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Tough Love Press Release

Tough Love

Cat Balco & Megan Craig

Oct 19-November 3, 2012

Cat Balco and Megan Craig

When a friendship is formed based on a mutual commitment to painting, a door for collaborative communication opens. Tough Love explores how color juxtapositions and brush denser forms. Feelings of weight and weightlessness create a pleasant tension in the gallery, and Seton is proud to exhibit their work together for the first time.

A painting can be self-referential, recording movement and time. Balco and Craig seem to follow the German born artist and educator, Joseph Albers, who believed that abstraction is more real than nature. As two undergraduates at Yale in the 90s (Albers taught in the 50s), both artists worked side by side in the studio and also shared an apartment. Each artist began as a New York cityscape painter who later turned to abstraction. Balco is interested in the immediacy of quick painting sessions with big brushes, while Craig responds tocompressed spaces and movement. Both artist reference doodles and sketches when approaching the canvas, a dialogue that lends itself to bold, fluid brushwork.

Cat Balco received her M.F.A. in painting from the Yale School of Art in 2007, where she was the recipient of the Helen Winternitz Award in Painting and the Gloucester Landscape Painting Prize. She has been awarded residency fellowships through the Weir Farm Trust, the Albers Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Yale School of Art at Norfolk. Her paintings have been discussed in international publications including ArtInfo.com, the New York Times, and the London-based magazine Bon International. Recent and upcoming exhibition venues include The Painting Center in New York City, Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT, and Nuartlink Gallery in Westport, CT. Her work is included in the White Columns registry and she is an Associate Fellow at Morse College at Yale University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the Hartford Art School/University of Hartford.

Megan Craig received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research in 2007 and her B.A. from Yale in 1997. She has been awarded painting residencies and fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Weir Farm Trust, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Craig has exhibited nationally and internationally with recent solo shows in New York at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Scott and Bowne in Kent, CT, Donna Tribby Fine Art in West Palm Beach, FL, and the Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim in Germany. She has several publications and has lectured at numerous institutions including Rhode Island School of Design and as part of the "Art in the First Person" series at The School of Visual Arts in New York. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Art at SUNY Stony Brook, in Stony Brook, NY.

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