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Charcoal and pencil works dramatize tense domestic situations
(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)-The Payne Gallery at Moravian College will exhibit the work of Edgar Jerins, a Nebraska-born artist who draws unusually large charcoal and pencil works of tense domestic situations and troubled people. The exhibit will be displayed from January 28 to March 7. An opening reception will be held Thursday, February 5 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Gallery, which is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in historic Bethlehem.
"My Brothers My Friends" will feature 10 charcoal-on-paper drawings ranging in size from. 4 feet 3 inches by 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet by 8 feet 7 inches. These drawings, created from 2001 to 2003, explore the minds of troubled young men, juxtaposed with an older generation, helpless in easing their pain and uncertainty.
Jerins writes in a preface to the show that he had four brothers, two of whom committed suicide. His remaining brother drifts in and out of alcoholism. After the death of his father in 1999, the artist says he began reevaluating his life and noticed that his friends—men in their 40s—were all suffering setbacks: death of loved ones, failed professional ambitions, divorce, separation from children, and alcoholism. He started to base his art on the realities of his life and the tragedies of his family, capturing their emotions and their struggle. “I am sneaking candid and unguarded moments in their lives,” he says.
Jerins attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia on a scholarship, graduating in 1980. He has said, "I have always felt part of the long tradition of realistic painting." In the same year, he won the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. He has exhibited his work at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock (2001), Frye Art Museum in Seattle (2002), and the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, N.Y. (2003). He also exhibits and sells his work through the Tatistcheff Gallery in New York.
The Gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Tuesdays through Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (except holidays). Admission is free. For more information or for directions, please call 610- 861-1680 or 610-861-1667 (weekends) or visit the Gallery on the Web at http://home.moravian.edu/public/art/gallery.