J O S E T T E U R S O
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Josette Urso makes paintings and drawings working directly and urgently in response to her immediate environment. Her approach involves moment-to-moment extrapolation governed by intuitive leaps of scale, color and wayward geometry. In the artist's collages, the visual space is simultaneously highly randomized and highly ordered. The play of visual coincidence creates pleasures, just as it keys us into the generative power of chaos. In all of her work Urso’s visual contrasts and cross-fertilizations unfold and are cumulative, non-linear, free flowing and interpretive. Space becomes an ambiguous and malleable substance, its manipulation and acrobatic mark-making becomes a kind of gymnasium of expertly-placed color and shape.
“For me, drawing and painting parallel the act of seeing and are the most direct links to private time with the physical world. Despite the urgency of my process, as I work, time still slows down. My work becomes a record of this exploration and a reflection of my inherent energy and reason for living.” - Josette Urso
The artist is the recipient of grants from The Adolph and Ester Gottlieb Foundation and The Pollack-Krasner Foundation and has been invited for residencies at Yaddo Foundation, UCross Foundation, Millay Foundation in the United States as well as residencies in Germany, Ireland, Cambodia and Taiwan. Urso’s artwork has been acquired by numerous museums and private collections worldwide. She lives and works in New York.
Art in Your Ear (interview with the artist from minute 5:40 - 31:25) from 88.5 FM WMNF