Preview: Jenn Porreca’s “Crossing The Divide”

Our love affair with San Francisco-based Jenn Porreca continues as we are thrilled to announce her very first solo exhibition on U.S. soil after a three-year hiatus from painting. “Crossing the Divide” opens on Saturday, April 14 with a reception at Distinction Gallery, so head over to Escondido for a weekend staycation; it’s your chance to meet the artist in person and to acquire one of her latest pieces – she’s absolutely wonderful!

“In this body of work I continue to explore the creative urge to perform, and the lives of artists, performers and a futuristic yet old world of melded cultural identities and times. Aesthetically I continue to utilize a folky color palette with muddied hues having grown up in the world of the Pennsylvania Dutch, while contextually I push to pay homage to my familial roots in Europe and Southeast Asia. Silhouettes continue to be an ongoing fascination of mine and in a few pieces in this show you will see hints of work to come in the future,” Porreca explains.

The show includes a few copper and steel plate etchings that Porreca made in Ireland during a residency in 2009 for Intaglio Prints as well as a few very rare pieces painted in oil featuring a swan and a young boy on a tricycle (a she piece painted of her uncle as a young boy in Europe at the close of World War II). A must see!


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