December 2-28, 2016
Terry Straus’ recent oils and charcoals examine her suburban surroundings combining landscape and pop art. She interrupts atmospheric space with pure color and hard edged graphics. She dissects the modern landscape's deep space with black glossy line. Her paintings use familiar objects such as road-signs, street-lights, and wires to express the menacing, subversive, and dissolute vibe in today's suburbs.
Suburban life is experienced to a great extent through driving one's car. The "screen" through which the world is viewed is the windshield and the language is a mélange of natural elements and colorful abstract images. Decontextualizing road-signs seem to indicate something or nothing at the same time. The wires function not only as a line but as real-world indicators of Renaissance perspective which being an illusion brings in to question the veracity of the entire enterprise. Straus is informed by both Turner’s deep space and natural palette, and Robert Indiana’s graphic compositions and primary colors.
Terry Straus grew up in Ridgewood, NYC. She studied drawing at The Cooper Union High School Scholarship Program. She received an Associates at FIT, BA at Queens College, and Masters at Brooklyn College. She is an Art Students League life member and recipient of an Artist-in-Residence Scholarship of the Art Students League.
While studying at night at School of Visual Arts, Straus worked as Associate Art Director on FORUM Magazine and then as the Assistant to the Creative Director (Rochelle Udell) at Della Femina, Travisano Advertising, (Clients included: Perry Ellis, Coppetone, Conte Nast, CBS News).
Straus left Advertising, gaining tenure teaching Art in New York City High Schools. She joined Allied Artist’s Association, Forest Hills, NY and began to exhibit paintings, drawings and prints. (Her monoprints were included in a PBS special about Robert Blackburn, early 1990s.)
Straus lives in the Hudson Valley and has a painting studio at Garner Arts. She and her husband have three school age children.