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February 17 – March 17, 2012

Artists: Stephanie Franks, Rumiko Hosoki, and Shoshanna Weinberger


Opening Reception: Friday, February 17, 6-8PM

ISE Cultural Foundation is pleased to present “Why I Draw” a drawing group exhibition by three female artists, Stephanie Franks, Rumiko Hosoki and Shoshanna Weinberger at the Front Space. In this exhibition, three artists will answer the question of “Why I Draw” by their very different and unique work.

Stephanie Franks’s drawings are based on observation and often done in her studio with charcoal, pencil and ink. Among the many reasons Franks likes to draw are the immediacy, simplicity (within complexity), and directness of the process. As her drawing shows, the physical involvement in making marks and taking them away on a hard surface and also the way her senses respond to and translate her relationship with the observed are essential for her. Using the black + whiteness very effectively, she composes and manipulates spaces/forms on the two-dimensional picture plane, and combines playfulness with control. Franks lives and works in New York City. Her work has been shown in many venues both nationally and internationally. She has a coming solo exhibition at Bowery Gallery in NYC in April.

Rumiko Hosoki has been working on her pencil drawing for 10 years. Rather than creating realistic images from observation or having clear visual goal in the beginning, Hosoki produces an abstract surface of rich light and shadow by accumulating the layers of graphite on print paper or watercolor paper with great patience. Hosoki’s obsessive pencil mark is her attempt to search for space/light/form in which she can feel a sense of reality. By using her own hand, she relieves her sense and perception in order to find some kind of landscape or specific moment of light that exists beneath people’s consciousness. Hosoki lives and works in Hokkaodo, Japan. She has shown her work all over in Japan. Hosoki’s work was awarded in the drawing competition at Galerie Simon in Tokyo this year.

For Shoshanna Weinberger, drawing is an immediate and physical reaction that allows her to create a visual language that defines her personal emotions, history and psychology. Weinberger’s motivation is strongly influenced by a Caribbean background and of being a woman in the western world. This story, told through drawing is a reaction based on experiences and observations. The work examines the place of women in a world of expose, of excessive notions of beauty and objectification within popular culture. Weinberger lives and works in Newark, NJ. After she received MFA from Yale University in 2003, she has exhibited her work nationally as well as in her native country Jamaica. Weinberger’s solo exhibition will be until March 2nd at the Solo(s) Project House in Newark, NJ.

Images (from left): Stephanie Franks, Shoshanna Weinberger, Rumiko Hosoki

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