Artwork by Linda Tedeschi
On View February 21 - April 25, 2012
“Comprehensive Insanity 2012,” the latest exhibit on display at the MATV Gallery from February 13 through April 25, juxtaposes artist Linda Tedeschi’s figurative renderings against abstract color, essentially giving viewers a glimpse of an artist at work.
Rendering comes second nature to Linda: As a child already interested in the arts, she was so impressed by the works of the Renaissance masters—viewed on a family trip to Italy—that her own rendering style emerged under that influence. Eventually mastering and working expertly in this genre, she realized that she needed a new challenge, so she took on printmaking, which in turn lead to painting. Still, the human form remained her primary inspiration, enabling her to generate emotion through recognizable subjects and settings. The works in her Dance series, for example, showcase vibrant colors that capture not only the dancers’ joy of movement but also Linda’s philosophy that “body movement frees your spirit and lifts your sadness.” Conversely, her Beach scenes depict moments of rest and peace by the sea, an element that she finds personally relaxing and healing.
But her art took an unexpected turn in 2007, when the color studies she created for her printmaking, which requires advance planning of space and color usage, struck observers as finished works of art. Taking on a life of their own, these small abstract pieces are now part of her oeuvre, as her creative challenge became to generate emotions through color rather than subject matter. These canvases are often displayed in groups, giving the individual works more impact and providing viewers with a chance to appreciate them both as color studies and harmonious geometrical designs, which convey a sense of energy and suggest the different elements.
This local artist, who graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a BFA in printmaking and minors in graphic design and art history, was a 10-year member of Boston’s Experimental Etching Studio, through which she participated in numerous South End Open Studios. She has exhibited regularly since 1989, with recent shows in Boston and Salem, MA, and twice her work was on view at Alex Grey’s CoSM, a prestigious gallery in New York City. By day a technical trainer at the Department of Revenue—where she develops and conducts computer courses and designs graphics, publications, and multimedia projects—Linda continues both printmaking (encompassing etchings, woodcut reductions, and lithographs) and painting in such mediums as acrylics, dry pigments, and metallics on canvas.
Viewing hours for this exhibit are Monday–Thursday, 10am-9pm; Friday, 10am-6pm; and Saturday, 10am-2pm. Handicapped accessible, Malden Access Television is located at 145 Pleasant St. in Malden Square.
Gallery Spotlight: "Comprehensive Insanity 2012" Artwork by Linda Tedeschi
Click on the video below to see this 8-minute video program about the artist and her artwork.