Self Ease at Perspectives…The Gallery at Whitney Center

March 24 to June 17, 2014

Self Ease: Contemporary Portraiture

Artwork by Eileen Carey

Artwork by Eileen Carey

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents a new twist on the “selfie” trend. Organized by Debbie Hesse, “Self Ease: Contemporary Portraiture” brings together seven artists who work within the tradition of portraiture. The exhibition features artwork by Eileen Carey, Steven DiGiovanni, Megan Marden, Larry Morelli, Katro Storm, Erika Van Natta, and Jeff Wrench. The exhibition is on view now at the Perspectives…The Gallery at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, Connecticut. Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4p.m. to 7 p.m. Join us for a special public reception on May 10, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“Self Ease” focuses on the psychological nuances regarding how we see ourselves and how we choose to be seen, commemorated, and remembered. Eileen Carey paints colorful portraits of people she knows in great detail as well as faceless crowds that explore the interaction of people in a fast paced culture. Jeff Wrench sketches faces of strangers on paint swatches and wall paper samples creating casual portraits that are both specific and mysterious.  Steven DiGiovanni puts people into ambiguous settings, using the surrounding objects as props to draw out meaning. Katro Storm, Megan Marden and Larry Morelli rely on personal, gestural and painterly mark making to create ambiance and psychological tension.  Erika Van Natta creates a video portrait, via a self- designed kaleidoscope of herself singing original lyrics that finds cohesiveness thru geometric fragmentation.

In addition, digital portraits or selfies emailed in from the general public will create a collective tapestry of how we see ourselves in a rapidly changing technological world. These fleeting digital captures offer a counterpart to the paintings and video in the exhibition, framing a dialogue about the history and future of this artistic genre. To participate, send digital selfies to

View the online exhibition here.

For more information about “Self-Ease: Contemporary Portraiture” call (203) 772-2788 or contact Debbie Hesse at the Arts Council.

Take a look at these related articles:

The Art of the Selfie by Jerry Saltz
The Meanings of the Selfie by James Franco
Student tries to take art museum selfie, destroys statue by Doug Saffir


Perspectives…The Gallery at Whitney Center, a gallery exhibit in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and Whitney Center, is located at 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. The gallery features regional artists in group and thematic shows. Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Artists’ Opportunity If you would like to be considered for an exhibit at Perspectives…The Gallery at Whitney Center, please send images, résumé and bio to: Arts Council of Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510. For more information, call Debbie Hesse at 203-772-2788 or email dhesse [at]

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