We’re pleased to share the curator’s picks from PxP Contemporary’s current landscape exhibition “Wandering, Wondering” by Charlie J. Meyers! These artworks are still available to collect from the gallery until December 31st, 2021.

Curator Bio:

“I am an American artist and curator working in figurative abstraction and portraiture. My work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions throughout North America and the UK. From 2016-2017, my work was on tour in public and private galleries with the Montreal Arts Council, throughout the province of Quebec. Other highlighted exhibitions in Montreal include Parisian Laundry, Donald Browne Gallery, Lilian Rodriguez Gallery, Joyce Yahouda Gallery, and Gallery B312. 2019 noted exhibitions include Penn State University, Sanger Gallery, and Amos Eno Gallery of NYC. In 2020, I participated in shows in Keywest, FL, and London UK.

I have been a recipient of several grants and awards including the Vermont Studio Residency Grant, Helene Couture Award for Excellence in Painting, and the Concordia University Faculty of Fine Arts Fellowship. In 2017, I was a visiting artist lecturer at the Sherwin B. Nuland Institute in Bioethics at Yale University. In 2020, I was awarded an Artist Relief Grant, an initiative organized by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, United States Artists, and Creative Capital.

From 2019-2021 I managed the production and assembly of haute couture clutch handbags in Ardmore, PA. These one-of-a-kind clutches can be purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, and other high-end boutiques.

In 2020, I started the platform “The Moon Cheese Curator, examining the interface between the body and art production. I curated my first virtual exhibition for Vantage Art Projects in 2020 and will be expanding this curatorial project in 2021.

I paint in my studio in Philadelphia.”

Shawna Koontz, “We Wanted To Feel The Fog Again”, 12 x 9 inches, Watercolor, ink, Yupo, and watercolor paper on panel, 2021

1. Shawna Koontz’s “We Wanted To Feel The Fog Again” is a luscious landscape capturing a glimpse of the sublime that nature's open spaces offer. Filled with psychologically compelling mark-making and blended space, the viewer is immersed in a haze of humidity and wonder.

Billie Rae Busby, “Holding Space” 18 x 36 inches, Acrylic on canvas, 2019

2. How fast does a memory fade after we hurtle by an idyllic field on a long-distance train? Turning echoes of vertigo and movement into flashes of color and light, Billie Rae Busby’s work holds more than just space, but the flow of time itself.

Gabrielle Strong, “Blue Mood 2”, 16 x 20 inches, Oil on canvas, 2021

3. Gabrielle Strong’s painting “Blue Mood 2” elicits my synesthetic response, the rich blues and downward movements vibrating a soft hum against my ears. The vocal calm within the storm erupts through the light, drips into my eyesight, and fills my body, leaving me content.

Bri Cluster, “Complexities II”, 8 x 6 inches, Gouache on arches paper, 2018

4. Turning nature into fragmented marks, Bri Custer’s gouache works on paper transform forests into distorted color fields and impossible spaces. Staring at Complexities II, I remember the stained glass windows of the church I grew up in, and the trees from outside that broke through color. Similar to Custer’s work, my own memories of the glass remain fragmented, soft, and layered.