic,’" says Brumer. "My work often appears to be lit from within by some self-generating life force that gives the piece an illusion of breathing. Here the most vital function of color is to evoke light, heat and energy. Likewise, lines, shapes and forms become dynamic, often pulsating elements. These pieces evoke or suggest living substances in states of being. Creating them is a kind of alchemy, a semi-intuitive process, whose end results are worlds of my own."

The painter was born and now lives in New York City. She holds an MFA in painting from Boston University and a BA in Art and English from the University of Miami, Florida. Currently Brumer is Museum Educator and Adult Programs Coordinator at the Queens Museum of Art, New York. She has also taught studio art and art history at the college level, and reviewed extensively for Arts Magazine. Her work is in the collections of Chase Manhattan Bank, The New York Bank for Savings, Bell Labs, as well as in private collections. Her awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Artist-in-Residence and grants from the Committee for the Visual Arts and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, New York.

The exhibition is the second Y2K Show (or Y2K+1), Payne Gallery’s series of annual exhibitions devoted to contemporary art. An important component of this new program is the studio critique that the exhibiting artist gives to Moravian College’s advanced painting students.

Payne Gallery is located in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Center for Music and Art, on the Church Street Campus of Moravian College, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Gallery is open 11:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. It is closed Mondays, major holidays and during school breaks. Bethlehem is sixty miles north of Philadelphia and ninety miles west of New York City.

Contact: Art Department Office 610-861-1680