The author will also unveil her new book “Collages: 2014” at the opening reception on Tuesday, January 7, 4:30-6 p.m.
(Sarasota, FL) Artist and author Pat Kaufman will exhibit a collection of works from her recent book, Collage 2014, along with a variety of portraits and other paintings, January 7-February 4, 2014, at Plymouth Harbor, 700 John Ringling Blvd. in Sarasota. An opening reception is Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 4:30-6 p.m. At the reception, Kaufman will sign copies of her new book, Colleges: 2014. For more information about this exhibition, call Maryanne Shorin, resident services co-coordinator at Plymouth Harbor, at 941-361-7252.
The exhibit will showcase Kaufman’s classical portraits created in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in the 70s, and many new works she’s created since she moved to this area nine years ago from New York City. For Kaufman, the human form is a longtime obsession.
“The human face, figure, psyche and soul have always been the centerpiece of my paintings,” says Kaufman, adding that most of her figures are “leaping, striding, swimming, flying, heading into the wind at the top of a hill, dancing, bowling, maneuvering a tight rope—and stepping right out of their clothes and misconceptions.”
Kaufman has published dozens of plays, screenplays, and books. She describes herself as “a storyteller in paint and fire words. I critique—with humor, I hope—the absurdity of the human condition. In both my visual art and in my writing, I start with one core image, gesture or question that captures my imagination and run with it.”
Born in New York City, Kaufman was one of the early SoHo pioneers and now divides time between her loft in that historic neighborhood and Sarasota. Her books, plays and paintings “celebrate freedom while taking a casually irreverent scalpel to the puzzles of life and justice,” she says. She is the author and illustrator of three graphic novels, including Alura & Nestor Travel Light, Ludwig & Rose (The Egret’s Tale) and O Florida. Kaufman’s other books include Child of Light: The Greek Orthodox Baptism Book (created with Jaimi and Trulee Jameson), Perpetual Kin, and Frighten the Horses: Words by Women for Women.
Kaufman says that the graphic format is a new way for her to combine her writing and her artwork. “I’ve been writing and painting all of my life. The graphic novel is, for me, a welcome unification of the two genres.”
Since moving to Florida in 2005, Kaufman has exhibited widely in the region. In November, she will showcase her work as part of “La Biennale 2013” at the I.P. Stanback Museum on the campus of South Carolina State University. The artist has been awarded fellowships from the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, PEN America, International PEN, the Ragdale Foundation in Illinois, and The Third Step Theatre Company in New York City.
“Pat Kaufman is a fearless visionary expressing her visions through words, paintings, collages, videos, plays and screenplays,” says Liz Ortiz Mackes, a casting director in New York City who has worked with Kaufman on several projects. “She’s a force to be reckoned with, provoking thought, insight and debate.”
For more information about Pat Kaufman’s writings and artwork, visit www.patriciakaufman.com.