Piola Restaurant proudly presents Jennifer Droblyen’s exhibition, “Wake + Wall,” a body of work that explores the imagined spiritual embodiment of a single inanimate structure. The artwork work will be exhibited at Piola Restaurant from Tuesday, December 7 through Saturday, February 5, 2011. Meet the artist and enjoy the modern and chic atmosphere of Piola on opening night, Thursday, December 7 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, as Piola celebrates the latest collection of Jennifer Droblyen’s thought provoking work.
In early 2010, Jennifer discovered a concrete wall that at first glance appeared cold, vacant, and insignificant to many who passed by. Upon further examination, the wall revealed catacombs of human existence left behind: cigarette butts, newspapers, parking tickets, gum. Within each chamber the spaces revealed, amid aged detritus and debris, a beauty and life all its own. This exhibition is a celebration of what remained, in essence a “wake” to acknowledge the hidden life within the wall. The large, bright abstract pieces capture the spirit of the catacombs, and, in contrast, the photo transfers offer a literal representation of the actual spaces within the tombs.
Jennifer has exhibited in many galleries and venues within Washington DC as well as throughout the United States and in Lesotho, southern Africa. In addition to many artistic ventures, she founded an organization called Art/Engage LLC that brings art programs to homebound individuals with Alzheimer’s disease that encourage memory recall and cognitive stimulation. Learn more about the company at www.artengage.org, or to see more of her artwork, visit www.droblyen.com.
Artist Biography- Jennifer Droblyen
My love for painting and drawing came very early in life. When I was very small, I would drag around a large tin of crayons and draw on any surface I could. I decided to become a veterinarian at age five but after several failed attempts to bandage my dog when I believed he was sick, I resorted to drawing animals and people instead. This was the start of a pattern which stayed with me throughout my life. My interest in anatomy continued through college, though I had much more fun distorting and elongating the figure, and including unrealistic hues and shadows. I was awarded a BFA in Painting and Art Therapy from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio in 1996.
In 1998, I joined Peace Corps and served as a volunteer in Lesotho. From there I acquired a fierce travel bug which now has become a large part of me. Because of the desire to capture different cultures and historical imagery, my style has changed over the years, moving from ‘automatic’ drawing and painting to using direct references from nature and photography to create my pieces.
I have spent the last twelve years in the education field, toggling between art, museum, and special education. I received a master’s degree in education and human development from George Washington University. In 2007, I founded Art/Engage, an organization that works specifically with individuals with cognitive disabilities, especially seniors with Alzheimer’s disease within group home settings. In addition to direction of the organization, I work for Arlington County Government as an art programmer.
Art Exhibitions and Commissions
Bedrock, August 2010- present, Washington, DC - 18 piece solo exhibition
Planet Connections Festival, 440 Studios, June 1- June 27, 2010, New York, NY- 3 piece group exhibition
"Casa De Canvas" Columbia Heights Salon Series, May, 2010, Washington DC- 6 piece group exhibition
Gallery 788, Baltimore, MD- May, 2010- 10 piece exhibition
Fairlington Community Center, Arlington, VA-January- February 2010
Gallery 788, December 2009, Baltimore, MD- 13 piece exhibition.
Artomatic, May 2009- July 2009, Washington, DC. 16 piece exhibition.
Dejabel Cafe, November 2008, Silver Spring Maryland.Group exhibition 15 pieces.
Kramerbooks, May 2004, Washington, DC-Twelve piece solo exhibition
Port City Java, November 2003, Baltimore, Maryland- Twelve piece solo exhibition
Center Stage Theatre, May 2002, New York, New York- Nine piece solo exhibition
Malealea Lodge, 1999, Malealea, Lesotho- Four panel mural on side of barn approximately sixty feet in length, acrylic.
Short North Tavern, April, 1998, January, November 1997Columbus, Ohio- Three six piece solo exhibitions.
Vault 328/ Purgatory, October, 1996, Akron, Ohio- 10' x 10' mural.