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Lizbeth Mitty & Dana James: The Thread

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I met with rising talent artist Dana James and her mother, veteran NYC artist Lizbeth Mitty, prior to their joint exhibition, “The Thread,” which opened March 15th at M. David & Co. Gallery in Bushwick. It was late February, and the artists were trying to answer the lingering question: Which new works should we display?

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Past, present, future: Lizbeth Mitty and Dana James

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The handsome and evocative two-person show currently at M. David & Co. Gallery in Bushwick is the first public exhibition that Lizbeth Mitty and her daughter Dana James have had together. Yet, in retrospect, it seems to have been inevitable. Mitty grew up in Queens, and James was raised in her parents’ loft in TriBeCa, so they are acutely in tune with the perpetual flux of New York. Intrinsic to the work of both artists is the physical process of adding and subtracting. This shared disposition seems to be, at least in part, a product of living where new skyscrapers rise frequently, business ownership often changes hands, and subway lines are periodically re-oriented. Such developments signify growth but also cancellation and loss.

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Satisfying Shapes, A Mother-Daughter Show, And More Art This Week

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Some artists consider their peers to be like family, but with Lizbeth Mitty and Dana James, it’s literal: the two painters are mother and daughter, and will be joining forces to display their work in a duo exhibition at Bushwick space M. David + Co. this coming Friday. Described as “unapologetic champions of beauty,” Mitty and James both create works that are abstract and colorful, favoring creamy pastels, evocative smudges, and mazelike lines. Of course, though they’re family, their processes differ: Mitty is more inspired by objects found in old scrapyards, while James has a proclivity for cutting up old paintings and making them into new ones.

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Lizbeth Mitty

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Described by New York Times critic Ken Johnson as a combination of “painterly verve and hellish beauty”, the work of veteran artist Lizbeth Mitty has long been focused with examining and amplifying the intrinsic abstract beauty of deteriorating or overlooked corners of urban architecture and interiors.

Her latest endeavor ‘The Thread’ is a joint exhibition with her daughter, Dana James on view at M. David & Co. through April 14th. Taking its title from their genetic and psychosocial bond, ‘The Thread’ presents an intergenerational between two contemporary painters with independent practices yet close-knit lives, whose artwork is undeniably influenced by the presence of one another.

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Satisfying Shapes, A Mother-Daughter Show, And More Art This Week

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Mother-Daughter contemporary artists Lizbeth Mitty (the mother) and Dana James (the daughter) are using their craft to tell the story of their love, relationship, and influence at a new joint show called “The Thread” coming to M. David & Co. Gallery in Bushwick this March. Just in time for Women's History Month.

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Bushwick Gallery Explores Mother-Daughter Artist Duo's Relationship for Women's History Month

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One type of trendy online content today can be found under the label “oddly satisfying.” Paint cutting videos, hands poking indents in spheres of colorful slime, objects fitting perfectly into one another, and so on. Imagery like that can be calming to observe, even if you don’t know exactly why. The work of artist Adrian Kay Wong, an LA dweller bringing his work to the Lower East Side beginning Thursday, has a similar feel to it. Smooth diagonal slashes, even squares, symmetrical curves, and more calming geometry abounds in Wong’s paintings, which are graced with bold colors and landscapes populated with desks, lamps, couches, and flowers. They’re simple, they’re impressive, and they’re definitely satisfying.

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"The Thread" presents an Intergenerational Dialogue Between Mother & Daughter

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Contemporary artists and mother/daughter team Lizbeth Mitty and Dana James are pleased to announce The Thread, a joint exhibition featuring new works from each artist. The show derives its title from their genetic and psychosocial bond, and their mutual experience as women in the art world. Hailing from successive generations with contrasting cultural landscapes, Mitty and James simultaneously diverge and overlap in subject matter they address, while employing antipolar visual linguistics. The artists are closely aligned in their process-driven approaches, and each serves as the other’s most honest and consistent critic. ‘The Thread’ is an intergenerational dialogue between two artists of markedly different aesthetics, whose close-knit familial bond is channeled through technique and modus operandi.

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Whitehot Magazine, Talking About Decadence, Disneyland, and Little Bathrooms with Lizbeth Mitty, Mary Gagler, September, 2017   LINK HERE       DOWNLOAD THE PDF

 

Daily Candy, Weekend Guide, Alisha Prakash, September 19, 2013

The Brooklyn Paper, Change of Art, Sol Park, September 7, 2013   LINK HERE

Seen Around Town/Gallery Travels, Inaugural Group Show at Elgin Gallery, Anne Russinof, September 26, 2013   LINK HERE

Access Art, News 12 Brooklyn, November 17, 2013   LINK HERE

Renegade Digital Solutions, Spotlight On: Red Hook Artist Lizbeth Mitty, Danielle Burnham, November 19, 2015           

Brooklyn Magazine, Back to Forward with Art: 2015/2016, Paul D'Agostino   LINK HERE

Art (inter) New York, View Inside, Paul D'Agostino, June 10, 2015   LINK HERE

Seen Around Town/Gallery Travels, Studio Visit With Lizbeth Mitty, Anne Russinof, March 10, 2016   LINK HERE

Brooklyn Magazine, Gallery Rounds: Up and Underway: Sept. 13, 2016, Paul D'Agostino   LINK HERE

Hyperallergic, Gowanus Open Studios: Oct. 13, 2016, Benjamin Sutton   LINK HERE