Motzkin / Palanza ‘Earth to Sky’ Opening Night – Show Runs Through Sept. 23rd

Posted on Sep 4, 2012

Artcurrent’s two person show, ‘Earth to Sky’ pairing the ceramic works of Judith Motzkin with the abstracted landscape paintings of Dorothy Palanza (courtesy of Schoolhouse Gallery), opened Friday August 31st to a large crowd enjoying the last official weekend of summer in Provincetown. Both artists were present for the opening, sharing insights and perspectives with gallery opening attendees (See slideshow below).

Motkin described her work stating, “I work with the elemental – earth, and fire – and with an appreciation of the serendipity of the process to echo the random beauty of nature, simple and mysterious, contemporary and timeless. time on the outer Cape has interested me in what washes ashore. American and Mexican Indian smoky firing techniques, Asian form and philosophies influence my clay work.
Formal elegance in harmony with nature, and a devotion to living lightly on the earth are my intentions.’ Read about Judith Motzkin’s Bread Pots in this fall’s issue of Edible Boston magazine.

Palanza noted, ‘These works deal with the elements of nature. Land, water, and sky are the predominant components within these paintings. Devoid of any fauna, these works focus on the spaces we inhabit. The
images therefore, are compilations of sketches, photos, written notes, and at times elements collected – salts from the Dead Sea are contained in the painting “Looking Over to Jordan” – from places where
I spent time experientially engaged. Unlike a painting of a specific location, these landscapes are remembrances of my encounter.’ Dorothy Palanza will also be exhibiting this season opening September 21st
through October 24th at Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown; during the Provincetown 10 Days of Art event, with an installation at the Cape Cod National Seashore Herring Cove Beach Bathhouse, pre-demolition exhibit opening September 28 through October 7th; and as the featured artist at the Williams – McCall Gallery, a satellite site for Miami Beach Art Basel opening November 30th through Art Basel week.